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Nicole Beale

Community-Driven Approaches to Open Source Archaeological Imaging

The chapter that I wrote with Gareth Beale about some of the work we have been doing as part of the Re-reading the British Memorial project ( has recently been published (open access) online. We wrote this in 2014, and have been working on some further publications from this research. You can download the chapter here: https://www.degruyter.

Spring Update: Recording in Yorkshire

After a busy winter in the office we have been out in the field again working with Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group at St Mary’s Church in Embsay. We have been working with the group to share documentation skills but also to develop our project methodology which we will be getting online soon. This marks the start of a new phase for the Re-Reading the British Memorial Project.

#CAA2014 – My tweets

My tweets (backwards): via @jessogden – The #caa2014 Twitter archive is available here: With thanks to @mhawksey for the tool! #chatterboxes Apr 28, 2014  @jadufton No worries! We had a great audience. I should have got my act together and remembered to ask you to do it! N x @eleonorag1 Apr 28, 2014  @GCBeale aw, thanks [blushes].

#TAG2013: Visualisation as Knowledge Creation – Session Summary

I’ve compiled together my notes and tweets from the Seeing, Doing, Thinking: Visualisation as Knowledge Creation session at the Theoretical Archaeology Group conference (#TAG2013) held in Bournemouth this week. I was planning to live blog, but the session was so engrossing that I am afraid I managed just a few tweets and scribbled thoughts in the end! I was presenting a project that I have been working on with Jude Jones.

#okcon – Small Museums and Open Data – my presentation text

Notes from my presentation, delivered at OKCon in the Open Culture session on 18th Sept. 2013. Doc available on Scribd:  Although I didn’t use my slides in the end, the presentation that I put together is available on Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.

Live blogging – #okcon – Session: Open Science

My notes, apologies for any mistakes. Session: From Open Data to Open Science: Policy, Literacy and Citizen Engagement Moderator: Francois Grey, Citizen Cyberscience Centre/ University of Geneva Why Science is an Open Endeavor –  Victoria Stodden, Professor of Statistics, Columbia University – See more at: My notes: @victoriastrodden on role of computation in scientific research.

Live blogging – #okcon – Session 3: Open Education

The facets of open education. Resources, data and culture – Panel & LinkedUp Awards presentations Tuesday 17 September, 11:45 – 13:15 @ Room 13, Floor 2 The facets of open education. Resources, data and culture – Panel Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone. Many institutes offer Open Educational Resources (OER) online. Education can benefit highly from open and linked data approaches.

Live blogging – #okcon – Session 1

Live blogging from #okcon My notes (may contain errors!) Session 1 Plenary Talk Tuesday 17 September, 09:15 – 09:45 @ Main Stage Open Data Movement Gaining Power Ellen Miller, CEO, Sunlight Foundation See more at: Examples of opportunity: — Open Government Partnership — Open Data Portals (there are 43 country level portals, and over 100 area portals). Including city level portals.

Making Digital: Visual Approaches to the Digital Humanities

Over the past few months I have been lucky enough to be involved in a project working with artists from Winchester School of Art to develop a series of training events looking at the relationship between art and archaeology.  This project has been a fantastic experience. Later this week, we are all going to EVA London 2013 to talk about the project, and I wanted to share with you the paper we’ve collaboratively written.

Museums and Wikipedia

This is a copy of a blog post I wrote for the University of Southampton Digital Humanities blog: — Today, the Museums Association published the new issue of Museum Practice. This month the magazine focuses on Wikipedia, and I contributed an article providing practical advice for smaller museums.

RTI workshop at Winchester Cathedral

On the 1st February the OuRTI team went up to Winchester Cathedral to help run an RTI workshop. The cathedral contains a range of highly important memorial inscriptions and is also home to a huge collection of graffiti spanning several hundred years. The event, organised by James Miles from the Archaeological Computing Research Group, aimed to help researchers and tour guides at Winchester Cathedral to use computational photography to document and to better understand these inscriptions.

Urban Variation Conference

Last week Gareth and I travelled to Gothenburg in Sweden to present at the Urban Variation conference.  The conference website is here:  The conference was organised by the Early Modern Town Project team (find the University of Gothenburg project website, here; and was attended by a multidisciplinary crowd of academics and professionals.

New paper: World Archaeology

My paper all about the possibilities of open data for institutionally implemented community archaeology projects is now available in the Open Archaeology special issue of World Archaeology, edited by Mark Lake. All the papers in this issue are temporarily open access (6 months), so please do go and get them before they’re behind a pay wall. Posted from WordPress for Android, whilst out and about adventuring in the wilds.

This week (13/12/12) Edina Digimap

Just a note to give you the details of the mapping site which we will be using this Thursday. It is called Edina Digimap and it is a portal through which maps (historical and modern) can be accessed.  It is only available to people with University accounts but it is accessible from home.In class we will be looking at specific areas and looking at how they have changed using maps.

Session 9 – Cemeteries

Last week we looked at cemeteries and how they fit into the idea of Urban Archaeology. We discussed the ways that cemeteries and graveyards had developed over time, beginning with burial grounds and ending with today’s municipal cemeteries. We used the example of St. Winifred’s Church in Branscombe to talk about how the development of a community and a church can be traced through time by looking at the locations of graves in a graveyard.

CAAUK Call for Papers Extension

At the request of a few, we have recently extended the deadline for abstract submissions for papers and posters to 17th December 2012. You can find the Call for Papers here: . If interested, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to before the deadline. Please share this news with your colleagues.