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-====== Total Open Station: freeing our hardware ======+====== Total Open Station: freeing our hardware ​(paper draft)======
  
 The contact between Archaeology and Open Source Software is increasing since several years, every year it produces more interesting and useful results for archaeological practice in anyone of its parts. If you think, just for the most common uses, to Spatial Analysis',​ to office'​s and Database management'​s applications,​ our everyday instruments are heavily changed and improved in the past years. ​ Nobody could deny the feedbacks have been just positive. They'​ve been more than encouraging and the people related to archaeology involved and using open source software is increasing sensibly. The contact between Archaeology and Open Source Software is increasing since several years, every year it produces more interesting and useful results for archaeological practice in anyone of its parts. If you think, just for the most common uses, to Spatial Analysis',​ to office'​s and Database management'​s applications,​ our everyday instruments are heavily changed and improved in the past years. ​ Nobody could deny the feedbacks have been just positive. They'​ve been more than encouraging and the people related to archaeology involved and using open source software is increasing sensibly.
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 To have a completely Open Hardware approach we have tested and used it on the open mobile system called Open Moko. To have a completely Open Hardware approach we have tested and used it on the open mobile system called Open Moko.
  
-====== Total Open Station: freeing our hardware (2) ======+====== Total Open Station: freeing our hardware (abstract version) ======
  
-After trowel, the most common tool for archaeologist ​is the total station. The main problem about total station isn't related to proprietary software but it'​s ​operating system ​related. You shouldn'​t be obliged to use any of them in particular, but you should be free to work just on the one you need and you commonly use for all the others applications. ​+After the trowel, the most common ​archaeological ​tool is the Total Station. The main problem about total station isn'​t ​necessarily ​related to proprietary ​downloading ​software but the potential to be locked into a single  ​operating system. You shouldn'​t be obliged to use any of them in particular, but you should be free to work just on the one you need and you commonly use for all the others applications. ​
  
-To fulfil this wish we have thought to Total Open Station(TOPS).+To fulfil this wish we have developed ​Total Open Station(TOPS).
  
-TOPS is an open source software, of course. It's written in Python and it's released under GNU GPL 3 licence. We have expressively ​implemented ​it to be a multi-platform(Unix-Mac-Win) ​oneto accomplish ​the first need resulted from archaeologists'​ everyday working: having ​"open hardware"​.+TOPS is an open source software, of course. It's written in Python and it's released under GNU GPL 3 licence. We have expressively ​designed ​it to be a multi-platform (Unix-Mac-Win) ​releasewith this we could provide ​the archaeologist with what they need; an "open hardware" ​Total Station.
  
-It allows to load the raw data from a certain ​number of total stations, already implemented, ​and to export the data in several formats(txt,​ gml, dxf, etc.), according to the program you need to use.+TOPS allows to load the raw data from a number of total stations and to export the data in several formats(txt,​ gml, dxf, etc.), according to the program you need to use. Extra station models can be catered for by coding a simple parser using provided instructions.
  
-We've gone further towards a completely Open Hardware ​approach ​and we have tested ​and used it on the open mobile ​system called ​Open Moko.+Hardware ​support goes even further ​and beyond total stations; TOPS has been tested ​to run on a variety of hardware platforms, most noticeably ​the Openmoko ​mobile ​telephone. Archaeologists then are not bound to traditional computing hardware, but can use their Open Total Station with a variety of hardware; freeing both geospatial data and themselves.
  
-Now everybody can use the system he wants for working with his total station and anyone, who needs it, could add his own total station model implementing just a very little part of code, following the instruction we give with the software. 
  
  
  
  
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