Message #129:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Software Advice Needed
Date: Fri, 3 May 1996 14:32:32 -0700 (MST)
Mime-Version: 1.0


From: Rolf Sinclair/NSF Physics Division  rsinclai@nsf.gov
Plz pass this question along to everyone on the list and/or post it on the
SWA SASIG archival web page, as you think appropriate.  Thanks. Rolf
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I have a question about computer usage. I want to find well-recommended
commercial software for handling data as follows:

*The data describe a large number of items. Each item is identified by a
number of parameters, including geographical location (coordinates) where
found and type of site, with the possibility of adding more parameters later.

*For many of the items there will be an associated digitized picture or a
computer-generated sketch; this picture should be able to be called up
easily (perhaps in one corner of the screen) while looking at the entry for
that item. (This will require in addition a way of scanning pictures into
the computer, and generating sketches in the computer.) There should also be
a way to call up a number of these pictures or sketches at the same time,
showing them in a split-screen mode for visual comparison (like laying out
pictures in an array).

*Also, there should be close coupling to graphical displays and map-type
displays so selected items can appear on graphs, or as points on a map
showing where they came from.

I'm sure archaeologists and anthropologists already do just this with
ceramics, projectile points,...,  you name it.

Who would you recommend I ask for advice? Someone (or some ones) who has
(have) already done all this and found the advantages and disadvantages of
various products on the market. People that are good at this kind of science
*and* are skillful in the use of computers -- and possibly find uses for
software that were not originally envisaged. My ideal may involve several
applications (like a spreadsheet, a picture-storer, a graphics program, and
a mapping program) that have to be interwoven cleverly.

Rolf Sinclair
rsinclai@nsf.gov