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Computer Ready Records

unpublished

Abstract

In many cases archaeologists wanting to apply electronic tools to their projects will face an intimidating and perhaps impossible task because the original record was not conceived or collected with a logic that is readily accessible to the computer.

This paper aims to demonstrate how small changes to record keeping habits in the field can have the records ready for easy input into computerized formats, either immediately or in the future, when and if this is required. As well, some simple tools and techniques will be described that have the capacity to speed up certain tasks while creating a more accurate and durable record. This will include a description of a system for collecting and annotating measurements that is demonstrably more efficient than those employed at present


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Last change: 15 February, 1996 (Steve Nickerson) steve@icomos.org