The Neanderthal Studies Professional Online Service (NESPOS) is a scientiï¬c Web-based collaboration platform (groupware) for the research of Neanderthal-related issues including interfaces to the 3D visualisation tools of the TNT VISICORE Suite. It allows all participating scientists to easily get access to already published data as well as to get invited to the peers’ private research spaces, and to contribute own results to the scientiï¬c community via the integrated Wiki functionality.
NESPOS stores this data in an organised form which enables browsing and searching based on data of and relations between the finds. In addition, free-form data with arbitrary links can be stored in NESPOS to account for scientific discussions etc. The scientists are able to simultaneously work with their scientific finds at any point in Europe and in the entire world. Museum collections – including skulls, teeth, tools and artefacts – are being systematically digitised for the NESPOS database and the affiliated VISICORE Suite applications.
Search functions for the main areas of interest are divided into General Search such as CT data, 3D surface scans, images and text documents and in Advanced Search for e.g. sites, human fossils,archaeological data, and literature. The navigation by the menus allows a quick and precise access to the information scientists with different areas of interests are looking for.
The major advantage of this large database for digitised Neanderthal fossils and artefacts is that research becomes independent from the irrecoverable originals. High-quality scans will be available through NESPOS and many studies will no longer require the examination of the originals. NESPOS will, therefore, contribute to a large extent to the conservation of this world heritage for future generations.
Posted on June 7, 2006 by