Heurist is involved in a number of projects at an infrastructure level.
Heurist plays a central role in the FAIMS workflow. Archaeological data recording systems, for survey or excavation, are first designed as a Heurist database. Heurist then exports the XML and Beanshell files necessary to set up the FAIMS synchronisation server and Android tablet app for use in the field (these files may be used as-is, or further customised by manual editing). The data collected across multiple tablets is synchronised automatically and can then be reimported into Heurist for further manipulation and analysis. Finally, Heurist exports the data in various formats including directly inserting data in the tDAR repository (Open Context interface will be developed in 2014). This process is illustrated in the following diagram:
- Providing a database-on-demand service. We use a special HuNI Core template as the basis for a new Heurist database to ensure that the database is harvestable by HuNI with a minimal amount of work, and also to encourage compatibility with other datasets developed from this template.
- Building the complete HuNI data model in Heurist.
- We imported a subset of Deb Verhoeven’s Ultimate Gig Guide and exported that to HuNI as a proof of concept of harvestable XML production from Heurist.