A Special Pre SAA Workshop, April 14, 9:30 - 5:00pm. CoDA Headquarters

RSVP Today. Limited to 21 participants. (8 left)

I think we’ve done something here that other projects (and companies?!) have only ever dreamed of. We put a brand new, foreign tool into the hands of non-technologically inclined people, showed them the basics, and then just let them use it. Somehow, it all worked!

Adam Prins

Chief Technology Officer, American Archaeology Abroad

In celebration of the 80th Society for American Archaeology meetings in San Francisco, and the 4th anniversary of the Center for Digital Archaeology, we invite you to participate in learning how paperless archaeology can transform the way we work. It’s really time to give it a try.

In projects worldwide, we see the benefits and help to overcome the challenges of ‘going digital,’ but it really is so much more than just about speed and efficiency. The strategic replacement of paper produces better archaeology, higher value products for clients, researchers and the public, and if done well, creates a more durable, lasting archaeological record than its analog counterpart.

We all use digital tools – cameras, GPS, EDM in the field, and Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator and sometimes GIS in the back office – but the proliferation of paper forms and discrete digital files to represent them still rules supreme in most archaeological ecosystems. This leads to a huge amount of redundancy, human errors and lost productivity throughout the entire process – from proposal to planning to fieldwork to back office analysis and editing and submission of final reports. We can do better. We are doing better.

Codifi is our most important team member, although considering all it does, perhaps it is more like an entire team of digital documentarians available to us 24/7.

Michael Jennings

Co-Director, Aylah Archaeological Project

This workshop is designed for project directors and company principals who are looking for practical steps and proven methods for strategically replacing paper with powerful digital tools that are easy to use, affordable and dependable. Field staff and working archaeologists will benefit both from the overviews and workflows in the morning session and the deeper dives into digital imaging in the afternoon. Finally, whether you are a project manager or senior archaeologist responsible for making sense of all that field data, you won’t want to miss the final session where we demonstrate and demystify the potential of digital databases for streamlining the whole process of archaeological report production.

Afterward, everyone is invited to stay for an informal open house celebration and early kickoff to the 80th annual SAA meetings. Keep in mind we are located strategically next to the Golden Gate Ferry Terminal in Larkspur. Also strategically located adjacent to the Marin Brewing Company, and should you wish to continue the conversation, it happens to be Pint Night on Tuesday.

The Center for Digital Archaeology is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the relentless pursuit of making paperless archaeology possible and preferable for everyone. We realize that there are many barriers to entry, including the fact that the DPR 523 forms required by law for compliance in California are still paper-based. The instructions were last updated in 1995… But this does not mean we cannot evolve and take advantage of the advances digital databases, forms and imaging can bring to making our fieldwork, back office and publication lives easier, more productive, more affordable and more competitive. This is our mission, and it’s about time we share what we have learned.

Our sleek, streamlined, and easy-to-use Codifi database will revolutionize how we spend our time in the field. I feel like I just got years of my life back!

Lisa Maher

Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley, Epipalaeolithic Foragers in Azraq Project (EFAP)

We hope you can join us. Space is extremely limited. We are encouraging organizations to send two or three people at possible to cultivate conversations and future engagements. We will cap registration at 21 people, but we encourage everyone to join us for the open house.

Individuals and teams from the same organization may register for the same flat rate of $90, which we will use to recoup basic costs. You may participate in any or all of the sessions. Workshop fees are tax deductible!

To register, please fill in the form below, or contact us at ciao@codifi.org, and we’ll get right back to you.

Thank you for your interest, and we hope to see you in just a few weeks.

Team CoDA

We will discuss:

1. The benefits and challenges of ‘going paperless’ – practical considerations
2. Data management essentials for field and back office
3. UAV’s a.k.a. drones in action! A live demo from Arch Aerial
4. Digital imaging for archaeology, 2D and 3D mobile media management
5. 3D imaging, mapping, orthophotos, sections and digiplanning
6. Practical steps for a paperless archaeological workforce

Schedule: Tuesday April 14 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Open House at 6 p.m.
Morning Session – Putting Paper in its Place
9:30 – 9:50 a.m. Registration, informal introductions
9:50 – 10:00 a.m. Welcome and review of goals, state of the art
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Going Paperless Overview
11:00 – 11:15 Q&A Discussion
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Codifi data management system
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Arch Aerial Drone Demo

Afternoon Session I – Digital Media Bottlenecks and Breakthroughs
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Digital Imaging for Archaeology – A Production Workflow
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Photogrammetry: 3D imaging for Field Recording
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break

Afternoon Session II – Revolutionizing Post Ex and Back Office Productions
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The Paperless Back Office
4:30 p.m. – Final Q&A and wrap-up
6:00 p.m. – Open House

Practicals and Prerequisites

No prerequisites required. Company principals will benefit especially from the morning session, and are encouraged to participate throughout the full day. The more technically minded will enjoy the practicals in the afternoon, although the entire day is geared to be both immersive and enjoyable. It all ends with an Open House open to all participants and early SAA’ers.

Location: Center for Digital Archaeology. 900 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 209. Larkspur. Located directly across from the Golden Gate Ferry, which arrives at 9:15am. Parking at 900 Larkspur Landing Circle is free!

Registration: Special SAA price is only $90. Note: Fees are tax-deductible. Organizations may send 1-3 people for the same registration price. First come basis, limited to 21 people maximum. Register by emailing ciao@codifi.org or http://codifi.org/paperless-archaeology-its-about-time

Refreshments and Lunch are included.

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