archeoViz newsletter #12 May 2024

Dear subscribers to the archeoViz newsletter,

This is the 12th archeoViz newsletter, about May 2024. The main changes this month regard the number of new instances – no less than 5!
Other news and updates are presented by section below.

Feel free to submit us any questions or suggestions about the application and its interface, possible datasets, or people likely to be interested (write to: archeoviz-maintainers@services.cnrs.fr).

All the best,
Sébastien, with Anaïs & Élisa

The archeoViz Portal
The archeoViz blog

Publications and documentation

  • archeoViz and the archeoViz Portal were presented in a seminar at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, the 15th May 2024.

The archeoViz Portal: additions and improvements

This month, 5 new instances have been referenced on the archeoViz Portal:

  • Semizbugu P1, a site surveyed in Kazakhstan
  • Semizbugu P5
  • Hoedjiespunt 1, a Prehistoric site in South Africa
  • PEPAdb, the Prehistoric Europe’s Personal Adornment database including 408 sites
  • BDA, the “Base de données archéologiques” database including 4946 sites:
  • Interestingly, these two instances (BDA and PEPAdb) are directly connected to the corresponding databases: consequently, updates in the databases are immediately visible in the archeoViz instances.

In addition, one instance has been updated:

  • Bastos, a prehistoric site in Brazil, was updated with 310 new objects from the 2023 excavation

archeoViz newsletter #11 April 2024

Dear subscribers to the archeoViz newsletter,

This is the 11th archeoViz newsletter, about April 2024. The main update of this month regards the range of statistical analyses that can be executed from archeoViz.

Other news and updates are presented by section below.

Feel free to submit us any suggestions about the application and its interface, possible datasets, or people likely to be interested (write to: archeoviz-maintainers@services.cnrs.fr).

All the best,
Sébastien, with Anaïs & Élisa

The archeoViz Portal
The archeoViz blog

Publications and documentation

  • archeoViz and the archeoViz Portal were presented at the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) conference, held in Auckland, 8-12 April 2024 in a communication entitled “Fostering field data publication in archaeology and paleontology through agile web visualisation: the archeoviz open source application and its web platform”
  • The 4 pages booklet, presenting archeoViz and the archeoViz Portal has been updated.

The archeoViz Portal: additions and improvements

This month, 2 new instances have been indexed on the archeoViz Portal:

In addition, the archeoViz Portal interface now distinguishes between datasets about remains and datasets about sites.

Improvements of the archeoViz application

Two improvements have been included in the “statistics” tab:

  • The variables to generate the cross-table can now be selected, making it more flexible and extending significantly the range of possible analyses.
  • Export to the shinyHeatmaply application has been added to produce interactive classification and heat maps.

archeoViz newsletter #10 March 2024

Dear subscribers to the archeoViz newsletter,

This is the 10th archeoViz newsletter, about March 2024. The main news of this month regards the addition of an “openness index” to describe the archeoViz instances referenced on the archeoViz Portal. Other news and updates are presented by section below.

Feel free to submit us any suggestions about the application and its interface, possible datasets, or people likely to be interested (write to: archeoviz-maintainers@services.cnrs.fr).

All the best,
Sébastien, with Anaïs & Élisa

Additions to the archeoViz Portal and Improvements

No new instance have been indexed on the archeoViz Portal this month. However, improvements of former instances were done:

  • archeoViz instances and datasets referenced on the archeoViz Portal are now described with an “openness index”, based on 5 parameters inspired by the FAIR and 5-stars principles:
    • Instance: the dataset can be explored through a specific archeoViz instance.
    • Reprocessing script: the code to prepare the dataset is published, providing transparency about the selection and recoding made on the original dataset.
    • Published dataset: the dataset is published on a public repository.
    • Open license: the dataset is under an open license.
    • Internal linking: visible records in the archeoViz instance are linked to their corresponding record in the public repository.
  • Reprocessing scripts have been added on Zenodo to already existing archeoViz instances (namely: Camiac, Erb Tanks, Amalda 1, Kieler 1).
  • The metadata have been completed and all indexed instances have now a handle identifier (aka DOI).

Indexation

archeoViz newsletter #9 February 2024

Dear subscribers to the archeoViz newsletter,

This is the 9rd archeoViz newsletter, about February 2024.
The main news of this month is definitively archeoViz‘s “background map” new feature to draw lines on the background of 3D and map plots. It makes it possible, for example, to display a map, as illustrated in the Poeymaü and INRAP instances. In addition, this new INRAP instance is the first example of an archeoViz instance where points represent archaeological sites (and not archaeological remains).

Other news and updates are presented by section below.

Feel free to submit us any suggestions about the application and its interface, possible datasets, or people likely to be interested (write to: archeoviz-maintainers@services.cnrs.fr).

All the best,
Sébastien, with Anaïs & Élisa

The archeoViz Portal
The archeoViz blog

Additions to the archeoViz Portal and Improvements

This month, we have no less thant 8 new instances deployed and indexed on the archeoViz Portal:

  • Les Plaints, a Palaeolithic site Switzerland
  • MO0306, a Woodland site in the USA
  • MO1374, a Woodland site in the USA
  • MO1375, a Middle Archaic site in the USA
  • INRAP, the distribution of the archaeological sites excavated by the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeology
  • Mutzig, a Palaeolithic site in Eastern France
  • Le Foulon, a Neolithic site in Center France
  • Kieler 1, block 3, a supplement to the ‘Kieler1‘ instance

These new instances include about 55,500 objects.

Indexation

  • The archeoViz package has been referenced by CAT OPIDoR, a catalogue of scientific numeric ressources.
  • The reuse of the INRAP dataset through the related archeoViz instance has be referenced on data.gouv.fr, the French agency for public and scientific data.)

Improvements of the archeoViz application

  • Drawing can now be displayed on background of the 3D and Map plots (using the ‘background.map’ parameter)
  • Metric unit can be defined with the new ‘unit’ parameter (one of: cm, m, km). It automatically determines the square size and the display of scale information.

archeoViz newsletter #8 January 2024

Dear subscribers to the archeoViz newsletter,

This is the 8rd archeoViz newsletter, about January 2024.
The main news of this month is definitely the integration of the archeoViz Portal dataset into the Openarchaeo web semantic platform! More info below.
Updates are presented by section below.

Feel free to submit us any suggestions about the application and its interface, possible datasets, or people likely to be interested (write to: archeoviz-maintainers@services.cnrs.fr).

All the best,
Sébastien, with Anaïs & Élisa

The archeoViz Portal: https://analytics.huma-num.fr/archeoviz/home
The archeoViz blog: https://archeoviz.hypotheses.org

Additions to the archeoViz Portal and Improvements

This month, we have 2 significant updates of datasets indexed on the archeoViz Portal and 1 addition:

  • the Grande Rivoire instance was updated thanks to Alexandre Angelin, from 34204 to 38847 objects!
  • Tesetice X08 was also udpated from 137 to 27091 objects, thanks to Peter Tóth
  • Tesetice T09-T10 is a new instance, including 5137 objects, thanks to Peter Tóth again.

Besides, the usage statistics of the archeoViz Portal have been restructured:

  • the “statistics” tab now displays two plots:
    • a plot about the use of “generic” archeoViz instances (instances related to each language)
    • a plot about the use of the “specific” archeoViz instances (instances related to each dataset)
  • Internally, the way the stats are generated has been revised, resulting in faster generation of the plots and requiring less computation.

Indexation

Thanks to Florian Hivert and Olivier Marlet, the catalogue archeoViz instances referenced in the archeoViz Portal can now be explored and queried through the Openarchaeo platform!
Openarchaeo is a semantic web platform for archaeological data, using cutting-edge technologies. It embedded including Sparnatural, a visual SPARQL query builder making it easy to query knowledge graphs.

Explore the archeoViz Portal catalogue on Openarchaeo!

Improvements of the archeoViz application

  • A north arrow can now be displayed on the “Map” and “Section” plots. Its orientation is controlled by the ‘grid.orientation’ parameter.
  • archeoViz v1.3.4 is now available on the CRAN.

archeoViz newsletter #7 December

Dear subscribers to the archeoViz newsletter,

This is the 7rd archeoViz newsletter, about December 2023.
The main news of this month is the publication of a new paper about archeoViz and the first anniversary of the archeoViz Portal (which is already 1 year old!).
Updates are presented by section below.

Feel free to submit any suggestions about the application and its interface, datasets to be integrated, or people likely to be interested (write to: archeoviz-maintainers@services.cnrs.fr).

All the best,
Sébastien, with Anaïs & Élisa

The archeoViz Portal: https://analytics.huma-num.fr/archeoviz/home
The archeoViz blog: https://archeoviz.hypotheses.org

Publications and documentation

A new paper about archeoViz has been released in the Journal of Open Source Software:
“archeoViz: an R package for the Visualisation, Exploration, and Web Communication of Archaeological Spatial Data”, https://doi.org/10.21105/joss.05811

Note that this journal’s focus is not only on the paper but also and mainly on the software itself, which has been peer-reviewed!

archeoViz and the archeoViz Portal were presented at two scientific events this month:

Additions to the archeoViz Portal

No new dataset has been indexed on the archeoViz Portal this month.

Indexation

The archeoViz Portal is online since one year (it was launched on January, 4, 2023) and was visited about 2600 times. These visits are summed in the total of about 11,200 visits received by all the archeoViz instances indexed on the portal.

Improvements of the archeoViz application

In the “Input” tab, a new function makes it possible to rotate the point cloud after loading it.
This feature has been included in archeoViz v1.3.4, which already available on github and will be published on the CRAN in January 2024.

archeoViz has been recently added to the “SSH Open Marketplace”, a repository run by three European Research Infrastructures.

archeoViz newsletter #6 November

Dear subscribers to the archeoViz newsletter,

This is the 6rd archeoViz newsletter, about November 2023. Updates are presented by section below. This month, the news mostly regard the archeoViz portal!

Feel free to submit any suggestions you may have concerning the application and its interface, datasets to be integrated, or people likely to be interested (write to: archeoviz-maintainers@services.cnrs.fr).

All the best,
Sébastien, with Anaïs & Élisa

Portal: https://analytics.huma-num.fr/archeoviz/home
Website: https://archeoviz.hypotheses.org

Publications and documentation

archeoViz and the archeoViz Portal were presented:

A short tutorial has been published on the blog.

Additions to the archeoViz Portal

No new dataset were added to the Portal in November, however several are in preparation.

Improvements of the archeoViz application

No significant change this month. Small fixes were published as version 1.3.3 on github.

The archeoViz Portal and indexation

Significant changes and improvements were made on the archeoViz portal:

  • new variables are included in the metadata: the altitude of the site, 3 chronological periods (instead of 2), accuracy of the spatial location of the site (exact or fuzzy), the types of objects included in the dataset
  • the interface of the portal has been reorganised with tabs
  • the archeoViz instances can now be filtered by altitude (using a slider)
  • in the table, the archeoViz instances regarding datasets available in open access are marked with an icon
  • the “search” function of the table makes it possible to search:
    • by chronological period, and
    • by type of object (13 categories: lithic industry, animal bone, etc.)

Chronological periods are managed semantically: for example, a search made using the “Paleolithic” or “Palaeolithic” strings will retrieve not only the instances described as “Paleolithic”, but also those described as “Mousterian” (the “Mousterian” period being a sub-period of the “Paleolithic” period). A figure summarising the chronological concepts included and their relationships can be download from the archeoViz Portal homepage.

archeoViz newsletter #5 October 2023

Dear subscribers to the archeoViz newsletter,

This is the 5rd archeoViz newsletter, about October 2023. Updates are presented by section below.

Feel free to submit any suggestions you may have concerning the application and its interface, data sets to be integrated, or people likely to be interested (write to: archeoviz-maintainers@services.cnrs.fr).

All the best,
Sébastien, with Anaïs & Élisa

Portal: https://analytics.huma-num.fr/archeoviz/home
Website: https://archeoviz.hypotheses.org

Publications and documentation

archeoViz and the archeoViz Portal were presented:

  • at the Brno University, Czech Republic, during a master seminar, thanks to Peter Tóth (23-10-2023)
  • at Brno University, in the framework of the TKLit project directed by Solène Denis (24-10-2023)
  • at Leipzig University, Germany, invited by Julian Laabs (26-10-2023)
  • at Kiel university, Germany invited by Oliver Nakoinz (30-10-2023)

Additions to the archeoViz Portal

The dataset added to the Portal in October is:

In addition, thanks to Alex Angelin, the Grande Rivoire dataset is now available in open access (CC-BY 4.0):

Several datasets are in preparation!

In particular, an update for the “Tute de Pèlerin” dataset, after the excavation directed this summer by Théo Minet and his team.

Improvements of the archeoViz application

No significant improvement has been done this month, although much are still to be done!

Indexation

No change in the referencing workflow.

archeoViz newsletter #4 August-September 2023

Dear subscribers to the archeoViz newsletter,

This is the 4rd archeoViz newsletter, about August and September 2023. Updates are presented by section below.

Feel free to submit any suggestions you may have concerning the application and its interface, data sets to be integrated, or people likely to be interested (write to: archeoviz-maintainers@services.cnrs.fr).

All the best,
Sébastien, with Anaïs & Élisa

Portal: https://analytics.huma-num.fr/archeoviz/home
Website: https://archeoviz.hypotheses.org

Publications and documentation

archeoViz and its Portal were presented:

  • at the EAA conference, Belfast, UK, by Sébastien Plutniak
  • at the IUPPS conference, Timisoara, Romania, by Sébastien Plutniak & Anaïs Vignoles
  • at the TEMPS archaeological lab, Nanterre, France, by Sébastien Plutniak & Anaïs Vignoles
  • The technical documentation of the application is available in English and also in French and Spanish on the archeoViz blog.
  • Material to present archeoViz and its Portal have been added on the website:
    • a poster, and
    • a 4-pages booklet.

Recent additions to the archeoViz portal

Élisa Caron-Laviolette recently joined the maintenance team running the archeoViz Portal, welcome!

The datasets added to the portal in August-September include:

Two additional variables have been included in the metadata:

  • Wikidata identifiers for archaeological sites
  • Handle (referring to HAL records)

Improvements of the archeoViz application

Ongoing version 1.3.3:

Data can now be exported to:

  • the ‘explor‘ application to perform Correspondance Analysis,
  • the ‘Amado‘ application for seriation and classification

Publication of the version 1.3.2:

  • linguistic support in Romanian (thanks you, Laura Coltofean!)
  • the display of surfaces becomes more flexible and makes it possible to represent archaeological structure, e.g. ground soil, trenches, pits, etc.

Publication of the version 1.3.1:

  • Add linguistic support in Spanish (many thanks to Nicolas Delsol)

Indexation

  • since the recent update of the Isidore.science platform, archeoViz instances are now indexed in this documentation system
  • and, consequently, were attributed “handle” persistent identifiers (similar to DOIs)

archeoViz newsletter #3 July 2023

Dear subscribers to the archeoViz newsletter,

This is the 3rd archeoViz newsletter, for July 2023. Updates are presented below by section.

More generally, feel free to submit any suggestions you may have concerning the application and its interface, data sets to be integrated, or people likely to be interested (write to: archeoviz-maintainers@services.cnrs.fr).

All the best and have a very good summer,
Sébastien

Portal: https://analytics.huma-num.fr/archeoviz/home
Website: https://archeoviz.hypotheses.org

Publications and documentation

The major news regards the creation of a website about the archeoViz ecosystem: https://archeoviz.hypotheses.org
This site aims to present archeoviz in a less technical way than in the package documentation. It also offers various resources, including materials for classes in computationnal archaeology, based on archeoViz.

Recent additions to the archeoViz portal

No new dataset was added to the portal this month, but several are in preparation!

Improvements of the archeoViz application

An important achievement was made in July regarding archeoViz interoperability: data can now be transferred from archeoViz to third party applications. So far, two applications are linked:

  • the Seriograph application, a tool to analyse the distribution of object types in a stratigraphy
  • the archeofrag application, a tool for refitting analysis

Export options are available, if applicable, in the “Statistics” tab (formerly “Tables” tab). These exports imply that data are sent automatically as tables (consequently, these tables can potentially be downloaded by users). If needed, these export functions can be disabled by setting the new 'export.table' parameter to FALSE in the archeoViz() function.
Links with third-party applications have therefore been disabled by default for archeoViz portal instances whose datasets have not been published elsewhere.

These new features were included in a new release of the package (v1.3.0, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.8180527).

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