Italy, Pisa

Data-Driven Archaeology

when 25 June 2018 - 13 July 2018
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 750

The Summer School “Data-Driven Archaeology” will enable participants to manage the life cycle of digital archaeological data. It is built around a new paradigm, which takes into consideration archaeologists as both producers and users of digital archaeological data. Attendees will learn the concepts and methods of data retrieval, management, analysis and communication through an integrated use of software, statistical and practical principles. This will be accomplished through field activities connected to pottery analysis within the ArchAIDE project, and ICT-related activities carried out in laboratory and taught in the lectures. The Summer School will take place from June 25th to July 13th 2018, at the University of Pisa, Italy.

The training modules follow the stages of archaeological data life cycle.

1.) Data recording and related tools
Standard methods of recording archaeological data, positive and critical aspects; data formats; practical activities with potteries from ArchAIDE project.

2.) Open Data
Search and clean data from the web; Open Data: standards, formats, licenses; re-usable data and compatibility between different data bases.
3.) Data Management
Data storage and management systems; relational databases and SQL; big data and no-SQL databases; GIS applications; metadata; ontologies. Case studies from potteries of ArchAIDE project.
4.) Data Analysis
Overview of possibilities of mathematical and statistical modelling in Archaeology; descriptive statistics; statistical testing; Analsis of Variance; linear regression; spatial analysis; predictive modelling and data mining in Archaeology. Applications to data from ArchAIDE project.
5.) Data visualisation and communication
Publication methods and tools; dissemination and communication of the archaeological data, data visualisation; storytelling.

Course leader

Gabriele Gattiglia

Target group

Students, graduates, PhD candidates, and post-docs in archaeology or related to Cultural Heritage. Specific computer science or technology skills are not required. The course is open to EU (including University of Pisa students) and non-EU applicants. For an effective learning environment, the number of participants will be limited to 20.

Course aim

In Humanities, the exponential increase in digital documentation requires us to question its management, its use, its availability to the scientific community and its sustainability. In archaeology, these issues are even more crucial because they relate to non-reproducible primary data. In order to effectively retrieve, store, manage, prepare for analysis, and communicate the information and the scientific range of such amount of data, modern archaeologists should be able to deal with concepts and tools related to new technologies. Such digital competencies are not present in a standard archaeology background, though they are very important in order to effectively interact with ICT experts. The Data-Driven Archaeology summer school aims for a fruitful combination of archaeology and statistics through the teaching of Data analysis, Data mining, and Data visualization techniques, extremely relevant but by no means common across Humanities. The large amounts of data that are produced through archaeological work show a wide degree of heterogeneity, complexity, and interconnection, making the use of algorithmic methods unavoidable.

Fee info

EUR 750: course fees (Euros (accomodation and food not included)



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