Members of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and the wider archaeological geophysical community have come together to form the CIfA Geophysics Special Interest Group (GeoSIG). Open to both CIfA members for free and to non-CIfA members for a small fee. The GeoSIG represents the interests of archaeological geophysicists to CIfA and in the Institute's activities.
The role of GeoSIG is to
The group is currently examining a number of specific issues
GeoSIG is working closely with ISAP, NSGG, and EuroGPR to ensure that we keep up to date with developments in the wider geophysical community. The committee also has close links with the Near Surface committee of EAGE.
The GeoSIG committee comprises of:
Lucy Learmonth (Chair)
Graeme Attwood (Secretary)
Andrew Hutt (Treasurer)
Mark Whittingham (OCM)
Michael Puntorno (OCM)
Matt Guy (OCM)
Alastair Ruffell - Forensic Archaeology group liaison
Paul Linford - HE & ISAP liaison
Anne Roseveare - liaison with BSSS
Martin Roseveare - former committee member liaison
Twitter - https://twitter.com/CIfA_GeoSIG
We have recently introduced specialist competence matrices, which have been compiled by our CIfA special interest groups and are tailored to their specific areas. These are to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for.
We are planning to hold our AGM on 12 January. We need your contributions to keep the group active and are seeking a Chair, Secretary and Ordinary committee members to contribute to the work of the GeoSIG.
We have identified a number of key initiatives that we really want to see come to fruition over the coming 12-18 months and maybe you have the experience and passion for archaeological geophysics to help us realise these ambitions:
(a) Data Archiving
To improve multiple issues regarding archiving digital data including with ADS.
(b) Technical Papers
To remove and/or replace the current geophysics Technical Paper.
(c) Standards and Guidance
To update and improve the Standards & Guidance with particular regard to confidentiality issues, changes in technology and specifications.
(e) Health and Safety
To provide information/advice on H&S with particular regard to unique hazards encountered by geophysical surveyors.
To regularly communicate with members and seek wide input to proposed documentation changes etc.
If you would like to know more about the committee and their aims please get in touch via groups [at] archaeologists.net.
**If you are interested in putting yourself forward please email groups [at] archaeologists.net
A spreadsheet of the unedited responses was compiled - these have been written up directly from the group notes made on the day. There were a number of actions to come out of the day which we are now working on enacting. The most immediate task will be a poll to determine the spread of survey sizes undertaken in the UK over the last couple of years. This information will be key to helping ADS evolve the submission process for geophysical datasets, so I would encourage you to participate when we launch the survey.
CIfA GeoSIG & ADS jointly hosted an archiving workshop on 27 November 2015 focused specifically on data archiving for geophysics using the ADS services. Louisa Matthews (ADS Collections Development Manager) and Ray Moore (ADS-easy Manager and Lead Digital Archivist) gave presentations focused on the ADS system whilst GeoSIG committee members also attended to contribute to round-table discussions.
Committee meeting Minutes