[Humanist] 25.497 events: open archaeology

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 497.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2011 18:22:14 +0000
        From: Nicole Smith <nes1g10 at soton.ac.uk>
        Subject: Open Content in Archaeology - CAA 2012 Session

Hi All,

Leif and I just wanted to draw your attention to this Computer applications
and quantitative methods in Archaeology 2012 conference session.  We
welcome all submissions, see the abstracts below.  If you are planning to
submit an abstract for the session, the deadline is at the end of this
month. See the CAA website for details:


Nicole Beale and Leif Isaksen


The Shoulders of Giants: Open Content in Archaeology

Chairs: Nicole Beale and Leif Isaksen

Open Content, while by no means a new concept, is increasingly being seen
as having a transformative impact on the Research and Higher Education
Communities.[1] Distinct from the Open Source and Open Standards
initiatives, Open Content is the online provision of actionable research
material under licenses that permit its reuse. It facilitates public
learning, the interconnection of resources, economic efficiency, and gives
rise to new lines of research.

A number of pioneering archaeological schemes (including the ADS,[2]
Arachne[3] and OpenContext[4]) have begun to make headway in this area, and
commercial units (especially in the UK) are playing an important role as
well. The evolving suite of Creative Commons licenses is also slowly
addressing important concerns related to copyright, IPR and Data
Protection. Nevertheless, Archaeology as a global discipline has woefully
inadequate provision of openly available data with the vast majority of
data kept technically, legally (and frequently physically) out of the hands
of those who could do something unanticipated and useful with it.

This session is intended to be a showcase and forum for projects and theory
related to the subject of Open Content in Archaeology. Topics of interests
include, but are not limited to:


*        New Open Content repositories and data sets

*        Interconnections between online data (including ‘Linked Open Data’)

*        Projects applying new analysis techniques to legacy data sets


*        Legal issues (licensing, national and international legal

*        Practical issues (acquisition, hosting, formatting, nighthawking,

*        Lessons learned (case studies)

Papers will be followed by a discussion of future action within this
important area of activity.

Note: This session is unrelated to this year’s CAA Open Content Prize which
will consider any viable paper submitted for consideration, regardless of
the session in which it is presented.

[1] http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2011-Technology-Outlook-UK.pdf

[2] http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/

[3] http://www.arachne.uni-koeln.de/

[4] http://opencontext.org/

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