Documentation of cultural heritage data with iDAI.field 2

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The workshop is on iDAI.field 2 is an Open Source cross-platform tool for the documentation of archaeological field research.

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Title: Documentation of cultural heritage data with iDAI.field 2

Authors: Juliane Watson

Sebastian Cuy

Fabian Riebschläger



Within the conference will be training workshops on "emerging tools and methods in the field of FLOS for archaeology".

The list of workshops and the application form is available here. Don't forget to subscribe to get your place.

Participation is subject to availability among the applications that will be received by October 1, 2020. Each workshop will be activated when the first 7 participants are reached. The timetable of the activated workshops will be published on October 2nd on this page (in any case in the time slot 17-19).



iDAI.field 2 is an Open Source cross-platform tool for the documentation of archaeological field research. It enables researchers to deal with different needs of a variety of disciplines and methods like excavation, survey, architectural or object studies. The core data model can deal with most circumstances and can be adapted as needed, while also trying to maintain standardization where possible.

The very robust synchronization between clients supports distributed work, collaboration and data entry in the field or in places with no internet coverage. Spatial data, images and drawing as well as descriptive data can be stored, managed and interlinked. Type catalogues can be included and linked with findings. While the data is stored in a NoSQL database, the various export and import functionalities allow the integration of other fieldwork software like for example QGIS, iDIG and survey2gis into the toolchain as well as statistics software like R.

In the hands-on Workshop attendees will learn:

* Insights into current state, development and possible benefits of using iDAI.field 2

* The data model and data structure of iDAi.field 2

* How to set up their own project

* How to import data into the client

* To use Type Catalogues

* Synchronization capabilities

* To work with the various interfaces

Additional information:

* There will be a follow-up session organized approximately 4-5 weeks after the workshop

* Agreement with the video recording of the workshop and its publication through ArcheoFOSS communication channels will be necessary

* We will provide teaching materials coherent with the workshop-topics covered


Technical requirements:

What the attendees should prepare

* Computer with a current version of MacOS/Windows installed (Port 3000 should be free)

* If you are using a distribution of Linux, please contact us in advance (

* Please download and install iDAI.field (

If there are any issues, please contact

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