Instructions

Instructions

Users and Contributors

All information on the LCP is linked to users and contributors

  • Users submit data. 
  • Contributors receive attribution credit for submitted information. 

If the information you are submitting is the result of your own work, then you are both a user and a contributor. If you are submitting information published by somebody else (even somebody deceased), then that person is the contributor; you are submitting information on his or her behalf.


Registration (for a video tutorial about registration, click here).

In order to submit information to the LCP, you must register as a user. On the registration page, you will be asked for an email address, a password, and (if applicable) an academic affiliation. Once you are registered, you will be able to submit information.

When you initially register as a site user, you may also check a box to register yourself as a contributor. Registering as a contributor creates a profile page. On that page you may provide further information such as research interests and specialties, a CV and a photo, a link to an academic website, etc. Profile pages allow people to find out more about LCP contributors and facilitate contact among researchers. Profile pages also list all data on the site for which you are listed as the contributor, whether submitted personally or by somebody else on your behalf. The data is arranged by category: wares, petro-fabrics, vessels, petrographic information, etc.

You may also register somebody other than yourself as a contributor. In order to do this, you must first be registered as a site user (because only users can submit information to the LCP, including when that information is a new contributor). To add a new contributor, go to the Submit tab on the navigation bar; from the available choices, select “Add New Contributor.” You will be taken to a blank contributor profile page. When registering somebody else as a contributor, you only need to enter a first and last name. Remember: being a contributor does not automatically allow you to submit data to the LCP; you must also be a user to do that.

If someone has already registered you on the LCP as a contributor, and you would now like to submit data to the site, then you should register as a user (see above) and contact the LCP editor (aberlin@bu.edu) to have your contributor profile connected to your user account.

Once you are registered, you can always find the information that you have submitted to the LCP. Users can find their submitted information by clicking in the “View submission history” box in the upper right corner of the screen. Contributors can find information that they have submitted or that has been attributed to them by going to their profile page and selecting from the boxes on the left side.


Search/Browse/View Information

Anybody can search, browse, and view information on the LCP. It is not necessary to register or sign in; the site is designed to make information about Levantine ceramics readily accessible to all.

Search allows you to find any type of information already in the LCP. Choose search from the navigation bar, and enter a country, region, date, period, site name, site type, shape, function, etc. On the results page, use the tabs to see specific vessels, wares/ware families, petro-fabrics, etc. On the left side of the page, filter boxes allow you to further refine your results.

Browse allows you to view abbreviated lists of specific categories of information: wares/ware families, petro-fabrics, petrographic images and descriptions, vessels, kiln sites, and the LCP master bibliography. On any browse page, you can refine your results by sorting on the columns or using the search bar at the upper right. To see more information, click through to an item’s full display page.

The utility of search and browse depends on the amount and details of submitted information. As more data is added to the LCP, these tools will become more powerful.

On the view pages, you can find definitions, descriptions, dates, illustrations, and other related data for wares/ware families, petro-fabrics, vessels, petrographic samples, and kiln sites. You can also find the name (and email, when available) of the contributor, meaning the scholar to whom the information is attributed, the name and email of the person who submitted the information, and publication references, when available.


Submit Information

To submit data, select Submit from the navigation bar, and choose from the available options. You may submit wares, petro-fabrics, individual vessels and illustrations, petrographic data, kiln site information, bibliographic references, and new contributors. You may also submit multiple petrographic items via the batch upload option.

LCP submission can be partial; you do not need all relevant data about a ware/ware family or vessel in order to submit information. For example, user A may submit a ware/ware family name and description; users B and C may submit individual vessels that are made in that ware/ware family; user D may submit a petrographic description and thin-section of one of those submitted vessels. In this example, all of this information will appear on the ware/ware family page, with each submission linked to its user(s) and contributor(s). In addition each submission appears on its own individual page. It is also easy to return at a later date and add new information, or change existing information.

  • Wares/ware families: a ceramic ware/ware family is a term for vessels with distinctive shared characteristics: 1) a single petro-fabric, meaning the same clay source; 2) the same manufacturing processes, including preparation, forming, and firing; 3) the same approach to finishing and decoration. Potters may manufacture vessels of the same ware for a limited time or over a long period, and even over several centuries. Over the course of a ware’s production, potters may introduce new shapes and stop producing others. Click here for a video tutorial about submitting wares. Click here for a video about the difference between wares and petro-fabrics. 
  • Petro-fabric refers to the type and source of clay used by a potter. Petro-fabrics are defined by distinctive mineral characteristics; they derive from specific geological formations and associated soils. The identification of a vessel’s petro-fabric may indicate the original soil type but not the date of the vessel, because the same clay source may have been used over centuries or even millennia. Click here for a video about the difference between wares and petro-fabrics. 
  • Vessels: To submit an individual vessel you must provide a unique number or label. This can be an excavation or registration number, drawing number, or other unique identifier. The LCP uses this number to connect the vessel with other associated information, including ware, petro-fabric, illustrations, petrographic analysis, etc.

In the first step of vessel submission, you may also select an associated ware and/or petro-fabric from a drop-down menu; the LCP database will automatically link your vessel, and it will show up as an example on that ware or petro-fabric page. If you do not know the example’s ware or petro-fabric, or if neither has been defined, you may still add the vessel to the LCP. Subsequent steps in the vessel submission ask for other information such as date, place and type of find-spot, manufacturing technique, illustrations, and bibliographic references.

  • Illustrations: To add illustrations to an existing vessel, select or enter the vessel’s unique number in the first field, and then upload one or more images of that specific vessel . You may add multiple images of the same example, e.g., drawings, photographs, details, etc. Click here for a video tutorial about submitting vessel illustrations.
  • Petrographic information is mineralogical data connected to a specific vessel, whether seen in a thin-section or a magnified break. In Step 1 you will enter the vessel’s unique number and specific sample number. In subsequent steps you may enter a descriptive data along with photographs of thin-sections and/or breaks.

When entering data, you may move around in the submission process by selecting from the numbered bubbles at the top of the screen. It is not necessary to fill in every box on the submission pages (so don’t worry if you don’t have all of the requested information). To submit the information, go to the final, summary page and click the "Submit" button on the upper right.


Illustration Guidelines – photographs and drawings

Photographs and drawings are an enormous help in visualizing a vessel. Below are suggested guidelines for LCP images.

  • Format: images may be saved in .jpg, .tiff, .gif, or .png format.
  • Size: 300 dpi or greater, and sized to 10 x 15 cm (4” x 6”).
  • Scale bar: when possible, at the bottom or side.
  • Color card: when possible, at the bottom of the image.
  • Photographs:
    • complete vessels: a straight-on view of the vessel’s full profile, set against a solid color or matte white backdrop.
    • fresh breaks: a close up shot with raking light from the upper left corner of the frame.
    • sherds: placed flat on a solid color or matte white background, with either general light or raking light from the upper left corner of the frame.
  • Drawings: sharp black and white images are preferred.


Bibliographic references (for a video tutorial about submitting bibliographic references, click here).

On the submit page, you may select “Add bibliographic information.” This will take you to a form for adding a publication. You may want to consult the site’s Master Bibliography before submitting a reference; you can find this under the "Browse/Edit" tab on the navigation bar.

Once a bibliographic reference is in the LCP system, you may link it with any individual item or entry, along with additional information, such as specific pages, figures, plates, etc.


Editing Information

All LCP entries can be edited. Editing privileges are restricted to the original submitter(s) and contributor(s) of the data as well as the LCP Editor. The ability to edit means that the LCP can remain up-to-date, since new data can be integrated with older information. In this way the LCP can continue to reflect the state of current knowledge, and to expand along with our understanding.

To edit an entry, select the pencil icon in the browse list or in the given field on a display page (note that this icon will only appear if you have editing privileges). This will take you to the selected step of the submit page. Once there, you may move around to any step and correct or add additional information. To submit the information, go to the final, summary page and click the "Submit" button on the upper right.

If you are not a contributor to a specific entry, and have information to add or suggestions for change, you may either contact the contributor or person who submitted the information directly, or you may contact the LCP editor (aberlin@bu.edu).


Privacy

When submitting any type of information, you may select from three privacy levels:

  • Public: information is visible to anybody who consults the site.
  • Restricted: information is visible only to specified individuals.
  • Private: information is visible only to the user/contributor.


Notifications

Contributors can enable a notifications feature by logging on, going to your contributor profile, and clicking on notifications settings. There you can indicate how you would like to receive notifications, how often you receive them, and what you receive notifications for.

On the settings page you can control your options:

  • Frequency of Notifications: choose whether to receive notifications instantly or in a bundle daily, weekly, or monthly.
  • Mode of Notifications: choose to receive notifications via email and/or simply via an alert on the site itself, when you are signed in.
  • Define your notifications: you may limit notifications to specific countries, dates, and/or periods. You can always see – and modify – your rules by clicking on the “My Saved Rules” tab.
  • You may choose to be notified about everything new and updated on the LCP. Please note that if you choose this option, and you also choose to be notified instantly via email, you may at times receive a significant number of notification messages.

Finally, note that you can stop notifications instantly whenever you like by clicking the STOP ALL NOTIFICATIONS button on the settings page.

Copyright

The LCP is designed to allow users to submit data that has been published by others. When submitting such information, contributor's name(s) - meaning the scholar(s) who studied, analyzed, and/or published the data - should also be included as well as a publication reference, when possible. Every item on the LCP can be linked to a contributor and, when appropriate, a publication; the contributor name(s) and reference then become a permanent part of the item’s record. In this way, copyright and intellectual property are respected.


Comparisons (for a video tutorial about the comparisons feature, click here).

While you are using the Levantine Ceramics Project, you may generate side by side comparisons of different wares, vessels, etc. You can access this feature in one of two ways. The first is through the search feature. Anything that comes up as a search result will automatically have a button that reads "Add to comparison". You can also utilize this feature on the browse page by choosing the "+" option in the rightmost column. To view your comparisons, you can consult the drop down menu in the upper right hand corner of the screen. The entries you have chosen will appear in their respective categories, and you can filter the information you would like to compare.