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CHA-261908-19
Expanding and Sustaining an Open Future for the Past: Data Literacy and Community-Building in Digital Heritage
Sarah Kansa, Alexandria Archive Institute, Inc.

Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=CHA-261908-19

Two New Data Literacy Postdoctoral Researcher Positions (Staff/Faculty/Fellow Position)
Name: Two New Data Literacy Postdoctoral Researcher Positions
Abstract: We are delighted to introduce two individuals who are joining the AAI / Open Context team to lead our Data Literacy Program, a new undertaking supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Data Literacy Program aims to widen and diversify uses of cultural heritage data by crafting open access “data stories” backed by deeper layers of open and reproducible analytic and visualization code, as well as primary research data. The postdoctoral researchers bring their individual expertise and diverse backgrounds to this new, multi-year collaboration building data stories and scaffolding to guide professionals, students, and lifelong learners in thoughtful engagement with research data.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://alexandriaarchive.org/2020/10/21/aai-open-context-welcomes-two-new-postdoctoral-researchers/
Primary URL Description: AAI news announcement of two new postdoctoral researchers joining the team.

Designing, Timing, and Determining the Feasibility of Curatorial Interventions to Support Data Reuse (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Designing, Timing, and Determining the Feasibility of Curatorial Interventions to Support Data Reuse
Abstract: This webinar, organized and hosted by OCLC Research, explored how data production, sharing, and curation practices facilitate and inhibit data reuse and to discuss the design, timing, and feasibility of curatorial interventions that enable the smooth flow of data throughout the lifecycle.
Author: Sarah Whitcher Kansa
Author: Elizabeth Yakel
Date: 10/31/2019
Location: Online webinar
Primary URL: https://www.oclc.org/research/events/2019/103119-designing-timingdetermining- curatorial-interventions-data-reuse.html
Primary URL Description: 57-minute video

Best Practices for Digital Scholarship (Year 1: Networking and publishing) (Conference/Institute/Seminar)
Title: Best Practices for Digital Scholarship (Year 1: Networking and publishing)
Author: Sarah Whitcher Kansa
Author: Charles E. Jones
Abstract: Best Practices for Digital Scholarship is a 3-year session co-organized by Sarah Whitcher Kansa (AAI / Open Context) and Charles E. Jones (Pennsylvania State University Libraries) for the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) annual meeting. Year 1 theme: Networking and publishing: navigating social media, conventional publishing, and digital dissemination services.
Date Range: November 2019
Location: San Diego, CA

Digital Data and Data Literacy in Archaeology Now and in the New Decade (Article)
Title: Digital Data and Data Literacy in Archaeology Now and in the New Decade
Author: Eric C. Kansa
Author: Sarah Whitcher Kansa
Abstract: Digital data play an increasingly important role in how we understand the present and the past. The challenges inherent in understanding and using digital data are as intellectually demanding as any other archaeological research endeavor. For these reasons, data management cannot be regarded as a simple compliance or technical issue. For data to be meaningfully preserved and used in intellectually rigorous ways, they need to be integrated fully into all aspects of archaeological practice, including ethics, teaching, and publishing. In this review, we highlight some of the significant and multifaceted challenges involved in managing data, including documentation, training, methodology, data modeling, trust, and ethical concerns. We then focus on the importance of building data literacy broadly among archaeologists so that we can manage and communicate the data our discipline creates. This involves more than learning to use a new tool or finding a data manager for one's excavation or survey. Long-term, responsible stewardship of data requires understanding the workflows and human roles in data management. Putting effort now into thoughtful data management and broad data-literacy training means we will be able to make the most of the “bigger” data that archaeologists now produce. An important aspect of this reorientation will be to look beyond the boundaries of our own research projects and information systems. Future research, teaching, and public engagement needs will also compel us to explore how our data articulates with wider contexts—within and beyond our discipline.
Year: 2021
Primary URL: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/6635n1sh
Primary URL Description: Paper archived in the University of California's eScholarship system.
Access Model: Open access
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Advances in Archaeological Practice
Publisher: Society for American Archaeology

New Position- Director of Strategic Partnerships (Staff/Faculty/Fellow Position)
Name: New Position- Director of Strategic Partnerships
Abstract: We are very happy to welcome Dr. Leigh Anne Lieberman to the AAI / Open Context team as Director of Strategic Partnerships! This is a new position created with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and matching funds from the AAI’s ongoing NEH Challenge Grant. In her role with the AAI / Open Context, Leigh will be building institutional partnerships with libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage organizations in order to develop sustainable initiatives.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://alexandriaarchive.org/2021/01/05/aai-open-context-welcomes-director-of-strategic-partnerships/
Primary URL Description: Announcement of new hire on the AAI news page.

Best Practices for Digital Scholarship (Year 2: Integrating Specialist Data with Excavation Data) (Conference/Institute/Seminar)
Title: Best Practices for Digital Scholarship (Year 2: Integrating Specialist Data with Excavation Data)
Author: Charles Jones (Penn State University) and Sarah Whitcher Kansa (AAI / Open Context), co-organizers
Abstract: The second year of this session focuses on the challenges and approaches to integrating specialist data with excavation data. As specialist analysis often takes place at a different time and location than the excavation project, the data they produce can easily become "siloed". Speakers will include both specialists (zooarchaeology, plants, ceramics) and excavation directors in order to gain perspectives from excavation and post-excavation settings on the pitfalls of data silos and ways to avoid creating them. (1) How do excavation directors incorporate specialist data into their project databases? (2) What kinds of negotiations occur between directors and specialists to ensure that data are analyzed in a timely manner? (3) What key information do specialists need from excavations in order to create meaningful data? This session is in the format of a workshop in order to promote discussion among panelists and the audience.
Date Range: November 2020
Location: American Schools of Oriental Research annual conference (online)

Digital Cultural Heritage at the Alexandria Archive Institute and Open Context (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Digital Cultural Heritage at the Alexandria Archive Institute and Open Context
Abstract: Interview and discussion with the AAI / Open Context team to discuss our new programs with a live digital audience of approximately 500 historians, history students, and members of the interested public (hosted by the International History Students & Historians Group (IHSHG)).
Author: AAI / Open Context team
Date: 02/04/2021
Location: Online
Primary URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpoVjQQHIaE
Primary URL Description: Video on the IHSHG's YouTube channel

Best Practices for Digital Scholarship (Year 3: Perspectives on Publishing Digital Content) (Conference/Institute/Seminar)
Title: Best Practices for Digital Scholarship (Year 3: Perspectives on Publishing Digital Content)
Author: Charles Jones (Penn State University) and Sarah Whitcher Kansa (AAI / Open Context), co-organizers
Abstract: In this forum, panelists discuss the opportunities and challenges in publishing digital content, including coordinating the dissemination of vast amounts of digital data, linking data within projects and across projects, citing digital content, and gaining professional recognition for digital publications. Panelists include data creators and publishers who will share their visions for the future of archaeological publishing. Chairs: Sarah W. Kansa, AAI / Open Context & Charles E. Jones, The Pennsylvania State University Panelists: Digital Practices, Workflows, and Scholar-Led Publishing William Caraher, The University of North Dakota, Grand Forks,ND, USA Public Access to Digital Content in Small University Museums Lissette M,Jimenez, San Francisco State University,San Francisco, CA, USA Publishing Digital Content as an Early Career Researcher Kevin Garstki, University of Wisconsin -Oshkosh,Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA Integrating Digital Archaeological Data with Conventional Publications, Sarah W,Kansa AAI / Open Context,San Francisco, CA, USA Making the Museum Accessible,from Artifacts to , Archives Kiersten NeumannOriental Institute,University of Chicago, Chicago,IL, USA Database as Dig Report:Exploring the Possibilities Jennie Ebeling, University of Evansville,Evansville,IN, USA
Date Range: Nov 17-20, 2021
Location: American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR), Chicago, IL
Primary URL: https://www.asor.org/am/2021/schedule-2021
Primary URL Description: ASOR 2021 annual meeting schedule

Sustaining Open Data: Lessons from Open Context (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Sustaining Open Data: Lessons from Open Context
Author: Sarah Whitcher Kansa
Abstract: In this interview, Sarah Whitcher Kansa, Executive Editor of Open Context, discusses the development of Open Context and aspects of its approach to data publishing. Open Context’s granular approach to data means that each item resolves to its own unique URL and is linkable to related data from across the Web. This “one URL per pot sherd” facilitates research by allowing people to cite specific items in a database and recognizes the individual contributions of authors who described or analyzed specific items. Recognizing there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to data archiving and dissemination in archaeology, Open Context has taken a bottom-up approach, developing new functionality to meet the demands of data authors over time. Open Context’s team works with data authors to clean and decode their data and add descriptive information about the intellectual context of the data creation. This additional work, along with annotating datasets to facilitate linked open data, ensures that data are more intelligible and useful to future users. Kansa also discusses the importance of supporting innovation and exploration in the growing ecosystem of data sharing and archiving, highlighting how the success of related programs benefit Open Context. She concludes by discussing the benefits of broadening the community of people who engage with datasets through improved data literacy and storytelling.
Date: 9/1/2020
Primary URL: https://www.hadw-bw.de/en/research/research-center/roceeh
Conference Name: Human Origins - Digital Future conference hosted by ROCEEH

Cleaning and Curating Open Data for Archaeology (Radio/Audio Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Cleaning and Curating Open Data for Archaeology
Producer: The Data Engineering Podcast
Abstract: Archaeologists collect and create a variety of data as part of their research and exploration. Open Context is a platform for cleaning, curating, and sharing this data. In this episode Eric Kansa describes how they process, clean, and normalize the data that they host, the challenges that they face with scaling ETL processes which require domain specific knowledge, and how the information contained in connections that they expose is being used for interesting projects.
Date: 2/4/19
Primary URL: https://www.dataengineeringpodcast.com/open-context-open-data-platform-episode-68/
Format: Web

Digital Data Literacy in Archaeology (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Digital Data Literacy in Archaeology
Author: Paulina Przystupa
Author: L. Meghan Dennis
Abstract: Paper presented at the first "Teaching and Learning in Archaeology and Heritage" Conference
Date: 9/15/2021
Primary URL: https://alexandriaarchive.org/2021/09/09/archaeological-data-literacy-the-teaching-and-learning-in-archaeology-and-heritage-conference/
Primary URL Description: Conference announcement on the AAI website.
Conference Name: Teaching and Learning in Archaeology and Heritage

Let’s make a data story: How to create a public-facing data-driven archaeology narrative (Conference/Institute/Seminar)
Title: Let’s make a data story: How to create a public-facing data-driven archaeology narrative
Author: Leigh Lieberman
Author: L. Meghan Dennis
Author: Paulina Przstupa
Author: Eric Kansa
Author: Sarah Whitcher Kansa
Abstract: Workshop at the annual Archaeological Institute of America conference "Let’s make a data story: How to create a public-facing data-driven archaeology narrative" explored two themes—data-driven digital storytelling and public scholarship—aimed at improving participants’ data-driven narrative skills and develop their ability to share academic research with diverse audiences. The workshop also introduced participants to the benefits of sharing and utilizing linked open data (LOD), building on ongoing discussions about ethical best data practices and standards. Workshops of this type are significant to the discipline as they provide participants interested in careers inside and outside of the academy, as well as those interested in teaching current students, an opportunity to cultivate new skills.
Date Range: 1/6/2022
Location: Virtual workshop
Primary URL: https://alexandriaarchive.org/2022/01/04/aiascs-workshop/


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