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Cotsen Friday Seminar Series: Data Sharing as Publication

by cquinto — last modified February 06, 2012 05:06 PM

"DATA SHARING AS PUBLICATION: MAKING A SILK PURSE OUT OF A SOW’S EAR" Sarah W. Kansa, Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Alexandria Archive Institute and Eric C. Kansa, Executive Director of the Information and Service Design Program at UC Berkley School of Information, Co-Founder and Former Executive Director of the Alexandria Archive Institute

When February 10, 2012
from 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Where Fowler Museum Bldg., Eleanor Deutsch Seminar Room
Contact Name Hannah Lau
Contact Email
Contact Phone 310-825-4169
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Archaeology, a discipline that often relies upon destructive methodologies, urgently needs to make data sharing and preservation an accepted norm. However, the realities of professional incentives and the lack of clear research outcomes based on shared data inhibit many from participating. This presentation will explore a model of “data sharing as publication” using examples from Open Context (http://opencontext.org), an open access data publication platform. Presenters Eric Kansa and Sarah Whitcher Kansa, archaeologists and open data evangelists, will discuss the challenges and benefits of publishing data on the web, including professional incentives, ethical issues, copyright concerns, and approaches to working with “messy” data. Finally, they will raise questions regarding how technology can shape understandings of the past. Does good data management require monolithic standardization and centralization? How will broad access to digital data impact the way we do research (methods, interpretations, and collaborations)?

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