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S29: Our little minions, part 2: small tools with major impact

Moritz Mennenga; Florian Thiery; Ronald Visser

In our daily work, small self-made scripts, home-grown small applications and little devices significantly help us to get work done. These little helpers often reduce our workload or optimize our workflows, although they are not often presented to the outside world. Instead, we generally focus on presenting the results of our research and silently use our small tools during our research. This session will focus on these small helpers (“little minions”,) and we invite researchers to share their tools so that the scientific community may benefit and - perhaps - create spontaneously special interest groups. This session aims at short presentations - “minion talks” (max. 10 minutes including discussion) - of small software or hardware solutions, not only focusing on field work / excavation technology, associated evaluation or methodical approaches in data driven archaeology. Each “minion talk” should explain the innovative character and mode of operation of the digital tool. The only restriction is, that the software, code or building instructions are open and freely available (e.g. GitHub). Proprietary products cannot be presented (but tools designed for them). We invite “minion talks” that present small tools or hardware inventions related but not limited to the following subjects:

- data processing 
- measuring 
- digital documentation 
- GIS-Plugins 
- Hands-on digital inventions (for excavations) 
- Linked (Open) Data tools 
- etc.

We invite speakers to submit an abstract. But after last years spontaneous success of “Stand-up-Science”, there will also be an opportunity to spontaneously participate and demonstrate what you have on your stick or laptop. If you want to participate without an abstract in the spontaneous section of the session, please send an email to us (even shortly before the conference). This is however not obligatory. Please come and spontaneously introduce your little minion!

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