3 year funded PhD studentship opportunity

September 19, 2012

3 year funded PhD studentship opportunity on

GeoSemantic Technologies for Archaeology Resources

This PhD research project will investigate the integration of spatial and semantic information in the archaeology domain. The successful candidate will work with the Hypermedia and GIS Research Units at the University of Glamorgan. The supervisory research team includes Douglas Tudhope (dstudhope@glam.ac.uk), Mark Ware (jmware@glam.ac.uk) and Alex Lohfink (alohfink@glam.ac.uk).

This work will build on the AHRC funded STAR and STELLAR projects at Glamorgan, which made significant advances in semantic tools and techniques but where spatial data were out of scope. The spatial dimension is a key aspect of digital archaeology. It is anticipated that the research will involve collaboration with various organisations, including the Archaeology Data Service at the University of York, English Heritage, Ordnance Survey.

The research team has an excellent track record in the application of semantic technologies to digital archaeology research. This involves mapping and extracting excavation data to ontologies, such as the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model and Knowledge Organization Systems, such as thesauri and glossaries for Monument and Find types. However the integration of the spatial and semantic dimensions remains a key challenge.

Recently work has begun to address this problem, including proposed extensions to the semantic web language SPARQL and spatial extensions to ontologies such as the CIDOC CRM. Various standards based approaches have been proposed by the Open Geospatial Consortium, including the OGC standard semantic language GeoSPARQL. Efforts are underway to consider the appropriate spatial extension to the CIDOC CRM ontology and in particular a GeoSPARQL extension. The PhD work will seek to investigate approaches for modelling the integration of spatial and semantic archaeological data, investigating the potential of GeoSPARQL and other approaches.

Applicants should have significant software development skills/experience. Knowledge of semantic technologies and GIS will be an advantage but is not necessary. Funding is £15,000 per year available up to 3 years of study, which is not inclusive of fees.

For further details and to apply online see Centenary Doctoral Scholarships

The closing date for applications is 15th October 2012.

Informal inquiries to Douglas Tudhope (dstudhope@glam.ac.uk).