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Digital Data and Archaeology: Management, Preservation and Publishing

University of Oxford
Rewley House 1 Wellington Square Oxford OX1 2JA

United Kingdom

Learning Objectives
The aim of this course is to improve participants’ knowledge and understanding of digital preservation and available archaeological digital resources, while also improving participants’ data management skills.

The course objectives are as follows:

1. To introduce the importance of digital preservation for the long term safety of archaeological data.
2. To provide practical guidance on how to prepare and curate digital data.
3. To provide practical guidance on how to deposit data and record events with the ADS using ADS-easy and OASIS tools.
4. To provide case study examples of online resources available for archaeological investigation.
5. To introduce open data and to provide guidance on data publishing for archaeology.
6. To introduce the use of linked data in archaeology.

Teaching outcomes
National Occupational Standards Contributes to the Performance criteria and Knowledge and Understanding requirements for AE5 Disseminate, deposit and archive data on the material remains and intangible heritage of past communities.
Training Fee
Fee options: Programme Fee: Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £360.00 Accommodation Single B&B (Mon 3 March 2014): £65.50 Catering Dinner & 2 Lunches (full meals): £41.50
Target Audience1
Managerial , Practical
Contact E-Mail
03 Mar 2014 09:30am - 04 Mar 2014 04:30pm

Through a series of presentations, practical sessions and group discussions, this course will explore the importance of digital preservation for the long term safety of archaeological data and provide practical guidance on how to prepare, curate, deposit and access digital data. The course will also provide guidance on data publishing online and introduce Linked Open Data for archaeology. The course is aimed primarily at archaeology data creators and data curators operating in national agency and local authority heritage environments. However this course will also be of benefit to professionals working in commercial, independent and research environments and to community groups utilising and creating archaeological data. The course will be of particular interest to those who maintain large data sets and need to efficiently manage, effectively preserve and provide access to their data for the future.

Digital material can be extremely fragile and ephemeral. With the volume of information that exists in digital form increasing rapidly, there is a growing awareness of the importance of digital preservation and effective data management. In particular archaeological information in digital form is often the only record of archaeological work which cannot subsequently be repeated, and therefore of particular importance in the development of the archaeological record. Access to digital data is also extremely important. If data is not accessible or findable it cannot be reused to contribute to future research. As a result digital accessibility and preservation is now a major concern for all institutions that deal with data. Research Councils are increasingly demanding that digital data be archived in a suitable repository and policy frameworks require that archaeological organizations and practitioners must institute good practices to ensure the long-term preservation of and access to digital data.

This course will provided data creators and curators with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to carry out digital preservation and data management. The course will do this by highlighting the importance of digital preservation and data standards in archaeology, introducing best practices for data creation and management, and interrogating case study examples of digital archives. This course will also provide attendees with knowledge of online tools for data deposition, information on how to publish data online, and an understanding of how to use Linked Open Data in archaeology.

Programme details
9.30 am Registration and coffee / tea
10.00 am Introduction
OUDCE, Katie Green, ADS and Duncan Brown, EH
10.15 am Digital Data and the Archaeological Record
Katie Green, ADS
11.00 am Current Issues in Archive Creation and Curation
Duncan Brown, EH
11.45 am Coffee / tea
12.15 am Tools for deposition: OASIS and ADS-easy
Katie Green, ADS
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Archive Access Practical
Duncan Brown, EH
3.00 pm Group Discussion
3.30 pm Tea / coffee
4.00pm Digital Preservation Standards
Katie Green, ADS
5.00 pm Round up and questions
5.30 pm Break
7.00 pm Dinner

9.00 am Recap of Day 1
Katie Green, ADS and Duncan Brown, EH
9.30 am Publishing Data on the Web: models and new directions
Judith Winters, Internet Archaeology
10.30 am Coffee / tea
11.00 am Exploring Online Data Publications
Judith Winters, Internet Archaeology
11.45 pm Discussion
12.00 pm Lunch
1.00 pm Introduction to Linked Open Data
Michael Charno, ADS
1.30 pm Linked Data Case Study: The Roman Amphora Project
Michael Charno, ADS
2.00 pm Coffee / tea
2.30 pm Vocabularies as Linked Data: SENESCHAL and
Keith May, EH
3.00 pm Linked Data Practical
Keith May, EH and Michael Charno, ADS
4.00 pm Discussion and Final Comments
4.30 pm Course disperses

1. Based on DPOE audience levels.

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