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Table of Content

  1. Entering NESPOS
  2. The Dashboard
  3. Changing your password
  4. Downloading VISICORE
  5. Creating your own space
  6. Editing the access rights for your space
  7. Browsing through already entered data: the Public NESPOS Space
  8. The structure of the tree view
  9. Having a look at a NESPOS object
  10. Creating your own objects and uploading data

1. Entering NESPOS

  1. Find NESPOS at
  2. Enter your user name and password on the welcome page of NESPOS. These have been sent to you with the confirmation of the payment of your membership fee.
  3. Agree to the terms and conditions on the following page
  4. You enter the "Internal Start Page" of NESPOS with basic links. When you get lost in NESPOS, you can always get back to this page by clicking on the NESPOS logo.

2. The Dashboard

  1. Press "Dashboard" on the "Internal Start Page".
  2. The Dashboard is the main overview page for NESPOS users. On the left you get an overview of all NESPOS spaces, you have access to, and on the right side you see the objects that have recently been created or edited. In the upper right corner you find a tool box for e.g. creating new objects or spaces.

3. Changing your password

For safety reasons please change your password as soon as possible.

  1. In order to change your password, click on the link "Profile" in the upper right corner of the dashboard.
  2. Choose the "Change Password" tab.
  3. Please also edit your profile, e.g. add your address, give a short description of your research or provide a link to your homepage. For this, just click on the „Edit Profile" tab.

4. Downloading VISICORE

VISICORE is the integrated visualisation software of NESPOS. It consists of two parts: 1. ArteCore, the application for the2D- and 3D-visualisation of fossils and artefacts, and 2. GeoCore, the application for generating and explorating virtual 3D models of archaeological sites or their geographic distribution on maps.

  1. In order to get back to the internal start page, please click on the NESPOS logo.
  2. On the internal start page select the button „Download VISICORE".
    # Select the correct VISICORE version for your platform and download the respective zip-archive onto your hard drive.
    # Windows users simply execute the setup file and the setup assistant will open. Linux users ...

5. Creating your own space

In NESPOS content is organized by spaces. Spaces are working areas, in which you can store your data. For example, you may want separate areas on NESPOS for each team or project within your organisation. In NESPOS, you can set up a different space for each team or project. You can build content for each of these spaces individually, decide who its users are, and even archive mail separately within each.

  1. Please go back to the dashboard by clicking on the link in the upper left corner.
  2. Click on the "Create a new Space" button in the upper right corner of the dashboard in order to create your own space.
  3. Fill out the entry fields 1-3 (name: e.g. Jon's Space, key: JS) and press OK. The new space is now displayed among "Your Own Spaces" on the dashboard.

6. Editing the access rights for your space

NESPOS offers a sophisticated management of rights. You can either grant access rights to user groups, e.g. all members of an institution or the team of a research project, or to individual users.

  1. Click on the "Browse Space" button of your new space on the dashboard.
  2. Open the "Space Admin" tab.
  3. Click on the link "Permissions" (under "Security").
  4. Press the button "Edit Permissions" for groups or for individual users.
  5. Groups: Simply select a group in the pull down menu and click on „Add"; Individual Users: Click on the loupe icon to open the list of NESPOS users.
    Use the field „Full name contains" in order to find the respective users more quickly. Select them by clicking on the check boxes and press the „Select" button.

    The pop-up will close and you get back to the permissions page. The selected users are now displayed in the text field. Press „Add" to confirm the selection. You can now edit the permissions of the individual users by clicking on the different check boxes. Please consider carefully to whom you grant which access rights. Please also check your own rights. You should have all rights in your own space.
  6. Confirm with the button "Save all".

7. Browsing through already entered data: the Public NESPOS Space

  1. Click on the NESPOS logo in order to get back to the internal start page.
  2. Click on the button „Browse" on the internal start page.

By this you get on the homepage of the Public NESPOS Space. In this space all public data about Neanderthal sites and finds is stored. You can access the data in different ways:

  • You can choose a country and select then the site you are interested in.
  • You can click on the button „Map all Sites with GeoCore" in order to display all sites that have been entered in NESPOS on a default map.
  • You can also click on the link „ Browse Space" in order to get different overviews of the content. When you have entered the „Browse Space" view, you see on the first tab „Pages" three different options:
    • Recently Updated: shows, which objects have been created or updated recently in this space
    • Alphabetical View: provides an alphabetical list of the objects
    • Tree View: displays the data in a hierarchical structure. This is the most useful view for browsing through the site related data in the Public NESPOS Space. Just click on the small „+" signs in order to open the content of a specific hierachical level.

8. The structure of the tree view

The tree view displays the data about archaeological sites with a fixed hierachical structure. The different levels of the hierarchy are ordered in the following way:

  1. Site
    1. General Stratigraphy
    2. Excavation
      1. Stratigraphical Sequence
      2. Layers
        1. Find Assemblages
          1. Individuals (only anthropological and zoological data)
            1. Single Remains (artefacts, human or faunal remains)

9. Having a look at a NESPOS object