iPad at Work – with Archeologists at Pompeii

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In Pompeii — the longest continuously excavated archaeological site in the world — iPad is revolutionizing how scientists work in the field. Rather than recording notes and sketches on paper, researchers at the site use iPad and apps to capture invaluable historical data faster, more easily, and with far better accuracy.

It’s getting to be where a day almost doesn’t go by where I don’t see reports of the iPad in use at another educational institution or in another line of work. Today, thanks to a great post over at Gear Diary, I came across this Apple case study of the iPad’s use by a team of archeologists at Pompeii.

Here’s a little more on how the team from the University of Cincinnati came to choose the iPad to work with:

The idea of using iPad to collect the massive data the project would generate came from Ellis’s University of Cincinnati colleague John Wallrodt, an expert on digital databases for archaeological projects. Wallrodt had looked unsuccessfully into using various tablet devices for field research, but when iPad was introduced in January 2010, he knew at once that it was right for their project. Says Wallrodt, “Perfectly portable, with no moving parts, a Multi-Touch screen, and a battery that lasts the whole workday, iPad was practically custom built for our needs.”

Adds Ellis: “It was the ability to enter so many disparate kinds of information, recording everything from architectural elements to fish scales and bones to the actual sequences of events. That my team could both type and draw on the screen, and also examine all previously entered data, made it an ideal single-device solution.”

The case study makes for a great read, highlighting once again what a versatile and powerful device the iPad is.  Check it out here when you have a few minutes:


Patrick Jordan

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