drs. J. van der laan (Cambium Botany) is one of the founders and the functional manager of WOODAN. In 2013, Jelte finished his study at the Groningen Institute of Archeology of the University of Groningen. During his studies, he specialized in archaeobotanical research, which focused on archaeological wood. After his graduation, Jelte went to work as a freelancer and owner of Cambium Botany. In 2013 he approached Stephan and then identified the problem that there is no central registration system for archeological wood, and that - partly because of it - lacked a standardized method of wood research. He asked Stephan to design and build a system to provide for this.
drs. S.H. Nicolaij (Qursi Software) is one of WOODAN's founders and the technical manager. He graduated from Groninger Institute of Archeology at the University of Groningen in 2010. As a graduation subject he chose a research on pottery from Friesland. After graduating, Stephan worked as a database developer for a major care facility. In addition, he has always stayed in contact with the archaeological community, and as a self-employed he started a company in designing and building database-driven websites: Qursi. On the instructions of Jelte, Stephan built a first version of the database, tested and linked to the Cambium website in 2013. In this system, wood fins could be read from a standard format from Excel and then the finds could be retrieved and searched through HTML forms.
drs. S. Lange (BIAX Consult) is one of the founders of WOODAN. She studied archeology at the Albert Egges Institute of Pre and Proto History at the University of Amsterdam, the current Amsterdam Archeological Center. In 1996 she graduated as an archaeologist in the direction of prehistory of Northwest Europe. The subject of her dissertation was Grafheuvelwegen on the Northwest Veluwe. During her studies, Silke has specialized in the identification of wood from archaeological contexts. In 1998, she founded the company for Eco-Archeology together with a student friend. Between 1996 and 2010 she also worked with the AAC project office and had the position of project manager for North Holland. She has contributed to many excavation campaigns and led to various archaeological research in the region. In 1999 she also studied the Management of Archaeological Projects at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In 2011, Silke worked with Biax Consult on some projects. This felt so good she decided to cancel her own business and join the Biax team. Since January 1, 2012, Silke is a partner in Biax Consult in Zaandam. In addition, Silke is a PhD student at the Institute of Regional History of the University of Amsterdam.
Over the last decades universities, government institutions and commercial companies have collected a huge amount of information on archaeological wood finds. The need for a platform, where this data can be centrally accessed, has been emphasized for several years. Since 2013 we have been working on an online platform were archeological wood from Dutch sites can be registered and found in a database-driven website.
Databases are an indispensable tool in modern day research. Although the Dutch government provides in a system in which archeological research is registered, it takes very much time to collect data about individual finds. Besides, until recent research (SL), no overview of wood finds in The Netherlands was available in contradiction to, for example seeds, pottery or metal finds.
With WOODAN we try to provide in a web-based database in which one can easily search and access all the data on archaeological wood finds. WOODAN employs different search strategies. Our goal is to implement an free, international database and are looking for enthusiastic partners.
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