Open Access and Open Data in Archaeology: Following the ARIADNE thread
Author – Wright, Holly, Archaeology Data Service, York, United Kingdom
Co-author(s) – Richards, Julian, University of York, York, United Kingdom (Presenting author)
Co-author(s) – Siegmund, Frank, Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
Co-author(s) – Geser, Guntram, Salzburg Research, Salzburg, Austria
Topic – Theoretical and methodological perspectives in archaeology
Will the availability of open data change the nature of archaeological research and publication? Will it also impact the ways in which archaeologists engage with wider communities? The European Science Foundation and other leading European research-funders have declared their support for the “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities”: a far-reaching restructuring of scientific publishing in favour of open access that will take place before the end of the current decade. In parallel, the infrastructure necessary for open data is being created and the political pressure to use it will increase. Many areas of the humanities in Europe, including archaeology, still find this a difficult step to take. At present, the majority of highly renowned journals continue to be published in the traditional way, and research data are still generally unpublished. At the same time, the early adopters of open access and open data are still battling with the problems of how to implement it in practice. The EC Infrastructures funded ARIADNE project is working to bring together archaeological research data from across Europe, for use and re-use in new research. There are challenges, such as raising awareness about the available data, integrating datasets produced by very different projects and methodologies and various technologies. There are GIS, databases, 3D data, scientific datasets and more, all produced in a variety of languages, and all requiring differing approaches.This session is sponsored by the ARIADNE project, follows on from Barriers and opportunities: Open Access and Open Data in Archaeology at EAA 2015, and will provide further updates and overviews relating to open access and open data. We welcome papers from researchers, projects and publishers working with this issue.