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The national database for Scotland: evolution of the digital resource

McKeague, Peter ; Jones, Rebecca

In: Posluschny, A. ; Lambers, K. ; Herzog, I. (Hrsgg.): Layers of Perception. Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Berlin, 2.-6. April 2007. Koll. Vor- u. Frühgesch. 10. Bonn 2008, pp. 186-193

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RCAHMS maintains the national database and hosts the national collections of the archaeological and built heritage of Scotland, including its maritime waters. In the last twenty years, the database has evolved from a paper-based system to an Oracle database and GIS with well-established online search facilities (Canmore) and partnership applications (SWISH and PASTMAP). As RCAHMS approaches its centenary in 2008, new strategies are required not only to manage increasing volumes of information from professional organisations and amateur groups, but to engage the wider public not only through data mediation and the presentation of information already held in the database, but also by encouraging their active participation. This paper outlines current initiatives at RCAHMS to encourage data standards including the development of a Scottish thesaurus of monuments and the endorsement of the ASPIRE protocol and OASIS application. The database is also evolving to develop the Events-Monuments-Collections model.

Document type: Book Section
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010 13:24
Faculties / Institutes: Research Project, Working Group > Individuals
DDC-classification: Alte Geschichte, Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Archäologie
Subject (Propylaeum): Prehistoric Archaeology
Classical Archaeology
Controlled Keywords: Archäologie, Informatik, Computerunterstütztes Verfahren, Computervisualistik, Interdisziplinäre Forschung, Schottland, |Architektur
Subject (classification): History of the ancient world to ca. 499
Countries/Regions: Europe north and west of Italy (Antiquity)