Harris Matrix Data Package: version 2022 of the hmdp tool with new features for the creation of stratigraphy data packages
Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio per le province di Imperia e Savona, Ministero della Cultura, Genoa, Italy
Panel: Archaeological stratigraphy data
The Harris Matrix Data Package is a proposed standard for
archaeological stratigraphy data, based on the well known Data Package
specification and the formalization developed by T. S. Dye together
hm Lisp package. The
hmdp tool was first presented at the
ArcheoFOSS 2019 conference and has since been maintained. With version
hmdp tool is getting new features, notably a new
command, with the aim of easier onboarding at the different levels of
detail that the standard allows.
The Harris Matrix Data Package is fully compatible with the
format and therefore it allows rich metadata without hindering
interoperability. The metadata descriptor is a JSON file that follows
the Frictionless Data specification.
Since creating datapackage.json manually is error-prone and time consuming, the new init command can be either run in the directory containing the already existing CSV files (e.g. contexts.csv and observations.csv), or it can also be used to create a data package from scratch, with both the data descriptor and the resource files.
Future research would need to focus on importing data from other widely used formats.