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PR-234235-16

Alexandria Archive Institute (San Francisco, CA 94127-2036)
Sarah Kansa (Project Director: 06/22/2015 to present)

Beyond Management: Data Curation as Scholarship in Archaeology

A longitudinal study of practices of creation, management, and re-use of archaeological data drawn from three geographical areas (Tunisia, England, and Peru) to investigate data quality and modeling requirements for re-use by a larger research community. The project would document workflows, create exemplary open datasets, launch a new publication service, and develop online educational modules.

Research data preservation and access has particular urgency in archaeology, a discipline grappling with financial constraints and an escalating pace of economically and politically motivated site destruction. This project builds upon prior investments in digital repository and data publishing services. Archiving alone is not sufficient for ensuring future understanding. Idiosyncratic and error-prone data collection practices impede future data analysis, integration, and interpretation. To open new understanding, intellectually and methodologically rigorous approaches to data management must underpin each stage of archaeological research, from a project's initial planning through archiving. Using systematic qualitative research, our team will investigate data quality and modeling requirements for the reuse of archaeological data by a wider research community. This work expands data publishing services to widen engagement in sharing and preserving a rich and meaningful past.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Research and Development

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$324,112 (approved)
$309,112 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2018