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Open access also means open for challenges

A recent report—thanks to Clifford Lynch via Melinda Burns—by Kathy English, The Longtail of News: To Unpublish or Not to Unpublish, draws attention to an old issue that is gaining new prominence: published content can be challenged but open-access and Google-indexed content brings even passages of material that was “obscure in practice” out into the […]

No, not Madonna the singer

An article in the Art Newspaper caught my attention with a “case study” in user experience. A lack of familiarity with the cultural context necessitated a much more vigorous and extensive investigation of museum visitors’ response to a planned exhibit than was assumed needed. Was this an exhibit, say, on the textiles of ancient Mali? […]

The West Bank and East Jerusalem Searchable Map

I’m happy to announce this year’s Open Archaeology Prize winner. This prize is annually awarded by a jury (in name of the Alexandria Archive Institute) to the best open-access, open-licensed, digital contribution to Near Eastern archaeology by an ASOR (American Schools of Oriental Research) member. The winning project, The West Bank and East Jerusalem Searchable Map, “includes […]

Failure to communicate

We all know how hard it is sometimes to communicate with colleagues and the public at large about our research… This, however, I hadn’t considered before: http://www.flickr.com/photos/xortch/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 No, that’s not my leg… Have a nice weekend!

UC Berkeley Collaborative Tools Strategy

In March, the Information Services and Technology group at the University of California, Berkeley produced a report, “UC Berkeley Collaborative Tools Strategy.” It is available online together with many supporting materials. Or you can get everything all at once in pdf format. Worth a look!

Archaeological Communities Online (Part 2)

In the 1st part of this post, I discussed the affiliation of archaeological communities by looking at their top domain names. I also gave some examples of different kinds of communities and related societies/associations. Today, I will share some thoughts about how these communities overlap, how they may be contained within larger organizations, etc. This […]

Archaeological Communities Online (Part 1)

Affiliation When you type in “archaeology” or “archeology” in Google search, you find a plethora of web sites and pages (25 million and counting) but who actually produces these? Which groups within the larger archaeological community produce online content? Do they overlap? Do they work together? Are they interlinked? Actually, a lot of these search […]

Tool Space

As we continue to digest the fruitful results of our kickoff workshop, one area of interest is which technologies our target audiences currently use and how that constructs their workflows. In one of our sessions we asked people to specifically enumerate the tools they use and so I thought it might be interesting to see […]

Open Context Testing Site

We’re just begining the monumental task of organizing and digesting the massive amount of documentation that came from the first Workshop in this project. During the workshop, I did a very quick demo of the revisions taking place on Open Context.  The site testing the new and improved Open Context is available at:  http://testing.opencontext.org/sets/ This […]

About the Project

This blog provides a space for discussion of specific strategies and methods to enhance access to, and usability of, primary archaeological research content. It reports on the progress and findings of a new NEH-funded project led by the Alexandria Archive Institute and the ISD Program at the School of Information at UC Berkeley, exploring user […]