The Computer as a Tool in a Dialectical Approach to Data Processing [article]

(:Unkn) Unknown, Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen, Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen
For a study of sites and artefacts in a small region of South Japan, the author developed a combination of photography and a relational data base that provides tools for data input, analysis, output and manipulation. New results from analysis in the course of an investigation can change research design within the data base continuously. At the same time the structure is kept consistent. The most efficient part of the data base in this sense is the 'artefact area' with its flexible treatment of
more » ... xible treatment of artefacts, attributes and classes. The present article focuses on this aspect. The hard-and software equipment is shortly introduced. Basic theoretical ideas about observations, properties and attributes and their significance for classification shall explain the structure of the 'artefact area ' of the data base with respect to statistical, archaeological and technological standards. Two representative examples of application from the casestudy in Japan are presented.
doi:10.15496/publikation-3411 fatcat:sbjruekpvre2petsmeidfo4b7q