The CAP Data Team is primarily responsible for integrating thousands of data points into project databases, allowing us to nimbly track the progress of our research in real-time. CAP is currently developing methods to improve information sharing, both within the group and with the wider archaeological community. In 2013, members of the Data Team developed a multi-scalar, relational database designed both to organize contextual, scientific, material, and visual data as well as to make that data readily accessible to all members of team. In 2015, we launched a fully-syncing version of the database which allows for the real-time transfer of data between the various CAP teams. The quick, reciprocal transfer of information between all branches of the project allows for better decision-making throughout our season.
In addition to maintaining the project’s database, Data Team members are also incorporating applications in three-dimensional modeling and augmented reality (AR) to develop news ways of visualizing and sharing our work with a wider audience. We are particularly excited about the Cartographer App, developed by Luke Hollis (Archimedes Digital). Cartographer runs on Google’s Project Tango tablet, utilizing its three-dimensional modeling and area learning capabilities to record trench models for a fraction of the cost of conventional desktop or area-scanning equipment. These area scans captured by the Cartographer App can be georeferenced and allow for construction and access to stratigraphic data in augmented reality.