Introducing my project for the 2018/2019 CHI fellowship: Peruvian Origins Informatics Project. With this project I want to build an interactive, multi-component website that will be accessible to non-academics and will be valuable to future researchers. I want to make this website as accessible as possible by having multiple language options. The site will initially be launched in English but I plan on creating a Spanish version throughout the upcoming year. My project is centered around the South-Central Andes in Peru and is complementary to my own thesis research here at Michigan State University.
The project itself will be hosted on GitHub and will have three main layers. The first layer will be a landing page where users will be able to see pictures I have taken from my field seasons in Peru, access other layers of the site directly through a navigation bar, access related published articles on the archaeological sites included in this project, and be able to interact with the newly created social media pages. Layer 2 is an interactive map with markers designating the various sites included in this project. Users will be able to see the variety of sites represented and click on individual markers which provide site names and links to artifact pages. Layer 3 or the artifact pages will have a 3D model of a projectile point from the site displayed in an interactive viewer. The models will be manipulable with pop-up boxes containing information about the site and artifact viewable on the page itself.
Archaeological sites from the highlands of Peru and desert coast will be featured within my project. I plan on including archaeological sites that date to the initial colonization of Peru (~12.4 kya) to the late holocene (3.1 kya). My project will show the change in material culture through Peruvian prehistory. My future blog posts will outline and detail my progress on the website.