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DANA: A New Software Tool for Field Archaeologists
Dr. Stefan Münger (University of Bern)/ Liat Weinblum (IAA)

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  1. 1. Digital Archaeology and National Archives A New Software Tool for Field Archaeologists Liat Weinblum (Israel Antiquities Authority) Dr. Stefan Münger (University of Bern) Khirbet Adasse, excavated by Yehiel Zelinger, 2015
  2. 2. The Envisioned Tool • Easy adaptation to diverse work situations in the field • Time efficient • Streamlining archaeological documentation processes • Simplifying administrative reporting • Easy connectivity to pre-existing institutional IT-framework ‘Enot Nisanit, excavated by Yotam Tepper, 2012
  3. 3. The Development of the System • Stand-alone solution not depending on network connectivity • Adaptation to different work contexts • Method sensitive • Scalability • Integration into existing workflows Khirbet Adasse, excavated by Yehiel Zelinger, 2015
  4. 4. Focus on Usability • User friendliness • Streamlining of excavation processes using a common ‘archaeological language’ (thesaurus) • Full standardization of all IAA excavations • Efficiency of post-excavation processes Khirbet Adasse, excavated by Yehiel Zelinger, 2015
  5. 5. Technical specifications of the System • Based of FileMaker Pro, V. 12.0.3 and higher • GUI enhanced on basis of OpenLayers, V. 13.0.1 and other open-source libraries • CalcEngine expanded using e.g. GeoScript (Groovy) • Third-party plugins • ODBC connectivity, data exchange via XML, geoJSON etc. Ramat Beth Shemesh, excavated by Itzhak Paz, 2014
  6. 6. The Implementation of the System • Alpha phase focused on • Applicability of the system • Definition of work processes • Usability in the field • Efficiency • DANA = Digital Archaeology and National Archives • Full implementation since 2014 with c. 300 excavations p.a.
  7. 7. Post-excavation Processes • Excavation report in PDF format • Data export to institutional IT- framework • Bureaucratical procedure closing • Photographic archive • Data export and import to/from experts • Data export for GIS analysis
  8. 8. Conclusion • Ongoing development of software components • Constant monitoring of user experience in order to achieve best possible usability • Positive feedback of field staff and institutional administrative units Nahal Shiqma, excavated by Rina Avner, 2013
  9. 9. Thank you for your attention! Ness Ziona, excavated by Uzi Ad, 2013 Khirbet Adasse, 2015 Nahal Shiqma, 2012

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