The practice of using mobile survey applications (or a digital fieldwork assistant, dFA) has a tradition of more than a decade
in the context of archaeological field survey. In their 2002 CAA paper "Educating the Digital Fieldwork Assistant", Martijn
van Leusen and Nick Ryan wrote extensively about the advantages and practicalities of using a digital field notebook combined
with a GPS receiver for field surveys. The OpenArchaeoSurvey project is aimed at improving such applications, building on
recent developments in mobile technology. The ‘open’ in our project stands for ‘open source software’, but also for allowing
real-time data exchange and communication using the fieldwork application. In addition to the practical advantages, this creates
the possibility for all participants to reflect on the collected data. Therefore, the development of the OpenArchaeoSurvey
goes hand in hand with a tentative exploration of improved possibilities for Mobile Learning, or, how students can be ‘educated
by the fieldwork assistant’.
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