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Critical perspectives on the practice of digital archaeology - 03-04/02/2017, Cambridge (Ma, USA)

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 03-04/02/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Tsai Auditorium, Harvard University (Cambridge, Ma, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Anne Austin (Stanford University) ; Eric Kansa (Open Context)

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Location: Tsai Auditorium (S010) CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Coffee, 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Welcome, Introduction, 9:00 - 9:30 AM

9:00 - 9:20 Rowan Flad (Chair, Standing Committee on Archaeology, Harvard University) and Eric Kansa (Open Context)

9:20 - 9:30 Peter Bol (Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, Harvard University)

Data Creation and Practice, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Moderated by: Peter Manuelian (Director of the Semitic Museum, Harvard University)

The morning session has speakers engaged with data capture and creation. They will explore issues of what kinds of data they capture and why. How do they align data creation practices with goals of interpretation, research design, public engagement? To what degree are data empirical and objective versus selective and interpretive? Should our community mainly consider data management in terms of cultural heritage preservation or do we need to more fully consider other purposes and values for data?


9:30 - 9:55 Rachel Opitz (University of South Florida), Digital Recording and Creating an Archaeological Record for Gabi

9:55 - 10:20 Jolene Smith (Virginia Department of Historic Resources), Other People’s Data: Practical Realities and Ethics of Preservation, Reuse, and Dissemination at a State Repository

10:20 - 10:45 Jody Gordon (Wentworth Institute of Technology) Advancing Archaeological Practice?: Problematizing Digital Archaeology and the Measurement of its Practical and Interpretive Values

10:45 - 11:10 Theresa Huntsman (Sardis Expedition, Harvard Art Museums), Does anyone still know what this means? Archaeological legacy data preservation vs. open data presentation at two long-running excavations

11:10 - 12:00 Panel Discussion: Suzanne Blier (Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard) and Anne Austin (Stanford Archaeology Center)

Lunch 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Data Curation and Reuse, 2:00 - 4:30 PM

Moderated by: Jason Ur (Director, Center for Geographical Analysis, Harvard University)

Speakers in the afternoon session will bridge the realms of data creation / capture and data preservation / reuse. They will explore the challenges in meaningfully communicating data to wider audiences within a discipline, in other disciplines, with other publics, and with future generations. To what extent can current research data management and curation practices support new scholarship, instruction and engagement? Where do we see misalignments between data creation and downstream reuse? What new skills, professional incentives, and professional roles do we need to support and sustain to make data meaningful in scholarship?


2:00 - 2:25 Merce Crosas (IQSS, Harvard University) FAIR data management and data sharing

2:25 - 2:50 Ece Turnator (MIT Libraries) Contextualizing Digital Humanities; its evolving meanings and possible future directions

2:50 - 3:15 Ixchel Faniel (OCLC Research): Do your data management and curation practices support data reuse?

3:15 - 3:40 Shawn Graham (Carleton University) Rehashing Archaeology: some thoughts on the potentials and perils of teaching with reused/reusable data

3:40 - 4:05 Panel Discussion: Barbara Fash (Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard) and Gabriel Pizzorno (Department of History, Harvard)

Afternoon Break / Coffee, 4:05 - 5:00 PM

Conclusion, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

“The Galisonian program, hard cores, and mirror recursion in Archaeological science”

Ben Marwick (University of Washington)

Reception, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Digital Data in Practice Workshop (Saturday, February 4, 2017 )

Location: Tozzer Library, Room 203; 21 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138


Please also take a moment to fill out this questionnaire before the workshop.

On Saturday morning (9 AM - 1 PM), we will host a workshop for Boston-area archaeologists to introduce fundamental aspects of good archaeological data practices. The workshop will help guide archaeologists in data management planning, introduce open source software tools for data cleanup, and introduce archaeologists to a variety of online data resources and standards that support research.

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