Mixing Open Source Technology and Archeology Data Together
The Mound Builder culture was the high point of society in Pre-European North America. Hundreds of Mounds are scattered throughout the US.
The varying cultures collectively called Mound Builders were inhabitants of North America who, during a 5,000-year period, constructed various styles of earthen mounds for religious and ceremonial, burial, and elite residential purposes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mound_Builders)
Its such an exciting topic in that I wrote my Masters Thesis topic on the subject.
The major issue is its hard to get a solid database of where they all are to study more regional patterns.
GitHub is a data repository that allows for sharing and collaborating. What could be a better way of getting to understand GitHub than by trying to share some datasets with the world.
So to make the database:
- Go to http://geojson.io
- Since I couldn’t find a already composed list, I turned to the wikipedia entry. Make a CSV. table
- Import the CSV table into geojson.io
- Save as a Gist
- The one I created can be found here https://gist.github.com/jwitcoski/609bdeed179fb3aec4a
- Thats it!! Fork my repository and add some Mounds!
For more information check out this youtube tutorial on github and geojson