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Information flows as bases for archeology-specific geodata infrastructures : an exploratory study in Flanders

Berdien De Roo (UGent) , Jean Bourgeois (UGent) and Philippe De Maeyer (UGent)
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Accurate and detailed data recording is indispensable for documenting archeological projects and for subsequent information exchange. To prevent comprehension and accessibility issues in these cases, data infrastructures can be useful. The establishment of such data infrastructures requires a clear understanding of the business processes and information flows within the archeological domain. This study attempts to provide insights into how information is managed in Flemish archeological processes and how this management process can be enhanced: an exploratory study based on an analysis of the new Flemish Immovable Heritage Decree, informal interviews with Flemish archeological organizations, and the results of an international survey. Three main processes, in which certified archeologists and the Flemish Heritage agency are key actors, were identified. Multiple types of information, the majority of which contain a geographical component, are recorded, acquired, used, and exchanged. Geographical information systems (GIS) and geodatabases therefore appear to be valuable components of an archeology-specific data infrastructure. This is of interest because GIS are widely adopted in archeology and multiple Flemish archeological organizations are in favor of a government-provided exchange standard or database templates for data recording. Furthermore, free and open source software is preferred to ensure cost efficiency and customizability.
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information use, SITE, data processing

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De Roo, Berdien, Jean Bourgeois, and Philippe De Maeyer. “Information Flows as Bases for Archeology-specific Geodata Infrastructures : an Exploratory Study in Flanders.” JOURNAL OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 67.8 (2016): 1928–1942. Print.
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De Roo, Berdien, Bourgeois, J., & De Maeyer, P. (2016). Information flows as bases for archeology-specific geodata infrastructures : an exploratory study in Flanders. JOURNAL OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 67(8), 1928–1942.
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De Roo, Berdien, Jean Bourgeois, and Philippe De Maeyer. 2016. “Information Flows as Bases for Archeology-specific Geodata Infrastructures : an Exploratory Study in Flanders.” Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 67 (8): 1928–1942.
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De Roo, Berdien, Jean Bourgeois, and Philippe De Maeyer. 2016. “Information Flows as Bases for Archeology-specific Geodata Infrastructures : an Exploratory Study in Flanders.” Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 67 (8): 1928–1942.
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De Roo B, Bourgeois J, De Maeyer P. Information flows as bases for archeology-specific geodata infrastructures : an exploratory study in Flanders. JOURNAL OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 2016;67(8):1928–42.
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B. De Roo, J. Bourgeois, and P. De Maeyer, “Information flows as bases for archeology-specific geodata infrastructures : an exploratory study in Flanders,” JOURNAL OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol. 67, no. 8, pp. 1928–1942, 2016.
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  abstract     = {Accurate and detailed data recording is indispensable for documenting archeological projects and for subsequent information exchange. To prevent comprehension and accessibility issues in these cases, data infrastructures can be useful. The establishment of such data infrastructures requires a clear understanding of the business processes and information flows within the archeological domain. This study attempts to provide insights into how information is managed in Flemish archeological processes and how this management process can be enhanced: an exploratory study based on an analysis of the new Flemish Immovable Heritage Decree, informal interviews with Flemish archeological organizations, and the results of an international survey. Three main processes, in which certified archeologists and the Flemish Heritage agency are key actors, were identified. Multiple types of information, the majority of which contain a geographical component, are recorded, acquired, used, and exchanged. Geographical information systems (GIS) and geodatabases therefore appear to be valuable components of an archeology-specific data infrastructure. This is of interest because GIS are widely adopted in archeology and multiple Flemish archeological organizations are in favor of a government-provided exchange standard or database templates for data recording. Furthermore, free and open source software is preferred to ensure cost efficiency and customizability.},
  author       = {De Roo, Berdien and Bourgeois, Jean and De Maeyer, Philippe},
  issn         = {2330-1635},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY},
  keywords     = {information use,SITE,data processing},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {8},
  pages        = {1928--1942},
  title        = {Information flows as bases for archeology-specific geodata infrastructures : an exploratory study in Flanders},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.23511},
  volume       = {67},
  year         = {2016},
}

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