Mobile decision making and knowledge management: supporting geoarchaelogists in the field

Martin Blunn, Julie Cowie, David E. Cairns, Clare Wilson, Donald Davidson

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Abstract

There is a professional responsibility placed upon archaeologists to record all possible information about a given excavated site of which soil analysis is one important but frequently marginalised aspect. This paper introduces SASSA (Soil Analysis Support System for Archaeologists), whose primary goal is to promote the wider use of soil analysis techniques through a selection of 'web based' software tools. A description is given of the field tool developed which supports both the recording of soil related archaeological data in a comprehensive manner and provide a means of inferring information about the site under investigation. Insight is gained through a user evaluating numerous decision trees relating to pertinent archaeological questions. Whilst the field tool is capable of working in isolation, it offers a superior experience when operated in unison with a Wiki. A brief discussion of the use of the Wiki application within the SASSA project is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems
EditorsJorge Cardoso, José Cordeiro, Joaquim Filipe
PublisherSciTePress
Pages57-62
Number of pages6
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9789728865894
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2006

Publication series

NameICEIS - International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems conference series

Keywords

  • Mobile Decision Support
  • Archaeology

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