Although databases in themselves are useful resources, they are greatly enhanced by the addition of advanced data retrieval and analysis tools. The SEAD project is developing a number of essential tools for analysing and visualising palaeoecological data.
The SEAD project aims to provide a comprehensive suite of interfaces for retrieving, adding, altering, analysing and visualising the contents of the database. The majority of these will be available online, including data entry. Uploaded data will pass through a clearing house to ensure that everything is correct and complete.
The SEAD team are also coordinating with the Neotoma consortium and HUMlab in order to provide globally accessible and intuitive access to environmental archaeology data (see collaboration for more info.)
QSEAD is the interface used for exploring and downloading SEAD’s data. As part of VISEAD a new interface is currently under development, which will be replacing the current prototype. It will retain many of the old functionalities and expand on these.