New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) is engaged in a long-term archaeological research program to investigate the history of north Abydos, an area the ancient Egyptians viewed as having an extraordinary significance. The aim is to build a comprehensive understanding of the full range of ancient activity at the site, how this changed over time, how the meanings attached to the site were expressed and evolved, and how Abydos relates to the broader context of Egyptian history and culture.
Archaeologists at NYU have been using Shared Shelf to upload and catalog images directly from the Abydos site to the cloud, where their content can be backed-up and preserved. Collections can be cataloged, searched, and managed collaboratively, so everyone involved in the project can work together in one shared platform. As Dr. Matthew Adams, Abydos Associate Director/Field Director, says in this video, “There’s simply no way for an assemblage of tens of thousands of images to be a usable research resource without a powerful cataloging and accessibility tool like Shared Shelf/Artstor.”