DECORATED ARCHITECTURAL SURFACES
The Middle Eastern Geodatabase for Antiquities (MEGA)–Jordan reached a major milestone in July 2010 when this new Web-based, Arabic-English geographic information system (GIS) was deployed by the Jordanian Department of Antiquities (DoA) for use in its offices. MEGA–Jordan was created by the GCI in partnership with the World Monuments Fund and the DoA, and it utilizes new technology and flexible, customizable open-source tools. Work on an Iraq version of MEGA is slated to begin after the Jordanian system is fully deployed. The system will be expanded to contain data for the protection of historic buildings and will be adaptable for use by countries internationally.