Preserving the past for the future generations of Australians

Lake CootharabaThe challenge

To date there is no formal management process to make these data available in a ‘grid environment’ for wider access. For archaeology to benefit from the advances made in high performance computing, it is critical to facilitate and automate many basic data management processes. ‘Data grids’ can provide these functions by establishing and developing infrastructure and tools needed to facilitate discovery and analysis. They also address the problem of long-term preservation of data by providing persistent archives.

The project

The central goal of this project is the development and implementation of an Australian archaeological digital collection platform based on existing High Performance Computing techniques and infrastructure.
The digital collection will facilitate the dissemination and interchange of archaeological data both across disciplines and institutions and across the public and private sectors; enhance the ability of archaeological research to reach its full potential; and contribute to discourses about Australian cultural heritage and identity.

Our case study is the Mill Point Archaeological Project in Southeast Queensland as the model for future digital collections.

This initiative builds on existing developments made overseas and through strategic collaborations between UQ and ANU and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego.

Temporary Test Site

» access the e-archaeology digital collection (NB: testing site: things will change!)

» basic manual (NB: testing site: things will change!)

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