In the latest episode of the ArchaeoTech Podcast, I talk with Brian Ballsun-Stanton, the technical manager and data architect for the Federated Archaeology Information Management System (FAIMS), an integrated digital archaeology capture, management, analysis, archival, and publishing initiative in Australia. We discuss relational (and non-relational databases), the culture of archaeologists, mobile development, philosophy, and why archaeologists often choose to play Rogues in role playing games…
I am now co-hosting a technology-focused podcast with Doug Rocks-Macqueen (of the Doug’s Archaeology and OpenAccess Archaeology websites) as one of several great shows on Chris Webster’s Archaeology Podcast Network.
During the show Doug and I interview archaeologists of all kinds about how they integrate digital technology like tablets, geographic information systems, digital cameras, photogrammetry, augmented reality, and more into their work. We also ask guests to describe the specific technologies they use and how they learned them so that you, our listeners, can apply these tools in your own projects!
As of today, we’ve produced 6 shows with leading digital archaeologists like Stu Eve (of the ARK archaeology recording kit project and Dead Men’s Eyes Augmented Reality), Lorna Richardson (a UK-based public archaeologist), Hugh Corley (an archaeology systems manager at Historic England), Dan Garcia (an innovator in data collection for CRM archaeology projects), and Eric Kansa and Sarah Whitcher-Kansa (the power-duo behind the open data publication project OpenContext).
Doug and I are continuing to record and new shows are available every other Monday at http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/archaeotech/ or you can subscribe to the show using iTunes (if you like the show, please leave us a review!). If you’d like to be on the show, please email us at Russell@DiachronicDesign.com
I hope you enjoy the show!
Chris Webster over at DigTech-LLC just posted another episode of his CRM Archaeology podcast where some of the usual suspects covered topics including women working in CRM, social media advice for archaeologists, the government shutdown, and some great responses to a listener question: “What do techs do with themselves during work lulls?” I was not able to make it on the show for this episode but really wanted to offer my answer to that question.
The guests all had some great advice, both directly to the listener’s question, but also to the wider topic of how to prepare for, and get through, lulls in paid archaeology work. I thought I would write down some of what I have learned from work lulls throughout my career. As an added bonus, I can take the time to properly compose and edit my thoughts in this post, as opposed to stuttering and rambling the way I sometimes do on the podcast!