Online AccesS to the Index of archaeological investigationS
PILOT STUDY USER GUIDE
OASIS seeks to improve the flow of information between contractors, local authority heritage managers and the general public.
The overall aim of the first OASIS project was to provide an online index to the mass of archaeological grey literature that has been produced as a result of the advent of large-scale developer funded fieldwork. As part of this overall vision, the OASIS data capture form was designed to help in the flow of information from data producers, such as contracting units, through to local and national data managers, such as SMRs and NMRs. The resulting information will be validated by the relevant SMR/NMR and passed onto the ADS for inclusion in its online catalogue ArchSearch. The inclusion of information in ArchSearch will enable users search for the latest information pertaining to a particular site, type of monument and so on and either provide direct web links through to the grey literature reports or at least act as a pointer to the physical holding place of a report or archive. It is hoped that the OASIS project will facilitate the rapid flow of information from producer to user.
If you have any comments about the form please email them to the OASIS Project Team at OASIS@minerva.york.ac.uk
The OASIS data capture form
The form is event based and is designed to be filled in at the completion of every stage of the archaeological process from desk-based assessment to full excavation. Essentially the relevant section of the form should be completed whenever a piece of grey literature or an archive is deposited with a local planning authority, museum or digital archive. Consequently a large-scale project may have several OASIS records.
The OASIS form has been designed to be intuitive to use. It should be noted that while filling in data the pages of the form might be visited in any order and revisited as often as necessary.
The question mark button provides a link to a pop-up window that provides specific help as to what should be entered in a particular box
The plus button adds another information box. For example, the form asks for the main monument types and their period about which there is information from a project. In the Project Details section of the form there is only space for a single monument type and period to be recorded. Pressing the plus button will add another monument type and period set of boxes.
The submit button on the main page sends all of the data captured in a session to the relevant NMR / SMR. On subsidiary pages, such as the Project Location page, the submit button writes the data back to the main page of form prior to finally submitting the information.
The clear all and start over button deletes all of the data entered in to the entire OASIS form and allows the user to begin filling in the form again.
The design team
The OASIS form has been designed by a committee with representatives drawn from the Archaeology Data Service (Jo Clarke and Damian Robinson), The Archaeological Investigations Project (Bronwen Russell), English Heritage (Mark Barratt and Keith May) and the Royal Commission for Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (Diana Murray).
If you have any comments about the form please email them to the OASIS Project Team at OASIS@minerva.york.ac.uk
This section of the OASIS form is designed to provide general information about the project and to answer question such as what the project is about, what kind of work has been undertaken, what it has found and whether the work has been completed.
An example of a completed Project Details page would be:
Please include a short title for the project. It is especially helpful if the title can indicate where the project took place.
This short-description should be written for non-specialists and should include a summary of the main period, type of site, and major features for which evidence was recovered.
Please indicate whether there has been any previous work on the site, or whether the work will continue beyond this OASIS record.
Any associated project reference codes
Please include any codes by which the project is known by the organisation undertaking the archaeological work, or by the local or national records office.
Please record the type of project:
A programme of assessment of the known or potential archaeological resource, within a specified area… It consists of a collation of existing written, graphic, photographic and electronic information in order to identify the likely character, extent, quality and worth of the known or potential archaeological resource
A limited programme of non-intrusive and/or intrusive fieldwork which determines the presence or absence of archaeological features, structures, deposits, artefacts or ecofacts within a specified area…If such archaeological remains are present field evaluation defines their character, extent, quality and preservation and enables an assessment of their worth
A tiered multi-disciplinary programme of investigation which assembles data relating to a defined resource and then examines the likely positive and negative effects of a proposed development programme on the resource. The product of an environmental assessment programme is known as an Environmental Statement and, unlike the other events dealt with here, its content and scope are defined by legislation (European Directive 85/337/EEC; implemented in the UK as Town and Country Planning (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1988 (SI 1199)).
A post assessment and evaluation program of investigation initiated prior to a development that would result in the destruction of archaeology. This is a program of controlled, intrusive fieldwork with defined research objectives which examines, records and interprets archaeological deposits, features and structures and, as appropriate, retrieves artefacts, ecofacts and other remains within a specified area or site.
A research project in the context of OASIS may be defined as an archaeological program to examine a specified site or area, with defined research objectives, using a variety of techniques. Research projects are undertaken to advance knowledge, rather than to rescue the archaeological evidence of a particular site prior to its destruction in a development.
Estate Management Survey
to be completed
to be completed
Please also include a few subject keywords that describe the site or monument. These should be drawn from controlled vocabulary sources where possible. A link to the online version of the English Heritage Thesaurus of Monument Types is provided to help choose these keywords.
Please also include a few subject keywords that describe the most significant finds recovered from the site. These should be drawn from controlled vocabulary sources where possible. A link to the online version of the mda Archaeological Objects Thesaurus is provided to help choose these keywords.
This section of the OASIS form is designed to record the exact location of the archaeological project, both in terms of its address and geospatial location.
An example of a fully completed Project Location record would be:
District or unitary authority
Please include the name of the District within which the site/study area is located.
Please include the name of the County (post - 1974) within which the site/study area is located and county/unitary authority where relevant (if affected by local government re-organisation).
Please include the name of the Parish within which the site/study area is located.
Please include the name of the Townland within which the site/study area is located.
Please provide the full street address and site name for the location of the project.
Please provide the full postcode for the location of the project.
This refers to the area which the project covered. In terms of a small-scale excavation this will be measured in square metres, whereas a large-scale landscape project may well cover an area which can be measured in hectares.
National Grid Reference
Please enter centred 6 or 8-figure NGR for site/study area, preceded by the appropriate 2-letter 100 km grid square code. In certain circumstances it may be necessary or appropriate to give two references, for example to indicate the page numbers of the article or chapter.
Where a project has excavated down to natural, please record its average height relative to Ordnance Datum.
This section of the OASIS form is designed to record the names of the organisations who set the project brief, wrote the project design, directed and managed the work and which organisation(s) sponsored the work.
An example of a completed Project Creators page would be:
Name of organisation
Please include the name of the regional, county or local archaeological society or group that carried out the fieldwork/investigation.
Please include the name(s) of the person(s) who set the project brief.
Project design originator
Please include the name(s) of the person(s) who set the project design.
Please include the name(s) of the person(s) who directed/supervised the project in the field.
Please include the name(s) of the person(s) who managed the project.
Sponsor or funding body
Please include the name(s) of the organisation(s) who sponsored or funded the project.
This section of the OASIS form is designed to record when the project began and ended, or to give some indication of the likely completion date of the project.
An example of a completed Project date(s) record would be:
Please include the date when the archaeological fieldwork/investigation commenced.
Please include the date when the archaeological fieldwork/investigation was completed. If the project is still in progress if possible please give some indication of likely completion date.
This section of the OASIS form is designed to record the exact location of every element of a project’s archive. This is especially useful where different elements of an overall archive are held by different organisations, for example, the digital archive may be held by the Archaeology Data Service and the finds and documentary archives may be deposited with a local or national museum service. Such information helps to ‘join-up’ such distributed archives.
An example of a fully completed Project archives record would be:
Please indicate the place of deposit for the digital, paper and finds related archives. NB. The locations must be completed for each type of archive; for example, the digital archive may well be deposited with the Archaeology Data Service, the finds with the local museums service and the paper archive in a specialist paper archive, such as the National Monuments Record of England. This will help researchers to ‘join-up’ distributed archives.
Archive ID code
Where possible please include an identification code given to the archive. This will help guide future users of the data to archive.
Please indicate the contents of each archive by ticking the boxes.
If there is any additional information, such as an alternative temporary location for part of the archive, please indicate that here.
This section of the OASIS form is designed to capture information pertaining to the published material relating to a project.
An article in a published serial
For example, this refers to a paper on the site that was published journal such as Britannia, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal or Internet Archaeology.
An article/chapter in a published monograph
For example, this refers to a paper on the site that was published as a subset of a larger book.
A published monograph
For example, this refers to the site being published as a separate book
An unpublished document/manuscript
For example, this refers to a project or site report that was not formally published in a book or a journal. Often this is referred to as a ‘grey literature’ report.
An example of a fully completed Project bibliography record would be:
This refers to the full name of the report, chapter, or monograph.
In the case of a report appearing as a paper in a published serial, please give the full title of the serial/series.
Multi-article monograph title
In the case of a report that appears as an article or chapter in a published monograph, please include the title of the monograph and the title of the monograph series of which it forms part.
Please record the name(s) of the author(s)/editor(s) of the report.
Where the report is an article or a chapter that is contained within a published serial or monograph, the name(s) of the editor(s) should be given.
In the case of a report appearing as an article or a chapter in a published serial or monograph, please include the start and finish page numbers of the article or chapter.
Other bibliographic details
In the case of a report appearing as an article or chapter in a published serial or monograph, please include further bibliographic details of the published serial or monograph that contains the report: e.g. series number, volume number, volume part number, year or years for which issued and year of imprint/publication (if different).
If the report is a published monograph, or is an unpublished document or manuscript that exists in more than one edition, please include the relevant edition of the report.
This refers to the year in which the report was issued or published (if the report is an unpublished report, or a published monograph relevant in its entirety).
Issuer or publisher
This refers to the issuer or publisher of the report/serial/monograph.
Place of issue or publication
This refers to the place of issue or publication of the report/serial/monograph.
This refers to the International Standard Book Number. An ISBN number is given to every published book.
This refers to the International Standard Serial Number. An ISSN number is given to every published serial, such as a journal, or when a book forms part of a larger series.
Please include a description of the report in terms of its format, appearance, or presentation.
Web address (URL)
This is a space for you to include a web address or Universal Resource Locator (URL) for the publication if it is available over the Internet.