Introduction to File Formats and Archeological Data Preparation, using the archeoViz Application

This document is intended for teachers introducing students in archaeology to basic concepts related to computer file formats. It presents the basics for a class syllabus, using the archeoViz application as a pedagogical resource.

  • Concepts: file formats, tabular data, CSV format, archaeological field data.
  • Audience: beginners, intermediate.
  • Material:
    • a computer with an internet connection, a spreadsheet editor, an unzipper software,
    • the example Excel file.

File formats

  • Download the XLSX file and open it.
  • Examine the data structure and interpret the variables.
  • Convert it into a CSV file (pay attention to the delimiters).
  • Compare the size of the two files.

For intermediate audience:

  • unzip the XLSX file, examine its structure;
  • open the CSV file with a text editor.]

Data formatting for archeoViz

  • Read the archeoViz guidelines about data format.
  • Method 1: Use the SEAHORS application to load, prepare, and download the file.
  • Method 2: edit the CSV file:
    • rename the variable names,
    • split the values of the square labels into two columns “square_x” and “square_y”,
  • Upload and test the file in an online archeoViz instance.

Readings

  • Wikipedia’s page on the CSV format.


Citer ce billet
Sébastien Plutniak (2023, 9 juillet). Introduction to File Formats and Archeological Data Preparation, using the archeoViz Application. archeoViz. Data visualization in archaeology. Consulté le 14 juin 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/bd7i

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