Overview and Highlights
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Subjects of ObservationIn Open Context, "Subjects of Observation" are the physical things described by researchers in their studies. They include archaeological sites, ecofacts (like animal bones and plant remains), archaeological contexts and features, areas of the landscape defined in surveys, and much more.
Media"Media" records are binary digital files that help document data published by Open Context. They can include image files (photographs or drawings), GIS media files, PDF files, Excel data files, video files, 3D model files, and more.
Documents"Documents" records are (unstructured) narrative text information stored directly in the Open Context database in the HTML format. Because they are HTML they can contain links to images and links to other records inside and outside of Open Context. Their content is also more thoroughly indexed for search than the content of "media" files above.
ProjectsIn Open Context, "Projects" are the main units of publication. A project represents a collection of data, media, and associated documentation developed and contributed by one or more investigators. Each project typically has their own manner of describing and categorizing their observations.
Data TablesIn general, Open Context is a dynamic and frequently updated database. You can download a virtually limitless variety of tabular data to output every search or query you make. However, Open Context also stores some static and unchanging externally stored "Data Tables" files. Unless otherwise indicated, the content of Data Table files will not change even after updates to the Open Context database.
Image credit: Bradley Parker, Peter Cobb (2012)
Image credit: Benjamin Carter (2020)
Image credit: Kevin Garstki (2020)