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Monday, March 26 • 10:00am - 3:00pm
Workshop 7 - Hands-on Archaeological Conceptual Modelling

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Workshop Main Theme and GoalsResearch and practice in archaeology often generates and needs to manage a large amount of information, which exhibits complex relationships and categorisation phenomena. The quality of the conceptual models that we use when gathering, organising, processing and reporting this information determines, to a large extent, the quality of the results. Creating explicit, high-quality conceptual models is a crucial task in any information-intensive endeavour, and especially in those where the complexity of the information means that intuition alone is not sufficient.

This workshop aims to introduce the discipline of conceptual modelling, often seen as pertaining to the engineering world, to archaeologists and related professionals. This introduction will be achieved by doing and experimenting rather than through theoretical explanations. The authors have extensive experience in using conceptual modelling in archaeological domains for over 15 years, and will use ConML as a vehicle.

ConML is a simple, high-level, affordable, powerful modelling language specifically designed with the humanities and social sciences in mind. In addition to supporting most of the object-oriented structural modelling constructs, ConML extends them with concerns that are rarely seen in industry-standard approaches but which are extremely important in archaeology, such as the ability to express temporality and subjectivity in conceptual models.

The workshop will assume no previous knowledge of conceptual modelling, although it will assume familiarity with archaeological concepts and practice. It will begin by teaching the basic tenets of object-oriented structural modelling, followed by more advanced concepts and situations. Participants will be asked to undertake an extensive array of exercises and practical cases in the archaeological domain, either or and in small groups, throughout the workshop.

The number of 20 participants is considered maximum.Similar experiences have been carried out internally at Incipit and also in the form of a postgraduate course at CSIC, with excellent results in both cases; archaeologists, historians and architects with no previous exposure to conceptual modelling were capable of creating good-quality models after a few hours of practice.Other Related EventsA related workshop, “Creating Conceptual Models in Archaeology”, was run by the same co-chairs at CAA 2011 in Beijing with excellent results.

The session “Archaeological Information Modelling”, proposed also at CAA 2012, co-chaired by Cesar Gonzalez-Perez and Patricia Martín-Rodilla, is aimed to attract submissions describing the application of theories and methods to create and use information models in archaeology; in this regard, the workshop proposed here would work as the applied counterpart to the more theoretical-oriented session, and participants attending both would benefit from a richer perspective on the issue of information modelling in archaeology.


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Cesar Gonzalez-Perez

Staff Scientist, Incipit CSIC
I work in conceptual modelling, metamodelling, and knowledge engineering for cultural heritage.

Charlotte Hug

Centre de Recherche en Informatique | | Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Monday March 26, 2012 10:00am - 3:00pm
Building 65, Room 1145

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