OCLC Research joins colleagues from Stanford University, the University of Michigan and the Institute for Field Research (IFR) in assisting the Alexandria Archive Institute (AAI) on a three-year data modeling and reuse project that has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
This longitudinal study of archaeological data creation, management and reuse practices in three geographical areas (North Africa, Europe, and South America) will investigate data quality and modeling requirements for reuse by a larger research community. The project, which launched 1 January 2016, will improve the quality of information collected during archaeological excavations across the globe, preserve this information, and share it with the public. Outcomes include exemplary open datasets, an expansion of Open Context’s data publishing services, and online educational modules. By funding this project, the NEH is showing a strong commitment to making quality humanistic research more accessible to the public.
The Alexandria Archive Institute is a non-profit entity that supports research and development to enhance scholarly communications and instruction through innovative use of the Web through Web-based publication with a focus on primary data—information that rarely sees dissemination.
OCLC Research is collaborating with project partners share outcomes that consider the entire data lifecycle when developing approaches to align data creation and field management practices with preservation, dissemination, and reuse requirements. As a co-investigator on the project, Research Scientist Ixchel Faniel, Ph.D. is working with the team to interview and observe archaeologists doing field work in the three geographical areas and archaeologists interested in reusing data from those areas.
See the AAI news release for more information about this project.