Ethics, Data, and North American Archaeology

The Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA) recognizes that ethics is a fundamental aspect of good scientific practice and cultural heritage stewardship. DINAA strives to develop practices based on the core values of collaboration with Indigenous peoples, and respect for Indigenous communities, their history, interests, and needs. We feel it is important to reaffirm […] Read More

DINAA Updates in 2019

DINAA currently documents 1,045,319 sites from 41 states, gathered either directly from agencies, through journal text-mining, or through links with museum collections and other online resources and repositories. DINAA holds annual workshops for researchers, museum and library representatives, tribal heritage experts, and data managers to help guide current and future work. The 2019 DINAA Workshop […] Read More

Networking Government Data to Navigate an Uncertain Future for the Past

A paper published today in the journal Antiquity highlights the value of protecting public records of scientific research. The paper, “Networking government data to navigate an uncertain future for the past”, discusses how to incorporate government records into broader civil society networks and ensure their long term preservation and widespread use, drawing on the example […] Read More

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 […] Read More

Upgrading Open Context

With summer wrapping up and a new fellowship about to begin, it’s time to share some updates about Open Context. Warning! Much of this post is pretty geeky. So if you don’t enjoy geeking out on the nitty-gritty of archaeological informatics issue, you’re welcome to move on to something else! I’m busy working with John […] Read More