Osteoware is successfully navigated by understanding the organization of the overall program, the various data entry Modules, and the Special Functions designed for specific tasks. The features of each will be discussed briefly in this online User Guide, but please download and read the complete User Manual PDF’s in the Software Downloads section.
- The Osteoware Home Screen is the nexus of the program, allowing easy access to all functionality for a data record.
- Navigate to any data record via the Data Subset list, or use the Control and F keystroke shortcut.
- The online User Guide summarizes 12 Modules and 4 Special Function features.
- A complete User Manual, with extended content, is available in PDF format in the Downloads section.
The Home Screen, Data Subsets & Catkey lists
The Osteoware Home Screen is the nexus of the program, allowing quick access to the twelve data entry Modules, four Special Functions for a specific data record, the Data Subset menu, and the Catkey window (short for Catalog Key, a vestige of the Smithsonian collections management system).
Select a Catkey by navigating the Data Subset menu, which provides a list of geographic regions, sites, subdivisions of sites, or any contextual structure you may wish to establish. When a Subset is chosen, the Catkey window on the right side of the Home Screen will list all catkeys within that subset. You may also navigate quickly and efficiently to a known catkey by simultaneously pressing the Control and F keys (Ctrl & F), which opens a shortcut window where you type in the catkey to jump directly to that record.
*Welcome* is the default Data Subset that contains only the ‘Press Ctrl & F’ catkey (a phony record). These defaults ensure that real data is not inadvertently entered into an active record (trust us, it happens).
Information on entering commingled remains is provided in the Inventory section of this online User Guide, and in full detail in the User Manual PDF available in the Software Downloads section. Access to the commingled Tracking Database as well as the Add Individual feature is via the Home Screen.