Ishtar is an ambitious project aiming to enable the management, improvement, analysis and sharing of data from archaeological excavations, from fieldwork to museums.
This project takes shape as a free software for archaeological data management published under AGPL 3.0 or any later version license.
Ishtar is in constant development. It is a participatory project, so do not hesitate to share your needs with the team on the forum!
The software has been designed by and for archaeologists and those who work in connection with them (specialists, managers of archaeological collections, restorers, archaeology enthusiasts, etc.). Its design was nourished by collecting the needs from the field (two of the three members of the core team are archaeologists, and the project benefits from the feedback of many concerned professionals).
The software does not dictate a unique way of doing things, but adapts to all purposes, as well during an excavation as in a research or restoration laboratory, in archaeological warehouses or in museums, notably thanks to typologies specific to each instance and the ability to customize forms and fields. As far as possible, the software does not impose any particular workflow.
The software is organized around a common core associated with modules linked to specific professional needs: administration of operations and inventories, archaeological warehouses, treatments related to restoration laboratories, advanced stratigraphic analysis, QR-code labeling, etc. Thus only the required functionalities are present in the user interface, depending on the chosen modules.
Multiple levels of users are possible, from a public access (or not) to access for researchers, operations managers, warehouses managers, GIS connection, etc., with precise reading and writing rights, defined by geographical area or at the scale of the archaeological excavation, or by module.
The project resulted in the release of version 1 at the beginning of 2017 (fully fonctional version, with management of administrative files, excavations, sites, context records, archaeological finds, finds treatments, archaeological warehouses).
Version 2 was developed in 2018, with the re-engineering of the source code in order to use newer libraries, and the re-design of the graphical user interface to made it responsive.
Version 3 was initiated in 2019, with the migration to Python 3 (major evolution of this programming language), another re-engineering to use newer libraries and numerous new functionalities, such as the cartographic module, the configuration of real-time statistics, the generation of diagram of stratigraphic relations, ...
Here are some examples (non-exhaustive list) of possible uses for the management of archaeological data coming from:
The current version allows to perform the following tasks:
Underwater archaeology module