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{html}<br><br><br> <img src="https://www.nespos.org/download/attachments/140/title_howtouse.png"><img src="https://www.nespos.org/download/attachments/140/title_howtouse_unregb.png"><a href="http://5.9.66.74/display/DocumentationSpace/

NESPOS

+member"><img src="https://www.nespos.org/download/attachments/140/title_howtouse_memba.png"></a><a href="http://5.9.66.74/display/DocumentationSpace/NESPOS+-+FAQ"><img src="https://www.nespos.org/download/attachments/140/title_howtouse_faqa.png"></a> <br><br> <TABLE border="0"> <TBODY><TR> <TD valign="top"> <TD width="650px" valign="top"><form align="justify">NESPOS

is

the

centralized

object

database

of

the

Neanderthal

Museum

and

is

administrated

by

the

NESPOS

Society

e.V.

based

in

Mettmann.

<br>

NESPOS

is

an

open

source

platform

containing

digital

information

and

data

about

Pleistocene

archaeology.

The

database

comprises

3D

objects,

photographs,

text

documents,

data

sets

and

publications

which

are

organized

according

to

their

geo-referenced

sites.

Backups of all digital objects are made at the collocation centre of the University of Cologne.

A

wiki-based

content-management

system

guarantees

worldwide

availability.

With

regard

to

the

necessities

of

the

curators,

flexible

access

rights

control

the

proper

handling

of

the

digital

data.

<br>

To

enlarge

the

database

and

as

a

service

for

interested

parties

the

Neanderthal

Museum

offers

the

possibility

to

digitalize

3D

objects

(CT

scans

and

surface

scans).

<br>

In

the

following,

we

will

provide

you

with

the

basic

skills

needed

to

find

the

information

and

data

you

are

searching

for.

<br><br> <b>Database Structure</b><br>



Database Structur

 (Public

space)

information

in

NESPOS

is

organized

within

a

hierarchic

structure

of

parent

and

child

pages.

A

parent

and

all

its

children

comprise

a

page

family.

One

such

family

is

e.g.

a

specific

archaeological

site

("Site

XY").

For

this

site

different

kinds

of

information

are

available:

i.e.

general

stratigraphic

data,

absolute

chronological

data,

archaeological

material,

bibliographic

references

etc.

All

these

kinds

of

supplementary

information

are

children

pages

of

the

parent

page

"SiteXY".

The

different

children

pages

of

a

parent

page

can

be

depicted

in

the

linked

files

and

pages

section

on

the

right.

<br><br> <b>Sites + Data</b><br> The sites are structured according to their location on the three continents Africa, Asia, and Europe, and the country they belong to with each parent page of a site presenting some basic information. From this basic information page more detailed information is accessible in a hierarchic structure. First, the basic information contains general information such as site name, site type, first description, discovery date and a short chronological abstract. In addition to that, the location is described in detail comprising e.g. site coordinates and a small map marking the site. On the right, linked files and pages, additional content and pictures can be seen. The linked files and pages section shows other files such as multimedia files (e.g. pdfs) concerned with the referred site or allows for bibliographic information with the "bibliography" page. Among the linked files and pages the index is especially important as it gives an overview of pages and data available.<br><br> <i>2.1) Archaeological Data</i><br> Information about archaeological remains such as lithic or organic artefacts of specific sites can be easiest found via the general stratigraphy tab among the index. You then are e.g. able to choose a specific layer of which you need more detailed information such as technological and typological features of the lithic assemblage, and tables or pictures of the (lithic and/ or organic) artefacts. Moreover, for some sites absolute dates are available which also can be navigated via the general stratigraphy page.<br><br> <i>2.2) Cave art: the Wendel Collection </i><br> Besides palaeoanthropological (3D) data, a unique characteristic of NESPOS is the so-called <a href="https://www.nespos.org/display/TWC/Home">Wendel Collection</a>. It probably represents the world's largest photo collection containing about 3000 pictures of Franco-Cantabrian cave art from more than 50 prehistoric cave sites. As a famous stage designer Heinrich Wendel, driven by his artistic interests, travelled the Franco-Cantabrian region several times between 1964 and 1970, in search of inspiration from prehistoric cave art. He also took pictures in the non-public areas of the caves. More than 20 years after Heinrich Wendel's death this photo library was endowed to the Neanderthal Museum for scientific revision and conservation. The pictures of the different caves can be found by choosing the site you are interested in and then follow the collection item: Wendel collection among the linked files and pages section on the right.<br><br> <b>Human Fossils</b><br> A unique characteristic of NESPOS is the large set of digitalized anthropological remains. According to your <a href="https://www.nespos.org/display/openspace/Join+NESPOS">license</a> you have access to different kinds of 3D data such as surface scans/STL models, CT and microCT scans or 6 face models. Data are sorted according to the different hominid species: anatomically modern humans, Neanderthals, Homo erectus, Homo heidelbergensis, and Australopithecus and then accessible via a hierarchical structure as described above: Continent (Africa, Asia, and Europe) - Country - Site. After having chosen the species and the country you are interested in you get a list with the palaeoanthropological sites and the specimen of which data are available in NESPOS. The list includes different kinds of information:<br><br> <b>site:</b> you are redirected to the general information page of the site, if available<br> <b>specimen:</b> via a click you are redirected to a page containing general information about the relevant specimen<br> <b>description:</b> anatomical description of the specimen<br><br> The three following tabs include links to the different kinds of digitalized data available:<br><br> <b>6 Faces model</b><br> <b>STL model</b><br> <b>CTscan or microCTscan</b><br><br> A click on one 3D data model redirects you to the page containing some general information about the specimen on the left, linked pages on the right and the attached data files which appear at the bottom.<br><br> <i>3.1) 3D data processing</i><br> For a first visualization and some basic working processes you may download the two open source 3D viewers Meshlab (<a href="http://www.cyi.ac.cy/system/files/MeshLab%20Documentation1.pdf">see external Tutorial</a>) and Optoview (see tab "Service"). For a more detailed processing of the data we offer the <a href="https://www.nespos.org/display/openspace/VisiCore+Suite">VisiCore Suite</a> which can be downloaded from our homepage. Two user manuals, one short and one detailed, are also available in the "Support" section.<br><br> <b>Modern reference</b><br> Apart from the palaeoanthropological data modern reference data are available. The reference data contains information about Hominoidea, Ceboidea, Cercopithecoidea, Lemuroidea, and Lorioidea. Due to cooperation with the Primate Research Institute of the Kyoto University for some species 3D data are available.<br><br> <b>My NESPOS</b> (only accessible when you are a license holder)<br><br> My NESPOS offers the possibility to create your own spaces in order to store and share your research data. It is up to you whom you allow access to your space(s) and which data you make accessible.<br><br> <b>Literature</b><br> This part of the NESPOS database allows searching the public bibliography space for bibliographical information of selected publications. You may either use the free text search or chose from the author list organized in alphabetical order. Only as a NESPOS member you can download selected PDF files of articles.<br><br> <b>Search</b><br> There are different types of search functions in NESPOS. You may either use the simple search, the timeslice search or the advanced search. For the simple search you may use either the field on the front page above the navigation bar or the tab search_simple search. Both, the simple and the advanced search can handle the Boolean Operators (e.g. "discoid AND Neumark" or "Homo sapiens NOT adult"). When you search NESPOS by simple search, the program will include the content of the following types of attachments: Word, Text, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF, HTML. The timeslice search enables you to search the database for information related to a specific timeslice. Therefore you have to choose a technocomplex or industry from the drop down list. Via the advanced search you first type in your request and then check the page/object type(s) you are looking for. You can only choose one box per run. Every query can easily be saved as a bookmark with your browser. </form></TD> </TD></TR> </TBODY> </table> {html}

Sites

The sites are structured according to their location on the three continents Africa, Asia, and Europe, and the country they belong to with each parent page of a site presenting some basic information. From this basic information page more detailed information is accessible in a hierarchic structure. First, the basic information contains general information such as site name, site type, first description, discovery date and a short chronological abstract. In addition to that, the location is described in detail comprising e.g. site coordinates and a small map marking the site. Linked files and pages, additional content and pictures can be seen. The linked files and pages section shows other files such as multimedia files (e.g. pdfs) concerned with the referred site or allows for bibliographic information. Among the linked files and pages the index is especially important as it gives an overview of pages and data available.

2.1) Archaeological Data

Information about archaeological remains such as lithic or organic artefacts of specific sites can be easiest found via the general stratigraphy tab among the index. You then are e.g. able to choose a specific layer of which you need more detailed information such as technological and typological features of the lithic assemblage, and tables or pictures of the (lithic and/ or organic) artefacts. Moreover, for some sites absolute dates are available which also can be navigated via the general stratigraphy page.

2.2) Cave art: the Wendel Collection

Besides palaeoanthropological (3D) data, a unique characteristic of NESPOS is the so-called Wendel Collection. It probably represents the world's largest photo collection containing about 3000 pictures of Franco-Cantabrian cave art from more than 50 prehistoric cave sites. As a famous stage designer Heinrich Wendel, driven by his artistic interests, travelled the Franco-Cantabrian region several times between 1964 and 1970, in search of inspiration from prehistoric cave art. He also took pictures in the non-public areas of the caves. More than 20 years after Heinrich Wendel's death this photo library was endowed to the Neanderthal Museum for scientific revision and conservation. The pictures of the different caves can be found by choosing the site you are interested in and then follow the collection item: Wendel collection among the linked files and pages section on the right.

Human Fossils

A unique characteristic of NESPOS is the large set of digitalized anthropological remains. According to your license you have access to different kinds of 3D data such as surface scans/STL models, CT and microCT scans. Data are sorted according to the different hominid species: anatomically modern humans, Neanderthals, Homo erectus, Homo heidelbergensis, and Australopithecus and then accessible via a hierarchical structure as described above: Continent (Africa, Asia, and Europe) - Country - Site. After having chosen the species and the country you are interested in you get a list with the palaeoanthropological sites and the specimen of which data are available in NESPOS. The list includes different kinds of information:

site: you are redirected to the general information page of the site, if available
specimen: via a click you are redirected to a page containing general information about the relevant specimen
description: anatomical description of the specimen

The three following tabs include links to the different kinds of digitalized data available:

STL model
CTscan or microCTscan

A click on one 3D data model redirects you to the page containing some general information about the specimen on the left, linked pages on the right and the attached data files which appear at the bottom.

3.1) 3D data processing

For a first visualization and some basic working processes you may download the two open source 3D viewers Meshlab (see external Tutorial) and Optoview (see tab "Service"). Fore a more sophisticated visulisatin of the 3D-modell we offer the Artefact-Viewer which can be downloaded from our homepage. The Artefact-Viewer was developped in collaboration with the Chair of Computer Science, University of Cologne, Prof. Dr. U. Lang and Dipl. Inf. D. Wickeroth. A user manual in form of a short video is also available in the "Support" section, as well as two publications about the Artefact-Viewer.

Modern reference

Apart from the palaeoanthropological data modern reference data are available. The reference data contains information about Hominoidea, Ceboidea, Cercopithecoidea, Lemuroidea, and Lorioidea. Due to cooperation with the Primate Research Institute of the Kyoto University for some species 3D data are available.

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