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Published on July 2, 2008

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Recording a fragile past The Portable Antiquities Scheme Daniel Pett

Who am I and what do I? I work for the Portable Antiquities Scheme Responsible for Scheme’s ICT Run the largest archaeological database of artefacts ever created online (that we know of!) Have access to over 338,000 objects and176,000 images I provide advice to the British Museum on web technologies and GIS Try to provide innovative applications for our audiences

I work for the Portable Antiquities Scheme

Responsible for Scheme’s ICT

Run the largest archaeological database of artefacts ever created online (that we know of!)

Have access to over 338,000 objects and176,000 images

I provide advice to the British Museum on web technologies and GIS

Try to provide innovative applications for our audiences

What do we do? Founded in 1996, in 6 pilot areas Went National in 2003 with 36 recording officers known as Finds Liaison Officers Record objects found by members of the public Run outreach events to promote best practice Work with National bodies to promote archaeology Employ 50 people in archaeology with a huge range of talents

Founded in 1996, in 6 pilot areas

Went National in 2003 with 36 recording officers known as Finds Liaison Officers

Record objects found by members of the public

Run outreach events to promote best practice

Work with National bodies to promote archaeology

Employ 50 people in archaeology with a huge range of talents

Why is the Scheme important? Provides unique research material for England and Wales (in one place!) Has a proven track record for attracting AHRC funding for second and third degrees Records data that would otherwise be lost to archaeologists It is the only project of its type in the world

Provides unique research material for England and Wales (in one place!)

Has a proven track record for attracting AHRC funding for second and third degrees

Records data that would otherwise be lost to archaeologists

It is the only project of its type in the world

Is it any good?

Awards In 2000, the Scheme won the Silver Trowel at the British Archaeology Awards In 2008, the Head of the Scheme was awarded an OBE for services to Heritage

In 2000, the Scheme won the Silver Trowel at the British Archaeology Awards

In 2008, the Head of the Scheme was awarded an OBE for services to Heritage

What people say! David Lammy MP, Former Minister for Culture, said ‘ Metal detectorists […] Thanks to the responsible approach they display in reporting finds and the systems we have set up to record them, more archaeological material is available for all to seeat museums or to study online.’ Neil MacGregor Director, the British Museum said ‘ This huge increase in finds is testimony to the success of the Treasure Act and the Portable Antiquities Scheme and makes a crucial contribution to our understanding of our past. Mark Fisher, MP (Lab.) ‘ Over the past 10 years, the field of antiquities in England and Wales has been transformed-there is no other word for it- by the Treasure Act 1996 and by the portable antiquities scheme. Mike Heyworth, MBE, Director of the CBA ‘ Too good to become history…’ British Archaeology 100

Research in progress 12 PhDs - 5 funded as CDAs 3 AHRC projects - 1 at UCL 28 Masters 13 Undergraduates 12 internal projects You could join these researchers - ask me afterwards

12 PhDs - 5 funded as CDAs

3 AHRC projects - 1 at UCL

28 Masters

13 Undergraduates

12 internal projects

You could join these researchers - ask me afterwards

Objects by period

Objects by year Note 2007 - After 3 months, nearly 30K objects - extrapolated that makes 120K for this year (very unlikely!)

Treasure cases by year Foot & Mouth outbreak

What do we record?

 

 

 

A typical record High quality description Multiple images Reference material Spatial data if you have the correct acess rights Metrics and discovery

Mapping public discovery

How many people do we reach via the internet? Year Unique Visitors Number of visits Pages viewed Pages per visit 2004 84,174 289,595 4,847,892 16 2005 152,711 555,289 9,639,621 18 247,103 720,369 15,469,127 21 Steady increase all round - estimated 8-10,000 detectorists so we reach thousands of people per annum who do not indulge in collecting or discovering artefacts

Year Unique Visitors Number of visits Pages viewed Pages per visit

2004 84,174 289,595 4,847,892 16

2005 152,711 555,289 9,639,621 18

247,103 720,369 15,469,127 21

Steady increase all round -

estimated 8-10,000 detectorists so we reach thousands of people per annum who do not indulge in collecting or discovering artefacts

The Scheme as a content provider

Reuse of our data

Data feeds Since 2003 RSS feeds have been offered for nearly everything we produce JSON feeds and XML now available Database being rebuilt in 2008 By December an api will be available All data and the database itself will become more accessible

Since 2003 RSS feeds have been offered for nearly everything we produce

JSON feeds and XML now available

Database being rebuilt in 2008

By December an api will be available

All data and the database itself will become more accessible

Licenced data: Content provided under

Where else is our content used? Online: BRICKS - finds identifier People’s Network Discovery Service Offline: Academic journals, papers, original research, desk based assessments, etc Where else could our content be used? The new British Museum website - for example, departmental pages could have recent finds that relate to their period (RSS or OAI-PMH to search our dbase) The 24 Hour Museum - for example local museum pages could have feeds of local finds (RSS) Local society websites Historic Environment Record - XML or OAI-PMH Web mashups - plot PAS finds, against Oxford Archaeology WMS, vs Megalithic Portal vs Museum locations (not done yet before you ask!)

http://twitter.com/bm_pants Latest Scheme updates sent to Twitter; e.g. Finds of note Latest blog posts ( www.finds.org.uk/wordpress ) Updates from theyworkforyou.com relating to us

The Scheme has a group and a page. It accounts for >2% of our incoming referrers. When our funding troubles began, the public created a “ Save the Portable Antiquity Scheme ” group (700+ members) and 2 petitions on the Parliamentary site (>2000 signatures)

Image dissemination Photos from annual reports, press launches etc are released under CC at: http://flickr.com/photos/finds Feel free to tag or annotate them.

Photos from annual reports, press launches etc are released under CC at:

http://flickr.com/photos/finds

Feel free to tag or annotate them.

Example usage of flickr feed

Leveraging our data Each staff member has their own profile page Their latest records and stats are presented on their pages

Each staff member has their own profile page

Their latest records and stats are presented on their pages

Roman coin guide High res image Reece period of coin Number of coins of this issuer (dynamic update)

Coin knowledge Database tells us what denoms possible Active mints under this issuer Last 1o examples of their coins recorded

Zoom & pan

Mapping our data on the web

Google mapping

Same data – google maps

Data viewed in Google Earth

External archaeological use This is where it gets interesting…..

The end. Visit our website @ www.finds.org.uk Contact me: [email_address]

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