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School of Archaeological Studies
University of Leicester
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Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are persistent identifiers which can be used to consistently and accurately reference digital objects and/or content. The DOIs provide a way for the ADS resources to be cited in a similar fashion to traditional scholarly materials. More information on DOIs at the ADS can be found on our help page.
DOIs should be the last element in a citation irrespective of the format used. The DOI citation should begin with "doi:" in lowercase followed by the DOI with no spaces between the ":" and the DOI.
DOIs can also be cited as a persistent link from another Web page. This is done by appending the DOI Resolver with the DOI. This would look like:
However, if it is possible it is best to hide the URL in the href property of the <a> tag and have the link text be of the form doi:10.5284/1000185. The HTML for this would look like:
Clive Ruggles (2003) Virtual Walkabouts [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] (doi:10.5284/1000185)
The "Virtual Walkabout" archives contain a series of still, 2-dimensional photographic images that collectively try to express the experience of walking round an archaeological site or monument. The images are presented in their Virtual order from a given point of departure, and are connected by a series of moves, forwards, backwards, pan left, pan right, step left or step right. The user of a walkabout archive can replicate walking around an archaeological landscape: walking up an avenue, around a carved stone or from one site to another. In this way it is possible to use simple 2 dimensional images to imitate the experience of visiting an archaeological site.
Though based on a site, monument or landscape, the walkabout could also be used to express any series of relationships between images that exist on a single 2 dimensional plane, such as might be taken of buildings, artefacts or artwork.
Each walkabout consists of 3 sets of images at different resolutions: a small "thumbnail" image, a medium sized view and a full sized master copy.
In addition, the Virtual Walkabout includes a generator tool which can be used to generate walkabouts from any archaeological site, provided the images are arranged, processed and indexed as appropriate. The Walkabout Generator is supported by a short tutorial which is intended to encourage students to undertake their own simple fieldwork project and presents many of the common problems that fieldworkers face but which students often overlook.
Lecturers and tutors are invited to use the walkabout to prepare students for field work. Students and those using the walkabout are encouraged to submit their own "Virtual Walkabouts" for possible archiving with the ADS.
The Virtual Walkabout derives from an original idea of Prof Clive Ruggles who provided the initial set of images from the sites of Beaghmore and Avebury. The tools and tutorial presented here were devised by Dr Michael Reynier of the Learning and Teaching Support Network Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology. Technical support and design was provided by Jo Clarke of the ADS.