It's called the Digital Archaeology Lab — and it's a revolutionary new approach to sharing important new discoveries, stressing the use of advanced multimedia techniques in the distribution of archaeological data. Graphics, animations, audio, video, and text — all are combined in bringing this valuable information to the scientific world. And FileMaker Pro has been a vital component in bringing this vision to reality.
'The Digital Lab received funding for a project that we call the 'Digital Imprint,' explains Director Louise Krasniewicz. 'It's designed to develop standards for the professional publication of archaeological information on CDs and the web. What's been a problem with this type of activity in the past is that individuals would try to do this and spend a lot of time and money reinventing the wheel each time by writing software from scratch and designing graphics specific only for their project. We took a different approach and decided to develop a 'template' which we would design and test and then give away to any archaeologist who would want to use it to publish.'
Early in the planning of this template, it was decided that the only way to really make the project work would be to use the most user–friendly, most flexible off–the–shelf database software available – and the search took over a year. The winning choice — FileMaker Pro.