Vol. X, No. 3

Winter, 1998

A CAD Guide to Good Practice

The Arts and Humanities Data Service in Britain (the parent organization for the Archaeology Data Service, http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/ahds/ ) has published various Guides to Good Practice to suggest how scholars may most productively apply computer technologies to their work. These guides not only assist individual scholars in using specific technologies, they also encourage some common ground for all who use the technologies. As a result, they have significant potential to benefit scholarship. Each has been the responsibility of one of the individual services, such as the Archaeology Data Service.

A new CAD Guide to Good Practice for users of computer-aided design had been planned, and discussions between personnel from the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) and CSA/ADAP Director Harrison Eiteljorg, II, resulted in a joint proposal to create the CAD Guide to Good Practice. Mr. Eiteljorg will write the Guide in consultation with a committee of scholars.

The Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (RCHME) and CSA agreed to offer some support, and Autodesk was approached for the necessary remainder. The Educational Division of Autodesk agreed to provide that additional support; so work on the guide will begin immediately.

The first step in creating the CAD Guide to Good Practice is a meeting of the author and the committee, to be held this winter. Writing will follow, and the text will be distributed and critiqued by the members of the committee. The actual writing of the work, including revisions, should be completed within a year.

CSA, the ADAP, and the Archaeology Data Service are all very grateful to Autodesk and the Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England for their generous support of this work.

For other Newsletter articles concerning the applications of CAD modelling in archaeology and architectural history, consult the Subject index.

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