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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 […]

An Open Education Week Tribute to Open Data

This week (March 5-10) is Open Education Week, raising awareness of the open education movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Today, over 200 universities worldwide put open educational content online—a concept that was only in its infancy a decade ago. The Open Education movement has been spurred by support from such organizations […]

Archaeology 2.0 Book Update

The “dead tree” version of Archaeology 2.0: New Approaches to Communication and Collaboration is now available for purchase (only $39.95!) from the David Brown Book Company. A bound book is a tried and true technology and we’re very happy to see the book in print! As a bonus, we’ve put an Easter egg in the […]

Data Journals at 2011 DLF Forum

The Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum will take place in Baltimore next week (October 31 – November 1). Eric Kansa will present a poster (1MB PDF) about developing a data journal for archaeology to help set, communicate, and maintain quality of datasets relevant to a given theme or discipline. This represents a collaboration between the […]

Open Access Week Presentation

A big thanks to the University of Arizona Libraries for their kind invitation to speak at their Open Access Week events. I joined Victoria Stodden who talked about reproducibility of research and Steve Koch who talked about integrating open science in instruction and his research activities (including a great example of collaboration mediated by YouTube, […]

The Walters Art Museum and Creative Commons

From AWOL: The Walters Art Museum announced this week that it has removed copyright restrictions from more than 10,000 Images.  Those images are now licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) Collections at the Walters relating to antiquity include: Art of the Ancient Americas Art of Ancient Egypt and Nubia Art of Ancient Greece […]

Open Context and CDL “Data Journals”

We’ve been working to develop a model of “data sharing as publication” in our work with Open Context. In our view, publication helps communicate some of the need for quality and standards alignment that makes effective data dissemination something more formal than implied by the term “sharing.” We’re definitely not alone in this assessment, and […]

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 […]