In recent years, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have radically evolved the way in which spatial data are collected, analyzed and interpreted. Because of their characteristics, GIS have become useful applications for archaeologists. The appearance of gvSIG, with a complete suite of GIS solutions in open source software, has meant that more and more professionals in the sector are adopting gvSIG as a working tool.
However, there is still a wide ignorance of the potential of GIS in archaeology, and there are only a few free teaching materials that allows training in its use. For these reasons, from the gvSIG Association, we launch a course that will allow to know of these technologies. A free course, with open source software (gvSIG Desktop).
In this first post we want to present the main characteristics of the course, together with the first video-tutorial. As of January 2019, we will publish all the modules weekly until the agenda is completed. To follow the course, it is recommended that participants have prior knowledge about how archaeological projects are carried out.
Registration of the course and how it works
It is not necessary to register anywhere. The course is online and can be followed from anywhere in the world. The course will be available in English and Spanish.
Each week we will publish a post on this blog that will contain a video-tutorial with exercises and access to the course data. Therefore, you only need to follow the video-tutorials to complete the course.
For doubts or problems in the use of software, or about the exercises, you can use the gvSIG users mailing list:
List of topics
The list of topics is composed of 7 modules. Each module will contain a video-tutorial with practical exercises. The data to follow the course can be downloaded in a .zip file from this link.
- Preparation of an archaeological project: views, layers and tables
- Create geographic information: Alphanumeric information and digitalization
- Prospecting results analysis: Vector geoprocesses
- Managing old maps: Georeferencing of images
- Reservoir territorial analysis: Raster geoprocesses and digital terrain models (MDT)
- Hydrological analysis to locate materials or archaeological sites
- Graphical output of an archaeological project: Maps
And if you want to get a certificate?
Such as in other previous courses that we have published, many of you asked us about the possibility to obtain a certificate. To cover this possibility, at the end of the course we will publish a practical exercise to be solved, and to demonstrate that you have acquired the knowledge imparted during the course. This exercise is completely optional, only for those who want to get the certification.
To pay for the evaluation time of the exercises and the issuance of the certificate, apart from delivering the correctly solved exercise, 25 € will have to be paid. The way of payment will be indicated at the end of the course.
Note: The information about how to get the certification and the links to the complete course is available at this link.
Module 1: Preparation of an archaeological project: Views, layer and tables
Ready? Well, let’s start with the first topic, where besides learning where to download gvSIG Desktop – the software that we will use for the course – we will see how to prepare an archaeological project working with the main components of a GIS: Views, layers and tables.
Note: The webpage where the Zurick WMS appeared has changed. The WMS that you have to connect from gvSIG is: http://wms.zh.ch/OrthoZHWMS?