atalhöyük Living Archive is an experimental web application representing data from 21 years of excavation and analysis at that Neolithic settlement southeast of Konya on the Anatolian Plateau in present-day Turkey. What you see here is a pilot—early stage work-in-progress that is paused temporarily while we seek resources to develop it further.
Directed by Professor Ian Hodder of Stanford University, the project's over-arching goal is the reorganization and open publication of all Çatalhöyük data so it can be more readily re-interpreted, now and beyond the period of active excavation ending in 2016. Development of the pilot to this stage was supported by a Digital Humanities Grant from Stanford University Libraries, and led by research developers Karl Grossner and Elijah Meeks.
Enter the pilot Web application
Finds, excavation units, and features in spaces and buildings can be browsed, searched, and filtered along three temporal scales–of deposition, excavation, and occupation phase–with results appearing on a detailed map and in sortable grids.
Try some SPARQL queries
We have reorganized the existing database into a graph-like schema, then published data on ~250,000 finds (and their containing units, spaces, features, and buildings) in 2.3 million RDF triples that can be accessed via SPARQL queries.
Çatalhöyük data is organized within its relational database by specialist teams. RDF publication facilitates many kinds of cross-team queries that were previously far more difficult.
Try the API
We have begun development of a RESTful API, allowing database queries to be entered as URLs, with results returned as GeoJSON.
We are planning a second phase of development to extend this pilot and explore very pragmatically how the principles and practice of Linked Open Data (LOD) and the formal semantics of ontologies can enable knowledge creation, sharing, and integration. more...