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GIS Guide to Good Practice
Section 1: Aims and Objectives

1.3 The thematic sections

To enable practitioners to target the individual sections most relevant to the particular task at hand, the aims of each section are summarised here:

  • Section 2 provides a brief introduction to the role of GIS within archaeology, containing many pointers to important core references and fundamental texts. The aim of this section is to provide a contextual background to GIS in archaeology.

  • The aim of Section 3 is to discuss the principle types of primary spatial and attribute data, common sources of these data, and the processes by which they can be integrated within a GIS environment.

  • In Section 4 the procedures and considerations involved in the effective structuring, organisation and maintenance of an active GIS database are discussed. In addition, suggestions for working with derived data are introduced.

  • The aim of Section 5 is to discuss the importance of careful documentation. In effect what to record and when, in order to facilitate the convenient discovery and re-use of both active and archival GIS-based data resources. The concepts of documentation and metadata will be explored and discussed together with a working introduction to the Dublin Core, the metadata standard for resource discovery adopted by the ADS.

  • Section 6 contains a practical discussion on how to deposit and catalogue with the ADS. This will include a detailed introduction to the creation of metadata records.

  • In Section 7.1 a carefully selected set of bibliographic references is provided to enable individuals to study topics in more detail. In addition an internal glossary is presented in Section 7.2.


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