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Computation 2017, 5(2), 21; doi:10.3390/computation5020021

An Information Technology Framework for the Development of an Embedded Computer System for the Remote and Non-Destructive Study of Sensitive Archaeology Sites

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1
Math and CS Department, Metro State University of Denver, Campus Box 38, P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217, USA
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Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Colorado of Denver, Campus Box 109, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80204, USA
This paper is an extended version of Georgiev, I.; Georgiev, I. Key-Value Method for eScience Data Based on Global Key Space. In Proceedings of the International Conference ICAT’14, Antalya, Turkey, 12–15 August 2014 and Georgiev, I.; Georgiev, I. Prototyping Embedded System for Archaeological Objects of “No-Man” Type—Some Design Problems. In Procedings of the International Conference EpsMO-15, Athens, Greece, 8–11 July 2015.
The authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Demos T. Tsahalis
Received: 16 December 2016 / Revised: 26 March 2017 / Accepted: 29 March 2017 / Published: 5 April 2017
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Abstract

The paper proposes an information technology framework for the development of an embedded remote system for non-destructive observation and study of sensitive archaeological sites. The overall concept and motivation are described. The general hardware layout and software configuration are presented. The paper concentrates on the implementation of the following informational technology components: (a) a geographically unique identification scheme supporting a global key space for a key-value store; (b) a common method for octree modeling for spatial geometrical models of the archaeological artifacts, and abstract object representation in the global key space; (c) a broadcast of the archaeological information as an Extensible Markup Language (XML) stream over the Web for worldwide availability; and (d) a set of testing methods increasing the fault tolerance of the system. This framework can serve as a foundation for the development of a complete system for remote archaeological exploration of enclosed archaeological sites like buried churches, tombs, and caves. An archaeological site is opened once upon discovery, the embedded computer system is installed inside upon a robotic platform, equipped with sensors, cameras, and actuators, and the intact site is sealed again. Archaeological research is conducted on a multimedia data stream which is sent remotely from the system and conforms to necessary standards for digital archaeology. View Full-Text
Keywords: information technology framework; embedded system; remote sensing; robotic surveillance; geographically unique identification; global key space; octree modeling; self-testing; Extensible Markup Language (XML) stream; non-destructive archaeology; digital archaeology information technology framework; embedded system; remote sensing; robotic surveillance; geographically unique identification; global key space; octree modeling; self-testing; Extensible Markup Language (XML) stream; non-destructive archaeology; digital archaeology
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Georgiev, I.; Georgiev, I. An Information Technology Framework for the Development of an Embedded Computer System for the Remote and Non-Destructive Study of Sensitive Archaeology Sites. Computation 2017, 5, 21.

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