Heathrow T5 archaeology data released under Creative Commons

Last week, Framework Archaeology launched an update to their Archaeology at Heathrow T5 website. The update includes an improved version of their (Windows only) free GIS that allows you to explore the hard archaeological data collected during “Perry Oaks” phase of the investigations.

Crucially, the raw data behind the GIS has been released in a variety of useful formats. It is released under a Creative Commons license (Attribution-NonCommercial), so it’s free to use for whatever you like so long as you don’t make any money from it.

Formats include CSV, XML, SHP and GML. The photographs and scanned section drawings are also available to download.

Despite being announced on a few mailing lists, it appears to have slipped under the radar of most people. To release this much raw data about such an important and interesting archaeological site, under a flexible license that encourages reuse, is quite a milestone.

I’ll be interested to know if anyone does anything interesting with the data.

[Disclaimer – I’m connected with this project]

3 Responses to Heathrow T5 archaeology data released under Creative Commons

  1. Stefano Costa 19 August, 2007 at 6:36 pm #

    Actually, this IS a milestone. I really hope that more and more public archaeology projects will start releasing “their” data under free licenses.
    And yes, it is very interesting to see if someone will do “something” with these data. Just counting the number of downloads could be a good start IMHO.

  2. Steve White 5 September, 2007 at 8:39 pm #

    I just found this blog and it’s top drawer stuff. I’ve added it to the Online Archaeology toolbar. More info here: http://www.online-archaeology.co.uk/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2345

    I downloaded the viewer and data but didn’t realise the licence implications. I’ve been waiting for a while for some good data to be made available so I can try to use it with the Google Maps API. I might give it a go, although the tiling at high zoom depth in the API is pretty limiting, but it’s worth having a play anyway.

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