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Spacialist – A Virtual Research Environment for the Spatial Humanities

By Matthias Lang, Michael Derntl, Benjamin Glissmann, Vinzenz Rosenkranz, Dirk Seidensticker and David Kirschenheuter


Many archaeological research projects generate data and tools that are unusable or abandoned after the funding period ends. To counter this unsustainable practice, the Spacialist project was tasked to create a virtual research environment that offers an integrated, web-based user interface to record, browse, analyze, and visualize all spatial, graphical, textual and statistical data from archaeological or cultural heritage research projects. Spacialist is developed as an open-source software platform composed of modules providing the required functionality to end-users. It builds on controlled multi-language vocabularies and an abstract, extensible data model to facilitate data recording and analysis, as well as interoperability with other projects and infrastructures. Development of Spacialist is driven by an interdisciplinary team in collaboration with various pilot projects in different areas of archaeology. To support the complete research lifecycle, the platform is being integrated with the University’s research-data archive, guaranteeing long-term availability of project data

Topics: 930, spatial humanities, virtual research environments, digital archaeology
Publisher: Universität Tübingen
Year: 2020
DOI identifier: 10.15496/publikation-43218
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