The Center for the Study of Architecture, CSA, is devoted to advancing the use of digital information technologies in the service of architectural history, archaeology, and related disciplines.
Welcome to the CSA Web site. CSA's aim is to encourage appropriate
uses of computers and information technology by those involved in research
in archaeology and architectural history - and those who will need the fruits
of that research. The key word is appropriate. In these still relatively early stages of the digital era it is not easy to know how best to use the new computing power that has become available to us. Nor is it obvious which technologies will turn out to be the best and most appropriate for a given use. Perhaps most important, it is very difficult to find sources of information about these technologies, especially the ways they can be applied to scholarly work. It is CSA's mission to help guide users and potential users of information technologies so that, at the least, they can make well-considered choices of computers and software and find resources to guide them in the effective use of the technology.
If you encounter any problems with our site, please let us know through the email
address listed for the director on our email contacts page.
Recent Additions and Updates as of 16 September 2013
Vol. XXVI, 2 (September, 2013); posted on 16 September 2013:
The second edition of Archaeological Computing by Harrison Eiteljorg, II, with GIS chapter by W. Fredrick Limp, is now available for download as a PDF file.
An update/revision of the CSA Layer Naming Convention-- to the introductory text but not the convention itself -- was posted in September of 2009.
Comments concerning any CSA resources are encouraged and appreciated. Suggestions for improvement, criticisms, and disagreements should, to the extent possible, be made known to anyone who may wish to use those resources. Therefore, we will follow the following formal procedure to encourage additions, corrections, and enhancements to CSA resources:
Any reader may comment on any item by sending the comments to CSA Director, Harrison (Nick) Eiteljorg, II, at the email address on our email contacts page. The commenting reader must identify himself or herself by full name (and position if desired) and provide an email address for contact. The comment will be put into HTML form in
consultation with its author and posted. A link to the comment will be placed on the resource. (Links will always be placed in the title areas in the form of an icon with the phrase "CSA Reader Commentary" or "CSA Newsletter Commentary," as appropriate) The name of the reader (and position when supplied) and the date of the comment will be included on the secondary page, as will subsequent comments about the same resource (making only one linked page per resource as the maximum, no matter how many comments). Illustrations are welcome. The email address of the reader(s) will be available either on the web page or from CSA, at the reader's discretion.
The linked page with comments will present the comments in standard chronological order, not in the reverse order made popular by blogs. The author of the resource will be asked to respond to the reader's comments, but the reader's comments will be posted when received and will not have to await the author's response unless the author and reader wish to work together on the comment.
Mr. Eiteljorg reserves the right to reject profane, commercial, or unrelated comments.
An example of this new procedure may be found for the article "High Dynamic Range Photography," by Harrison Eiteljorg, II; XIX, 2; Fall, 2006. (http://www.csanet.org/newsletter/fall06/nlf0603.html)
General Information about CSA:
CSA was founded in 1986, incorporated as a Pennsylvania not-for-profit
corporation in 1987. It is a public charity, 501 (c) (3) organization, as
defined by the Internal Revenue Service. The mailing address is CSA, P.O.
Box 60, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, USA. Telephone: (484) 612-5862. Email for the director: see our email contacts page.
Comments, suggestions and reports of problems with any material posted
to the Web by CSA will be greatly appreciated. Please use the above mailing address or see our
email contacts page for email addresses.
Harrison Eiteljorg, II, is the founder and
director of CSA. To send comments or questions to Mr. Eiteljorg, please see our email contacts page.
Susan C. Jones was the administrative assistant from the spring of 1995 until the end of August, 2009.
Phoebe A. Sheftel serves as the Director of the CSA Gordion Project.
Members of the Board of Directors are Samuel H. Francis, Ph.
D.; Charles A. Fritz, III; Richard Hamilton, Ph. D.; John A. C. McMurtrie,
III; and Harrison Eiteljorg, II, Ph. D.
In addition to the directors, CSA has an Advisory Board, consisting of George F. Bass, Ph. D., and G. Kenneth Sams, Ph. D.
J. Penny Small, Ph. D., and John Sanders, M. A., are Adjunct Professors.