#12 Announcing Live Digital Archaeology Help and the Diachronic Design Labs!

I am pleased to announce not just one, but two new additions to the Diachronic Design website! In addition to my software tutorials, I am now offering live consulting help through Google Helpouts and will also provide archaeological software and educational games.

First, as part of the Google Helpouts program, I am now able to provide one-on-one help on digital archaeology to anyone in the world. Contact me to request assistance with projects like building a lithics database, creating GIS maps, customizing data collection apps, creating websites, preparing images and reports, or to ask questions about best practices and options for how digital tools can enhance almost any kind of archaeological work. 

Figure 1. You can ask me questions about databases, data collector apps, and other digital archaeology topics through my Google Helpouts listing.
Figure 1. You can ask me questions about databases, data collector apps, and other digital archaeology topics through my Google Helpouts listing.

 Google Helpouts is a video conferencing system that allows me to conduct one-on-one tutorial, advising, and troubleshooting sessions over the Internet with a full array of tools: including audio, video, screen sharing (so you can see my computer as I perform actions), remote desktop ability (so that I can turn over control of my computer to you so you can try out a piece of software yourself), and full Google documents support (so that you leave the session with any notes, diagrams, whiteboard drawings, or spreadsheets that we create for later reference).

I am immediately available during my regular office hours, which I hold twice a week. Click on the link below or follow @DiachronicD on Twitter for alerts when I am available. I am also available by appointment with 2 days’ notice. The link to my general “Helpouts” session is here. All my Helpouts come with a 100% money back guarantee: if I can’t help answer your question or you are dissatisfied for any reason, there is no charge.

Figure 2. This screenshot from one of my archaeology game prototypes may not demonstrate my art skills, but the game is more fun than a basket full of hamsters.
Figure 2. This screenshot from one of my archaeology game prototypes (made using the “Geisterfahrer/Sleep Is Death” tool) may not demonstrate my art skills, but the game is more fun than a basket full of hamsters.

The second new area on the Diachronic Design website is the “Labs” page. This area collects together applications and educational games I have written for other archaeologists to use. Currently, I am developing a web app using the D3 visualization code library to create seriation charts, and a cross-platform mobile data recording app for CRM archaeology made using PhoneGap. I am also designing and prototyping mechanics for a video game to educate players about CRM archaeology in the United States. Check this area occasionally for updates to these products and to follow their development!

 I plan to ring in the New Year right with these new services and products and hope you will join me for the ride!

 Happy Holidays!

 -Russell

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