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GIS Guide to Good Practice
Section 3 - Spatial data types

3.8 Common sources of Attribute data

Below are some likely sources of attribute data which you may come across, and wish to re-use:

  • paper based card indexes
  • archaeological site and survey archives (including paper based records, finds databases)
  • qualitative report texts and articles published in journals (paper based or on the Internet)
  • microfiche archives
  • geophysical interpretation data derived from interpreted geophysics plots
  • aerial photograph interpretations which may include morphological analysis, attribute data and photo source information
  • typological databases or artefact type series
  • data generated at a regional level for integrated large scale historic landscape studies, such as the English Heritage Open Fields Project
  • local level archaeological databases (e.g. Sites and Monuments Records or Urban Archaeological Databases where they are held separately)
  • local museum site and finds databases
  • local Record Offices
  • national archaeological databases (such as the various National Monument Records or English Heritage's database of Scheduled Ancient Monuments)
  • Gardens Trust surveys
  • historic buildings surveys and databases maintained by local authorities
  • metadata relating to data sets


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