Innovative Cyberinfrastructure


The ArchNet website is designed to promote appreciation, understanding and knowledge about archaeology and the preservation and interpretation of cultural resources, both prehistoric and historic. As you browse through ArchNet you are invited to discover links to thousands of web presentations devoted to archaeology, ancient sites and artifact studies. The content of these presentations is not stored within ArchNet, rather the ArchNet website provides indexes, searches and links to this growing body of diverse educational resources.

The Digital Archaeological Record

tDAR is an international digital archive and repository that houses data about archaeological investigations, research, resources and scholarship.  tDAR provides researchers new avenues to discover and integrate information relevant to topics they are studying. Users can search tDAR for digital documents, data sets, images, GIS files and other data resources from archaeological projects spanning the globe.  For data sets, users also can use data integration tools in tDAR to simplify and illuminate comparative research.

Method Advances in Archaeology

The Archaeological Research Institute works in collaboration with groups like the Partnership for Research in Stereo Modeling (PRISM) to preserve artifacts and analyze data using 3-D modeling and visualization techniques and geographic information systems (GIS). The institute's online resources include a GIS tutorial.

Network for Computational Modeling for SocioEcological Science

CoMSES Net is a scientific research coordination network to support and expand the development and use of computational modeling in the social and life sciences. The National Science Foundation-sponsored CoMSES Net brings together social and natural scientists using (and desiring to use) advanced modeling to study coupled natural and human, or ‘socioecological’ systems (SES).

Social-Ecological Systems Library

The Social-Ecological Systems (SES) Library is a database containing information about the ecological and social attributes of SES around the world. This ongoing effort of the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity is geared to help develop theory. A series of online tools is provided to visualize output from models.

The Virtual Commons

Affiliated with the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, the Virtual Commons is an open software initiative devoted to computational experiments, research and analysis on collective action problems. Currently the two main areas of software development are real-time dynamic and interactive experiments with 10-30 simultaneous clients and a framework for web-based collective action experiments. An online foraging experiment allows researchers to conduct multiplayer experiments wherein participants interact with each other in a controlled, shared, virtual resource environment.