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Completed   Start Date : 2007 End Date : 2009 Info Last Updated : Thu, Dec 2 2010 5:01pm PST

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  Community Data Systems  

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The Archaeotools project was a two year project built upon previous ADS work to develop tools (the Common Information Environment - Archaeobrowser project) that allow archaeologists to discover, share and analyse datasets and legacy publications that had hitherto been very difficult to integrate into digital frameworks. The project had three interrelated objectives, each represented by a distinct workpackage.

The first aimed to index the ADS database of over one million metadata records that described sites and monuments in the UK. Secondly the project employed natural language processing (NLP) to allow automated tools to search within documents for terms which are part of known classification schemes, adding them to a facetted index, and providing much deeper and richer access to unpublished archaeological literature. Thirdly, the tools were employed to investigate whether it was possible to identify and harvest index terms within older antiquarian literature as represented by back runs of archaeological journals recently digitised and made available online.

The project produced a major sustainable resource for archaeological research and made it available to all users via the ADS. It also allowed recommendations to be made for the future format and indexing of grey literature, but its results also had implications for the wider humanities e-Science community.


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  On a former incarnation of the ArchaeoTools Website, under "Downloads" it says, "No downloads available. Due to copyright issues the software cannot be distributed currently."  

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Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

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University of York
   Archaeology Data Service
University of Sheffield
   Department of Computer Science (University of Sheffield)
      Natural Language Processing Group (University of Sheffield)

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