NSF Support for Linking State Site Files

We are delighted to announce the success of our grant proposal to the National Science Foundation to create interoperability models for archaeological site databases in the eastern United States (NSF #1216810 & #1217240). Our core team consists of researchers from the Department of Anthropology and Archaeological Research Laboratory at the University of Tennessee, the Alexandria Archive […]

NEH Support for Publishing Archaeology to the Web of Data

We interrupt our vacation for a short blog post. We are very pleased to report that the National Endowment for the Humanities just awarded a Digital Humanities Implementation grant to the Alexandria Archive Institute in support of our efforts to develop data publishing services with Open Context. In collaboration with a team of archaeologists working […]

Kenan Tepe’s Massive Dataset

We are very pleased to announce the online publication of the second installment of the Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project’s excavation data, images, and documentation. The Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project (UTARP), under the direction of Bradley J. Parker (University of Utah), was active in the Upper Tigris River Region of southeastern Turkey between 1998 […]

Part of the Web, not just on the Web

We’re really pleased to collaborate with some amazing people and projects that have a deep understanding and appreciation for the Web. The Pelagios project is working out some very low-barrier-to-entry approaches to share references to ancient places (curated by the Pleiades Gazetteer). Since place is such an important concept for ancient studies, shared notions of […]

Publishing Kenan Tepe with Open Context

We’re very pleased to announce the publication of a significant portion of the Kenan Tepe excavations. Excavations at Kenan Tepe, directed by Bradley Parker (University of Utah) and co-directed by Lynn Swartz Dodd (University of Southern California), represent part of the investigations of the  Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project (UTARP). UTARP organized major excavation and survey programs […]

Open Context Upgrade

For the most part, we’re able to upgrade and update Open Context without major disruption. Today, however, is an exception. We’ve made some significant updates to the data structure behind the site so that Open Context can better support additional query features, especially using standard units of measure. We’re also upgrading Apache-Solr (the software that […]

Open Context Data in GitHub

We’ve recently completed exporting the majority of the data from Open Context to GitHub. For most data in Open Context, we link directly into the GitHub repository where the version history of the XML representation can be seen. Here’s an example: A coin from Domuztepe (the GitHub link follows the thumbnails). GitHub is mainly a […]

Our Office of Science and Technology Policy Recommendations

Overview The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently issued a Request for Information welcoming comments and recommendations for ensuring long-term stewardship of, and broad public access to, digital data resulting from federally funded research. The Alexandria Archive Institute (AAI) commends the OSTP for further exploring this topic. The AAI (http://alexandriaarchive.org) is a non-profit […]