Projects

New Data Sharing Project Focuses on Zooarchaeology of the Levant

We are happy to announce the kick-off of a large-scale data integration project, provisionally titled The Biometrical Database of Levantine Fauna. This project’s goal is to build up a massive body of openly-available zooarchaeological data from the Levant, with a specific focus on measurement data, in order to facilitate and improve research and instruction worldwide. […]

Project Spotlight: Virtual Valdivia

Open Context Project Spotlight by Hannah Lau The Virtual Valdivia Project is directed by Sarah M. Rowe as part of the NEH-funded Institute of Digital Archaeology Methods and Practice at Michigan State University (#MSUDAI). The goal of the project is to produce an online database of ceramics from the Valdivia culture from coastal Ecuador (4400 […]

Love Your Data Week: Data Rescue

This week is “Love Your Data Week“. The event organizers hope it will raise awareness for the need to better curate research data in order to encourage more collaboration, transparency, and reproducibility. However in the US, “Love your data week” comes during a major political crisis that threatens all of our data. Already, the Trump […]

NEH – Mellon Grant to Federico Buccellati

The Alexandria Archive Institute, the nonprofit organization behind Open Context, is very pleased to announce that Dr. Federico Buccellati will join us in 2017 as a Research Fellow, thanks to the generous support of his project by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Federico is the principal investigator […]

DINAA and the Federal Register

Thanks to recent grants, we have started on the next phase of development for the IMLS and NSF funded Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA) project. DINAA aims to aggregate datasets curated by US state government offices to build an open gazetteer of North American archaeological and historical sites. As we prepare additional state […]

New NSF Awards for DINAA!!

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Archaeology program awarded funds to expand the Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA), under the direction of David G. Anderson (University of Tennessee, Knoxville; NSF #1623621) and Joshua Wells (Indiana University South Bend; NSF #1623644). This new funding builds upon prior NSF support in 2012 and complements another 2016 […]

Open Context & Carleton Prize for Archaeological Visualization

Increasingly, archaeology data are being made available openly on the web. But what do these data show? How can we interrogate them? How can we visualize them? How can we re-use data visualizations? We’d like to know. This is why we have created the Open Context and Carleton University Prize for Archaeological Visualization and we […]

Open Context Upgrade Progress

Last summer, we launched a major programming effort to upgrade Open Context. The upgrade involves completely rewriting all of Open Context’s software so as to more efficiently scale Open Context and take advantage of technology standards that have emerged to prominence since our last major upgrade back in 2009-2011. We’ve now deployed the new version […]