Site Recorder 4 Tour: Reprocessing Legacy Archives
As well as being used on current projects, Site Recorder 4 is ideal for reprocessing information collected during previous fieldwork and turning it into a more useable form. Legacy archives are often just a collection of separate documents, often only on paper, which are hard to re-use, difficult to share and expensive to copy. Site Recorder can be used to turn a paper archive into a more useful digital archive that can then be published or added to with later fieldwork projects.
Legacy information from the USS Monitor was reprocessed into an integrated digital archive using Site Recorder
Paper site plans can be scanned and added to Site Recorder as Image Basemap objects, these can be used as-is or can be digitised using the built-in drawing tools.
Paper documents can be scanned and converted to digital form using commonly available OCR software. Lists and spreadsheets of objects recorded previously can then be imported directly into Site Recorder using a powerful Wizard tool which automatically creates the required objects such as Artefacts, Features, Samples, Wrecks and Targets.
Measurements and survey points can be imported and then reprocessed using Site Recorder's adjustment tool. The new diagnostic and error finding tools in the program can be used to eliminate survey problems that may not have been identified during the previous work.