The Xeros data model: tracking interpretations of archaeological finds

Jewell, Michael O., Costanza, Enrico, Frankland, Tom, Earl, Graeme and Moreau, Luc (2012) The Xeros data model: tracking interpretations of archaeological finds. In, IPAW 2012 - 4th International Provenance and Annotation Workshop, Santa Barbara, US, 18 - 22 Jun 2012. 14pp. (doi:10.1007/978-3-642-34222-6_11).


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At an archaeological dig, interpretations are built around discovered artifacts based on measurements and informed intuition. These interpretations are semi-structured and organic, yet existing tools do not capture their creation or evolution. Patina of Notes (PoN) is an application designed to tackle this, and is underpinned by the Xeros data model. Xeros is a graph structure and a set of operations that can deal with the addition, edition, and removal of interpretations. This data model is a specialisation of the W3C PROV provenance data model, tracking the evolution of interpretations. The model is presented, with operations defined formally, and characteristics of the representation that are beneficial to implementations are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/978-3-642-34222-6_11
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Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions : Faculty of Humanities > Archaeology
Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 340405
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
20 June 2012Delivered
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2012 17:14
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:30
Sandpit: PATINA: Personal Architectonics Through INteractions with Artefacts
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/H042806/1)
Led by: Mike C Fraser
1 October 2010 to 31 December 2013
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