Website Review: ORSA

Full Name: Open Research Scan Archive (formerly Penn Cranial CT Database) URL: http://plum.museum.upenn.edu/~orsa/ Content: High-resolution (sub-millimeter) CT scans of human and non-human crania from the Penn University Museum and other institutions How Many Items/Sites/Projects/Images: about 2900 entries in varying states of completion (October 2009) Principal People Involved: P. Thomas Schoenemann (James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA; […]

Grab a Bucket! It’s Raining Data!

Do you prefer audio? or text? or pictures? No problem, the presentation I’d like to draw attention to has all three. Dorothea Salo (librarian, University of Wisconsin, Madison) spoke at the Canadian Access Conference in Sep. 30-Oct. 3, 2009, in Charlottetown, PEI, a.k.a. Access 2009. Her talk “Grab a Bucket! It’s Raining Data!” touches upon many […]

Failure to communicate

We all know how hard it is sometimes to communicate with colleagues and the public at large about our research… This, however, I hadn’t considered before: http://www.flickr.com/photos/xortch/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 No, that’s not my leg… Have a nice weekend!

Website Review: NADL

Full Name: Nautical Archaeology Digital Library URL: http://nadl.tamu.edu Content: Digital library of artifacts from underwater shipwrecks excavated in Portugal and/or by the Nautical Archaeology Program (NAP) of Texas A&M University; in development; content to date: 12 ancient seafaring/shipbuilding treatises and a shipwreck timeline (475 entries) entry page Authorship: NAP; Richard Furuta (Center for the Study […]

UC Berkeley Collaborative Tools Strategy

In March, the Information Services and Technology group at the University of California, Berkeley produced a report, “UC Berkeley Collaborative Tools Strategy.” It is available online together with many supporting materials. Or you can get everything all at once in pdf format. Worth a look!

Website Review: FAMSI

Full Name: Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. URL: http://www.famsi.org Content: Research materials on the study of ancient Mesoamerica, previously published or not, supported financially or not (“The Foundation is pleased to post the research of scholarship not funded by FAMSI but that contributes to the advancement of Mesoamerican studies.”); ranging from papers […]

Website Review: DAACS

Full Name: Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery URL: http://www.daacs.org Content: 100,000s of artifacts as well as excavated contexts from about 20 archaeological sites in the Chesapeake region, South Carolina and Jamaica, dating back to the 17th-19th century Authorship: Department of Archaeology, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Charlottesville, VA Host/Maintenance: Robert H. […]

Website Review: ABMAP

Full Name: Animal Bone Metrical Archive Project URL: http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/resources.html?abmap Content: measurements of 24,000+ bones of domestic animals from 100+ archaeological assemblages from excavations in southern Britain, from all periods from the Neolithic to the eighteenth century AD, with most from later periods Authorship: Centre for Applied Archaeological Analysis (formerly Centre for Human Ecology), University of […]

Website Review: PaleoDB

Full Name: The Paleobiology Database URL: http://paleodb.org/cgi-bin/bridge.pl Content: Global, collection-based occurrence and taxonomic data for marine and terrestrial animals and plants of any geological age, as well as web-based software for statistical analysis of the data entry page Authorship: John Alroy, project coordinator (University of California, Santa Barbara); individual international contributors Host/Maintenance: National Center for […]

Website Review: NADB

Full Name: National Archeological Database URL: http://www.nps.gov/history/archeology/TOOLS/Nadb.htm (or http://www.cast.uark.edu/home/research/archaeology-and-historic-preservation/archaeological-informatics/national-archaeological-database.html) Content: searchable bibliographic inventory of 350,000+ “grey literature” reports on archeological investigation and planning in the US according to information provided by esp. State Historic Preservation Offices and federal agencies; county-level-averaged maps of site distribution, citation densities, etc.; searchable database of permits planned Authorship: National Park […]