Archaeological knowledge curation workshop

ARIADNE workshop: Digital approaches to archaeological knowledge curation

13 – 16 June 2016, Athens, Greece

Organizer: Digital Curation Unit-IMIS, Athena Research Centre (DCU)

Co-organizers: Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto & Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business

The workshop is the first module of a summer school on Digital curation of archaeological knowledge: New approaches to digital research, information management and communication in archaeology, organized as part of the activities of ARIADNE, the Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Dataset Networking in Europe. It is open to postgraduates, PhD students, academic researchers and professional archaeologists interested in the use of digital methods and approaches for the digital curation of archaeological knowledge, as it is manifested in pre-existing archaeological data, resources and archives. It involves an international faculty, including participants from the Digital Curation Unit, as well as Greek, European and North American universities.

The workshop will enable researchers and professionals in the knowledge domains of archaeology, information and archival science, museums and cultural heritage management to engage with current and emerging approaches to the digital curation of archaeological knowledge. Archaeologists, stewards of archaeological resources, museum and cultural heritage professionals increasingly face the challenge of having to build upon valuable pre-existing archaeological knowledge, found in past excavation data and archives, commercial archaeology reports, archaeological museum collections, corpora and gazetteers, historical and ethnographic testimonies, grey literature, and diverse kinds of representations of archaeological realities. Such knowledge is often based on resources which are partially documented, uncurated, or generally lacking adequate documentation about their content and context. The emergence of organized digital infrastructures in archaeology, in tandem with the increasing use of pervasive digital networks, media and tools in archaeology, brings new challenges and opportunities for the future use of archaeological information.

Updated information on the programme, venue and other relevant information can be found at the 2016 summer school website . Those interested to participate should apply via Eventbrite at  Places are limited.

The summer school receives funding from the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2012-1-313193 (ARIADNE).

Announcing the 2016 ARIADNE Athens summer school

Digital curation of archaeological knowledge

ARIADNE summer school, 12 – 17 June 2016, Athens, Greece

Organized by the Digital Curation Unit, IMIS – Athena Research Centre
Co-organized with the Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto
and the Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business

Following the success of the 2015 ARIADNE summer school on Emerging digital approaches to archaeological research, the Digital Curation Unit-IMIS, Athena Research Centre (DCU) organizes a summer school focusing on the Digital curation of archaeological knowledge, as an ARIADNE Transnational Access (TNA) activity. The summer school, which is co-organized with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information (iSchool) and the Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business, will take place in Athens, Greece, between 12 and 17 June 2016. It leverages the work of the ARIADNE project to unlock future possibilities towards the effective discovery, integration, enrichment and reuse of pre-existing data and resources useful for archaeological research, management and interpretation, afforded by digital tools and services such as the ARIADNE registry of archaeological datasets, controlled vocabularies and metadata schemas, and by methodological knowledge on digital curation, semantic modeling and enrichment of archaeological data. The summer school will draw primarily from the direct research experience and interests of participants on issues as diverse as the data modeling and reuse of pre-existing archaeological and historical evidence, its integration with scholarly and local knowledge, its applicability in the case of digital models and scientific data, the impact of open and community archaeology practices, as well as of global, networked and cloud information infrastructures, on the formation of the digital archaeological record.