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2015 | 2 | 229-238

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Komputerowa baza stanowisk archeologicznych Jordanii


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Computer Database for Antiquities in Jordan

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First computer database for antiquities had been introduced in Jordan at the beginning of 1990s. In following years the system was developed and changed. As a result, it became internationally acknowledged and awarded: in 2010 it was qualified as one of one hundred most promising innovations in digital technology by Netexplorateur forum; in 2014 Arches project, which developed based on experience from Jordan, was counted by Planetizen as one of ten best internet sources for planning, design and urban development in the world. The aim of this article is to present Jordanian database and the story behind it. It is interesting to take a closer look: how Jordanians managed numerous problems which occur during archaeological database creation; what were their solutions and did they fulfill expectations. Among many problems the most often and the most complex are: • precision of site location; • problem of site borders/limits/reach; • diversity in archive data; • access to database; • new data entry mechanism. The analysis of Jordanian archaeological database brought the conclusion that international acknowledgment does not have to equal to a full success. Some elements and implementation procedures are original and innovative whereas others do not seem to work. This is another aim of this article: to present solutions which have the potential of heritage protection and management improvement and those which did not fulfill the expectations. This project has been funded with support of the European Commission. The article reflects the view of the author only, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.






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  • archeolog, Instytut Kultur Śródziemnomorskich i Orientalnych PAN, Uniwersytet Jordański w Ammanie


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