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CALL. 15.02.2020: [SESSION 19] " Grand Challenges for Digital Research in Archaeology and Philo




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Westin Boston Waterfront, (Boston, MA, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Miller C. Prosser (Oriental Institute, University of Chicago); Timothy P. Harrison (University of Toronto)

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A “grand challenge” is an idea that is meant to generate major changes, expand boundaries, intensify research activities, and mobilize resources. This workshop provides a venue in which researchers collaborate to address a series of grand challenges in the domains of digital archaeology and philology.

Year One: Breaking out of the Table: The Grand Challenge of Digitization Year Two: Integrating Data Sets Year Three: Analysis, Publication, Archiving, and Sustainability

Year One (2020):

When is it possible or desirable to go paperless? The idea of creating“born-digital” data has long been a goal for researchers. Ideally, byeliminating paper recording and the eventual transcription of printedforms into a database, we save time and increase accuracy. But thereare many challenges in realizing this goal. In this session, we concentrate not only on the methods of recording digital data, butalso on the schemas or data models used to record the data. Datacollection, analysis and publication have come a long way since thedays of spreadsheets, relational databases, static HTML pages and theinherent limitations that come along with these data models.Humanities data is inherently problematic in that it does not fitneatly into models and tools developed in the business world. In the first year of this conference workshop, we consider new and alternateways of dealing with the variable and complex data generated byarchaeological and philological research. We intend to provide a venuein which researchers present effective strategies that eschew thelimitations of relational databases. The goal is to promotediscussions and evaluations of methods that are better-suited to the unusual kinds of data we work with in the fields of archaeology andphilology.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, graph database models, semi-structured data, the semantic web, linked open data, creative uses of GIS platforms, and TEI as a model for textual data. We also welcome presentations on specific projects or newly developed tools and platforms. Presenters may be working on excavations, surveys, text editions, epigraphy, paleography, or any sub-field that falls under the broad umbrella of ASOR.

Workshop Structure The workshop will consist of four papers followed by respondents and a discussion. The response and discussion portions of the workshop are meant to identify common issues, solutions, and generally contribute to advancing computational approaches to archaeology and philology. The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 15, 2020. Please submit your abstract (max. 250 words) directly to ASOR’s Online Abstract Management System: Select the Workshop from the drop-down menu. Please note that membership in ASOR and registration for the Annual Meeting are required at the time of abstract submission. Registration is at: Individual memberships can be obtained at: Please contact Miller C. Prosser with any questions (

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