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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

(DRAFT) Recommendations to the Office of Science and Technology Policy

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently issued a Request for Information (RFI) welcoming comments and recommendations for ensuring long-term stewardship of, and broad public access to, digital data resulting from federally funded research. Our main recommendations are below. We also provided answers to the specific questions listed in the RFI. The full […]

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, […]