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Wrote a short summary of the DINAA workshop with my collaborators on the project. 
We recently concluded a workshop for the DINAA project, held at the University of Tennessee (UT) Office of Research on March 19th and 20th. The workshop brought together more than 30 participants, including managers and researchers from universities and state and federal agencies across Eastern ...
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USER NEEDS STUDY (Sorry to cross-post / spam!)

If you have used digital data from ADS, tDAR, Open Context or another
archaeological repository or website, or plan to do so in the future,
we want to talk to you.

I'm working with Elizabeth Yakel, Ph.D. at the School of Information, University
of Michigan and Ixchel Faniel, Ph.D. from OCLC Research. We have
partnered with Eric Kansa, Ph.D. of Open Context for a study called
Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse (DIPIR).
This study explores how to facilitate reuse of digital data and
collections. The DIPIR study is being funded by the Institute of
Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to explore how to facilitate reuse
of digital data and collections (

We would like to interview you about the data you work with,
especially any data you have used or intend to use from a repository
or website (e.g., ADS, tDAR, Open Context, Cuneiform Digital Library,
museum and project specific web sites, Pleiades, Perseus Digital
Library, American Numismatic Society). We are particularly interested
in your attitudes toward and perceptions of data reuse in archaeology.

We are currently scheduling phone and face-to-face interviews.
Additionally, we will be at the American Schools of Oriental Research
meeting in November 2011 to conduct interviews. The interview will
last 1 hour and be audio taped. All information you provide will be
anonymized in any publications and your participation will be kept
confidential. Participants in the study will be compensated $25 for
their time.

Please email us at if you are willing to be interviewed.
dipir header. Home. Project Details. People. Sites. Publications. Bibliography. Contact Us. Project Description. Dissemination Information Packages (DIPS) for Information Reuse (DIPIR). DIPIR is an IM...
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Sorry to cross post on Twittter and Facebook with self-promoting blather, but...

The "Archaeology 2.0" book (with Ethan Watrall and Sarah Whitcher Kansa) is finished:
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Hi all,

In the United States, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (a Whitehouse office) recently issued a policy memo to require open access and open data to federally funded research outcomes. It's a different take on open access than the UK (with the Fitch Report).

Anyway, federal agencies that support research recently held a public comment meeting. The usual suspects (publishers, professional societies that have publication arms) are attempting to weaken or subvert the open access provisions. They are also attempting to weaken open data requirements, citing "sustainability" reasons. 

With Open Context, we submitted some policy recommendations summarized here:

Also here is a blog post discussing some of the problematic assumptions behind "sustainability" arguments:

If you're supportive of open access and open data in archaeology, we would appreciate it if you could contact the National Science Foundation and other agencies about the research value of more openness in archaeological dissemination. 

Today, Open Context's Eric Kansa spoke (via phone) at the meeting on Public Access to Federally-Supported Research and Development Data and Publications: Data, hosted by the National Research Council of the National Academies. The meeting, taking place May 16-17, is hearing invited and public ...
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Hi Eric - glad you could join us.   +Peter Suber  posted something interesting on this earlier, detailing who the usual suspects are and what their arguments against consist of - (
I for one am perhaps naively surprised by the situation. Publishers must have originally been motivated by the dissemination of information - and now when the most far reaching, cheapest and most convenient method for doing just that comes within easy reach of anyone with a net connection, they're resistant.
But are they resistant because the change means their model will come to an end, or are they resistant because they've yet to work out how to make the change and adapt their model?
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We're very happy to be working with a very talented group of researchers that have joined Open Context's Editorial Board. This Editorial Board will up us work to improve data quality and usability. See:
Open Context's Editorial Board. Open Context aims to make research data a valuable and valued aspect of scholarly communications, especially in archaeology. Its development is necessarily a long-t...
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Great list! 
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