Data publications

Lessons in Data Reuse, Integration, and Publication

On April 17, members of the Central and Western Anatolian Neolithic Working Group met at Kiel University to participate in the International Open Workshop: Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 12,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes III. Working group participants presented their hot-off-the-press analyses of various aspects of integrated faunal datasets from over one dozen Anatolian […]

Decoding Data- A View from the Trenches

This has been a busy data month for me, as I prepare zooarchaeological datasets for publication for a major data sharing project supported by the Encyclopedia of Life Computable Data Challenge award. The majority of my time has been spent decoding datasets, so I’ve had many quiet hours to mull over data publishing workflows. I’ve […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Open Context’s Editorial Board

Open Context aims to make research data a valuable and valued aspect of scholarly communications, especially in archaeology. Its development is necessarily a long-term project because it requires inventing a host of new work-flows that can mesh with the realities of the professional lives of researchers. Researchers face tremendous time pressures. This makes them generally […]

Archaeobotanical Database in Tübingen

Scholars at the University of Tübingen in Germany are “investigat[ing] the development of prehistoric wild plant floras of the Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean. The geographic area … represented in the data, includes Greece, Turkey, Western Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, and Northern Egypt. The chronological frame comprises the Chalcolithic period, Bronze and […]

New Data Publication in Open Context: Khirbat al-Mudayna al-‘Aliya

Interested in the archaeology of Jordan? Check out hot-off-the-press data from Khirbat al-Mudayna al-‘Aliya, an early Iron Age settlement in a semi-arid zone of west-central Jordan (co-directed by Bruce Routledge and Benjamin Porter). Start with the project overview and then move on to browse around the project data. A highlight of this project is the […]