Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation

An article in The Guardian (UK)—tip of the hat to Heather Baker—drew my attention to an Egyptological gem: the Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation website. This labor of love by a team led by Jaromir Malek of Oxford University, started in 1993 and finally in sight of the finish, “is ambitious in its scope but simple in […] Read More

Ubi Erat Lupa

VBI ERAT LVPA—in Latin, the letter “V” was used for both the “v” and the “u”—is an initiative of the Forschungsgesellschaft Wiener Stadtarchäologie (Austria) and is subtitled “Die Internet-Fährte der römischen Wölfin” or less mellifluous in English: “The Internet Tracks of the Roman She-Wolf.” “Ubi erat lupa” is of course Latin for “Where was the she-wolf”—this […] Read More

Opendig

Chuck Jones alerted me to a new initiative: opendig. I like their slogan: “Free your notes!” The intro states: “At opendig.org we are endeavoring to offer a place for any archaeological excavation to host their dig notes online. Imagine a place where you can search not only your own site for information, but also sites in […] Read More

CNI Spring 2010 meeting

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is currently holding its Spring Meeting in Baltimore. As usual, several of the speakers are of interest to us. When I was going through the schedule, these jumped out at me: M. Page (Emory University), “Mapping the Sanctuary of the Great Gods”: about an important Hellenic and pre-Hellenic religious […] Read More

Blind Report Writing Study Now Underway

Next weekend, three of our project participants will come together to undertake the “Blind Data Analysis and Report Writing Study.” Participants include practicing zooarchaeologists Justin Lev-Tov (Statistical Research, Inc.), Levent Atici (UNLV) and Sarah Whitcher Kansa (AAI). The aim of this study is to highlight the importance of publishing original datasets alongside syntheses, and most […] Read More

User Experience Study, Plans for Year 2: Focus Groups and Technology Refinement

In Year 1 of our study of user experience with archaeological data sharing, we brought together a group of representatives from various archaeological “communities.” Focusing on communities rather than on specific projects, we hoped to identify the vast diversity of needs and concerns related to sharing archaeological content online. Based on discussions and feedback in […] Read More