ArkeoGIS was developed to pool archaeological and environmental data about the Rhine Valley. It is now a multilingual, free and online GIS (available in German, English, Spanish and French). Currently in its fourth version, ArkeoGIS allows the users to pool spatialized scientific data about the past.
The databases come from different sources: institutional researchers’ work (either personal or contractual researches), graduate students’ researches, private companies and archaeological heritage management services. They also come from palaeoenvironementalists’, geographers’ and historians’ work. All these databases are available and can be queried online.
Every user can query online all or only a part of these databases, display the results on multiple backgrounds maps and export them towards other tools he might use.
ArkeoGIS’ chronological frame has now extended and allows researchers to aggregate data from the Prehistory to the XXIst century. Spatially, the whole world is covered.
Nowadays, the best documented areas in ArkeoGIS are the Rhine Valley, the Mediterranean East and the Middle East.
ArkeoGIS can be used for many different forms of research, individual or collective. It allows, among other things, to handle the data management plan (DMP) for contractual researches. ArkeoGIS is a powerful tool to use during different kind of studies (excavations, synthesis or PhD thesis, etc.).
Several tens of thousands of sites, objects and analysis are already available. ArkeoGIS is also linking several digital tools, allowing its users to be aware of their existence.
Every author submitting his localized data into ArkeoGIS keeps the control over them and is the only one who can amend them. Any user can easily access to other contributors’ data and improve its own database. A directory allows researchers to contact each other. This initiative helps to develop scientific exchanges between countries and institutions.
Hosted by Huma-NUM, ArkeoGIS is a lasting solution (A Handle has been deposited on NAKALA).
The ArkeoGIS' project is run by the University of Strasbourg. It was funded by :
l'Université de Strasbourg, MISHA, INTERREG, LABEXMED et IDEX -investissements d'avenir.