Statistical Research, Inc. Receives Cyberarchaeology Grant

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Statistical Research, Inc. has received a research and development grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a computer software tool to link disparate archaeological data sets.

Statistical Research, Inc. (SRI), a member of the consortium of institutions, is participating in a research and development grant awarded to the University of Arkansas by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will be used to design a system capable of linking disparate archaeological data sets

The use of archaeological data to address regional or multi-scalar questions requires the integration of multiple data sets that have been collected by archaeologists at various institutions using diverse encoding criteria applied during different periods of time at different sites. The inability to link these site- or collection-specific data sets has limited the discipline's potential for addressing important contemporary concerns, such as climate change, regional settlement, and environmental stress. By merging advances in computer science with those in archaeological science, the team will design a system that allows digital data sets to be integrated.

The team includes Drs. Clay Mathers and Christopher Dore from SRI, Dr. Keith Kintigh from Arizona State University, Dr. Timothy Kohler from Washington State University, Dr. W. Fred Limp from the University of Arkansas, and Dr. Dean Snow from Pennsylvania State University.

Statistical Research, Inc., a privately held international historic preservation consulting firm is a leader in the development and application of technology to improve the quality of historic preservation work while simultaneously reducing the cost and time of environmental compliance.

Dr. Donn Grenda, SRI President, stated that "SRI is the only private firm included in the consortium of academic institutions. We are very pleased that our staff is included among these preeminent scholars that are the leaders of information technologies in archaeology."

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