Bridging the 'Geospatial Divide' in Archaeology: Community Based Interpretation of LIDAR Data

Gary L. DuckersORCID logo

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Cite this as: Duckers, G. L. 2013 Bridging the “Geospatial Divide” in Archaeology: Community Based Interpretation of LIDAR Data, Internet Archaeology 35.


Area of previously unrecorded ridge and furrow.

This article describes a project set up to explore the potential of web-based tools for archaeological interpretation of LIDAR data by a non-expert audience. This is accomplished through the creation of bespoke web-based tools designed to facilitate crowdsourced transcription of archaeological features, and trialled through a case study using LIDAR data covering 100km swathe of the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire. A group of non-expert volunteers were tasked with transcribing archaeological features and provided feedback on both the effectiveness of the application and their user experience, in order to tease out potential barriers to public participation.

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