Message #234:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: CRM Database Workshop at Pecos Conference
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 1996 08:53:47 -0700 (MST)
Mime-Version: 1.0

This preliminary meeting at Pecos Conference could funnel into the SWA
Conference in Phoenix on November 2nd. See the SWA Internet Conference
announcement located at

From: Michael Dice & Cynthia Williams

Please distribute this announcement liberally to idividuals and
organizations involved in or interested in
developing and maintaining databases related to cultural sites management,
research, etc.

In the spirit of the Pecos Conference, "to pool knowledge of facts and
techniques, and to lay a foundation for a unified system of nomenclature,"
(Kidder, of course), we would like to hold a workshop during the '96 Pecos
Conference in which we share ideas about digital management of cultural
resource information.  Possible topics for discussion include:  database
structuring--common problems and solutions; data retreival formats; data
sourcing, standardization and "metadata"; data dissemination--ethics and
responsibilities; data sharing--compatibility of operating systems,
software, and terminology; maintaining provenience integrity in complex
databases, partnerships--building common databases.  There are a million
more things that come to mind, but I don't want to jam up cyberspace for too

An informal gathering of computer geeks, resource managers, and researchers
from the four-corners and beyond could sow some seeds for future
developments and help us to take full advantage of the advances in computer
technology and accessibility.  I think all organizations involved in
archaeology in any capacity can contribute to the discussion.

Listen for an announcement about the workshop when you get to the
conference.  And bring copies of your data structures and data dictionaries
to share.  

If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact me at, or if you are on ccmail, look up my name in the
addresses (Cynthia L. Williams at Mesa Verde National Park).  Hope to see
you in Flagstaff!  

Cynthia L. Williams, Archaeologist, Mesa Verde National Park