Monday, September 28, 2015

The Geo-Archaeological Information Applications (GAIA) Lab

The Geo-Archaeological Information Applications (GAIA) Lab
The combined impacts of population growth, rapid planned and unplanned development, looting and warfare in many parts of the world have placed tremendous pressure on cultural resources and on the government agencies responsible for managing them. Thousands of known historically significant places and archaeological sites are threatened by these forces; untold thousands more await discovery, preservation, and development. It is a daunting task that requires the application of modern methods of data management and retrieval. The task is aptly suited for solutions based on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), database and Web-based  technology. 
The GAIA Lab, affiliated with the Center for Cyberarchaeology & Sustainability at the University of California, San Diego, specializes in developing and deploying integrated GIS standalone and web-based databases for managing cultural resources and other large-scale spatial datasets.  We use the latest web mapping methods, including Google Maps and Google Earth, powered by AJAX, PHP, KML, JavaScript and MySQL.

Our Mission

  1. To help empower national, state and local governments and educational institutions in the discovery, documentation and preservation of their archaeological and historic resources through development and deployment of integrated Cultural Resources information applications using GIS, geodatabase, and web technology.
  2. To develop GIS, database and web-based methods and techniques to better model and manage cultural resources.
  3. To develop crowd-sourced web applications for archaeological site monitoring and preservation.
  4. To provide educational opportunities for student research.

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