Geospatial technologies playing their part in historical preservation

As scholars turn to modern technology to help preserve cultural and archaeological artifacts created centuries ago, many are realizing the value of geospatial content management systems.

According to American Sentinel University, a leader in geospatial education, location-based technologies have played an increasingly significant role in the burgeoning field of cultural resource management in recent years. Aside from merely serving as a safe repository for large stores of critical data, geospatial content management systems can also be called upon to deliver the insight to inform future archaeological digs through advanced analytics.

"[Geographic information systems] allow [archaeologists] to know where things are and to connect better to a database on the back end of the artifact that they're pulling out of the ground," explained geospatial engineer Bill Dickinson. "It's all about gathering the data in a geo-referenced way that you can then put into a database and find out more things about the data you've been collecting."

According to Wired Magazine, geospatial content management systems have been instrumental in storing and interpreting LiDAR, or light detection and ranging, data sets that leverage laser technology to scan terrain and develop detailed maps.

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