Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management (CRM) in general rely heavily on digital data: photographs taken in the field, GIS information, analytical and descriptive data sets, project reports and other documents, increasingly in digital formats, etc.
Without a well thought-out approach to data management and insights about how digital data can be used to best advantage, important information will be overlooked or lost because it is damaged, forgotten, inadvertently left inaccessible, or misplaced. Good digital data management requires attention to how and why data are created, file formats, the means of data storage, digital curation (i.e., activities related to data discoverability, accessibility, and use), and how data are preserved for future use. This online seminar describes the legal foundation in the US for digital data management and curation and explores the practical aspects of good data management, including how to organize data produced during the life of a project and what tools and methods investigators can use as part of their existing projects and workflows to ensure data are prepared for easy archiving, preservation, and accessibility once a project is complete. The presentation will address strategies CRM firms can use to best manage their own digital content, as well as methods to ensure appropriate digital curation is economically and efficiently achieved when called for in an RFP or SOW. The ways that CRM firms can market and promote their own quality work through digital preservation also is addressed.
The expert providers for this webinar, Frank McManamon and Leigh Anne Ellison, are professional archaeologists with the Center for Digital Antiquity. They operate tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record) a professional, domain-focused digital repository broadly available for archiving and curation of archaeological and cultural heritage materials. They have worked with a range of professional archaeologists, public agencies at all levels of government, private CRM firms, cultural resource managers, and historic preservationists to organize, preserve, and make accessible their digital data.
Note: This webinar will occur on Eastern Time