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Justin Barton  

As both Chief Technology Advocate and Manager of Partnership Development, Justin's role is varied and spans the breadth of CyArk activities.

He has spent considerable time over the years helping establish CyArk's standards for both long-term data archiving as well as data collection during field work.

He has worked closely with CyArk's software development team during the evolution of CyArk's Site Manager online data management suite as well as working closely with Partners who are using the tool externally to guide customization, utility, and maintenance.

Justin works closely to manage many of the University partnerships CyArk maintains and will often conduct training sessions with these university-based Technology Centers. The trainings cover data collection, data processing, and data management for digital preservation projects.

Justin has been helping establish close ties between CyArk and international government partners as well.

This is to continue the establishment of working relationships with heritage authorities spanning the globe as CyArk presses forward in efforts to build sustainable capacity for digital preservation.

Many of these efforts coincide with the establishment of local Technology Centers based at universities as well establishing CyArk chapters.

Justin has been working closely with government representatives, local service providers, local universities/academies/colleges, and interested individuals in establishing CyArk chapters (for example, CyArk Hawai'i (USA), CyArk South Africa, CyArk Korea, and more).

As part of the continued development of the organization and its outreach, Justin additionally works closely with the Development team helping reach out to individual parks and sites to work towards singular projects. These efforts form the groundwork to broader, long-lasting relationships.

Justin received his BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley. It was there that he was first exposed to the use of terrestrial laser scanning in archaeological research through the scanner owned by UCB's Archaeological Research Facility.

Shortly after completing his BA, Justin came to work for CyArk as a Production Specialist, processing data from field activities. After one year at CyArk, just moved to the UK to study for an MA in Field Archaeology at University College London's Institute of Archaeology. However, he remained involved with CyArk throughout this two-year adventure.

His MA research focused on the use of laser scanning and its integration with GIS for a 'multi scalar' GIS to provide the best tools for assessment and preventative conservation work for earthen architecture (his case study was the site of Ancient Merv, Turkmenistan. Justin has published multiple articles (both peer reviewed and not) about his research.

After completing the MA, Justin returned to the US and CyArk full-time. Since his full-time return, he has held the positions of Project Manager, Production Manager, and now Technical Services Manager.

Justin continues to have a personal interest in the use of sanning for preservation and conservation of earthen architecture, one of archaeology's most fragile resources.

Justin is an admitted gadget junky and can usually be found with his iPhone or iPad in hand.

He enjoys experiencing different cultures during his work travels to satisfy his anthropological curiosities. He also enjoys drinking Landon Silla's home-brews.

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