Never Let a Roadblock Stop You

This past week we began working on the Avkat Informatics Project.  We planned this development to be more or less linear. However, we discovered that this will not be possible due to a number of obstructions.

The main delay involves our server, which appears to have experienced a number of internal errors resulting in services not starting up properly.   It was discovered that a reinstallation of ArcServer would be the best course. We are using this as an opportunity to upgrade from ArcServer 9.3 to 10, and have split the development of the WMA into two main sections. First, we will begin developing the user interface in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript using stand-in data obtained from ESRI to test layout and functionality. Once the server is upgraded later this week, we will begin importing actual project data into ArcSDE, uploading it to ArcServer, and creating services for consumption.

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Introduction

Welcome to the Avkat Archaeological Project’s Informatics development blog! This blog will be providing information throughout the summer on the creation of web mapping applications associated with the Avkat Archaeological Project. There are three facets that this project will be focusing on this summer:

  1. Cleaning data to enhance analysis
  2. Organizing and enhancing the current ArcSDE geodatabase environment with an eye to long-term data curation
  3. Designing and developing web mapping applications using ArcGIS API for JavaScript.

The Avkat web mapping application will eventually serve a variety of purposes including data dissemination, visualization, and analysis initially targeted at the needs of principal investigators of the Avkat Archaeological Project.  Further goals include the expansion of the web portal’s functionality to support the needs of the wider academic and lay community and developing the underlying data structure to provide wide applications to a variety of research needs in the social, humanistic, and natural sciences.

Financial support for this digital initiative comes from the Department of History at Princeton University and the Department of Classics and School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs at the College of Charleston.  Logistical and technical support is provided by the Santee Cooper GIS Laboratory at the College of Charleston.

Meet the Team
Dr. James Newhard
– Is Assistant Director of the Avkat Archaeological Project and leads the development of the project’s archaeoinformatics. His research interests include geospatial applications in archaeology, archaeological methodology, and landscape studies. He has conducted fieldwork in Turkey, Greece, Albania, and the United States.

Dr. Norman Levine – Is geospatial director to the Avkat Archaeological Project and Director of the Santee Cooper GIS Laboratory at the College of Charleston.  His research interests include natural and environmental hazards, geoarchaeology, and geospatial informatics and visualizations.

John Wall – Is the geospatial developer for the Avkat Archaeological Project. His primary research interests include data visualization and analysis through various geospatial environments and remote sensing technologies. He has conducted research in Turkey, Ireland, and United States.

Kurt Goldstein – Is the database manager for the Avkat Archaeological Project. His primary interests include database integrity, optimization, and versatility.

The Avkat Archaeological Project
The Avkat Archaeological Project is an interdisciplinary, multifaceted regional survey project conducted between 2007 and 2009 in the Republic of Turkey. The project has sought to integrate large, complex datasets of varying types towards an understanding of the regional history of a small section of north central Anatolia.

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