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Open Source Archaeology by Ben Edwards, Andrew T. Wilson

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Benjamin Ducke

Benjamin Ducke: Freien Universität, Berlin, Germany

7 Free and Open Source Software in Commercial and Academic Archaeology: Sustainable Investments and Reproducible Research

7.1  Introduction

While computing and software-based research pervade every aspect of modern archaeology, the pool of software specifically created for archaeological applications remains small. This is no small paradox, given that we live in a world of digital plenty; a world where software for just about any purpose has been available gratis, in the form of “Free and Open Source Software” (F/OSS), for decades. In key areas such as GIS, database management and statistical computing, there are free alternatives that are every bit as capable as even the most ...

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