Archaeology Icon Salon

A collaborative design event producing archaeology-related symbols for the public domain On May 23, the AAI will host the first-ever Archaeology Icon Salon—a facilitated design session where event participants generate icons and symbols that visually convey concepts frequently needed in archaeology. The event will inform developments to Open Context by using visual design strategies to […]

Part of the Web, not just on the Web

We’re really pleased to collaborate with some amazing people and projects that have a deep understanding and appreciation for the Web. The Pelagios project is working out some very low-barrier-to-entry approaches to share references to ancient places (curated by the Pleiades Gazetteer). Since place is such an important concept for ancient studies, shared notions of […]

Open Context’s Editorial Policies & Author Guidelines

Wondering how to publish your data with Open Context? We have news for you! With help from our Editorial Board, we have released the first version of Open Context’s Editorial Policies & Author Guidelines. This document contains essential information about publishing with Open Context, including: Open Context’s open access and copyright policies, what you should […]

Publication on Data Reuse, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

We’re delighted to announce the publication of “Other People’s Data: A Demonstration of the Imperative of Publishing Primary Data” in the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. The lead author is Prof. Levent Atici (UNLV), a member of the Open Context Editorial Board. The “online first” version of the paper can be accessed here. The […]

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 […]