Instructors: Francis P. McManamon and Leigh Anne Ellison
Modern archaeological investigations both produce and rely upon digital data: photographs taken in the field, GIS information, analytical and descriptive data sets, project reports, etc. These new data add to an existing, underutilized backlog of archaeological information, much of it in digital formats.
Without a well thought-out approach to data management, important information will be overlooked or lost because it is forgotten, misplaced, or damaged. Good digital data management requires attention to the means of data storage, aspects of archiving data, how data are to be preserved, and the curation of data so that it is discoverable, accessible, and usable. This workshop presents ways of managing digital data; ways to organize files economically and effectively; and tools and methods for integrating digital data management practice into academic research and CRM project procedures.
Participants are introduced to the types of digital data and information repositories that are available. Archaeologists, whether they work in CRM, for government agencies, or in academic positions, should use digital repositories to store, organize, and promote the results of their work. The workshop presents illustrative case studies from tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record). Participants are shown how to access and use resources in repositories and how to curate and manage CRM reports, data sets, photographs, geospatial files, and other archaeologically relevant digital resources.
Participants should bring a laptop computer with wireless capability and a digital file (such as a report, dissertation, small set of images, data set, etc.) to upload to tDAR during the hands-on portion of the workshop. As part of the workshop cost, participants will receive a copy of Caring for Digital Data in Archaeology: A Guide to Good Practice.