This application is broken up into a series of carefully structured steps. When you participate, the platform will load a scanned drawing of an amphora such as the one below. These drawings are typical of how archaeologists traditionally record vessel shapes, with the outside of the vessel shown on one side of the drawing and the interior profile shown on the other side (sometimes also with a further section showing the handle shape).
We are asking for help in digitising these drawings as 2D polygons that can then be used for futher analysis. These polygons also have the advantage of being ready for conversion into a 3D object.
Once the scanned drawing has been loaded, you will proceed in a series of steps as follows:
In the first step, you will be asked to draw simple line across a scalebar (you can enter a start and an end point, but nothing more complicated). For all other steps, you will be asked to digitise a polygon by clicking along its outline. To finish a polygon, double-click on the last point you wish to enter. If you are drawing a polygon, the last point your enter by double-clicking will automatically be joined back up to the first point you created. In each step of the task, a digitising toolbar provides options to draw, edit or delete features. Once you have completed a step, you can click 'Next' to proceed to the next part of the task. On the last step, you will no longer have a 'Next' button, but instead will now see a 'Submit all' button that you can click to finish your task.
In step 1, you will be asked to draw a line from on end of the scale-bar shown in the drawing to the other.
In step 2, you will be asked to draw a polygon outlining the external shape of the amphora. You line will be shown in yellow once you complete the sketch. Around handle joins, you may need to guess how the oultine continues, but your end result should look something like the one below.
In step 3, you will be asked to draw a polygon outlining the internal cavity of the amphora.
Your polygon outline will be shown in pink once you complete the sketch. Your focus will be on drawing the internal shape of the vessel as shown on the left-hand side of the drawing, and your polygon should extend an arbitrary amount over the top of vessel and over the vessel mid-line (it will be clipped accurately in post-processing). Your finished polygon (overlayed on the results from the previous steps) should look something like the one below.
In steps 4 and 5, you will be asked to draw polygons outlining the non-profile portion of the drawing (the right-hand side in most cases) and the neck portion of the amphora. Your polygon for the vessel mid-line should delineate this mid-line exactly but then extend an arbitrary amount above, below and to the right of the vessel (it will be used for post-processing). Your polygon for the vessel neck-join should be a box in which the bottom side defines what you think to be the breakpoint between the main body of the vessel and its neck. Sometimes this is hard to judge, but do your best. Your polygon outlines will be shown in orange and maroon respectively once you complete the sketches. Your finished polygons (overlayed on the results from the preivous steps) should look something like the ones below. IMPORTANT: notice how these polygons extend well above the amphora itself.
In steps 6 to 8, you will be asked to draw polygons outlining the left-hand handle, right-hand handle and handle sections, if these are shown. For the left and right handles, it is important to make sure that you draw polygons that extend into the space between the external and internal profiles of the amphora, as shown below (these will be clipped back in post-processing).
In the last step, you will be asked if you wish to enter any of your own comments (e.g. concerns you have about this drawing or notes about incomplete parts). Please keep these brief, as you can always post lengthier questions or comments on our community forum.
During the task, you can always return to this tutorial via the "Tutorial" button.
How to use the application's digitising toolbar:
Photo loaded: This label simply indicates whether or not you are waiting for the scan to be loaded into the application. If it says 'Photo loaded', then you can begin digitising.
Scalebar: This label indicates what part of the amphora you are currently digitising.
Draw: This option is selected by default, at the beginning of a task. Click on 'Draw' whenever you want to start drawing a line or polygon. Once you complete your drawing of a feature, the delineating line will turn from blue to a different colour.
Edit: This option is enabled once there is at least one complete feature drawn. After clicking on 'Edit', choose the line or polygon you wish to edit by clicking once anywhere on it. It will turn blue, and become available for editing such that you will be able to re-position the blue nodes that give the line its shape.
Delete: Use this option if you wish to delete your existing drawing (for the current step only).