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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


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