Defining and advocating open data in archaeology

Stefano Costa*, Anthony Beck, Andrew Bevan, Jessica Ogden, Graeme Earl (Editor), Tim Sly (Editor), Chrysanthi Angeliki (Editor), Patricia Murrieta-Flores (Editor), Constantinos Papadopoulos (Editor), Iza Romanowska (Editor), David Wheatley (Editor)

*Corresponding author for this work

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A piece of content or data is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it - subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share-alike" ( Driven by demands for greater transparency from government, general freedom of information and an increased awareness of the unanticipated re-use values of existing information, Open Data has seen dramatic growth in the past two years. Is archaeology part of this general trend? Our aim is to explore what it means to make archaeological data open and what processes are required to make it happen in a satisfactory way. There are three major goals: (a) individual and institutional advocacy, (b) ethical discussion and consensus- building, and (c) knowledge transfer (licenses guidance, wider academic context, repositories etc.). In this paper, we explore some of these issues in greater detail.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchaeology in the Digital Era
Subtitle of host publicationPapers from the 40th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Southampton, 26-29 March 2012
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
ISBN (Print)9789089646637
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventComputer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) 2012 - University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Mar 201230 Mar 2012


ConferenceComputer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) 2012
Abbreviated titleCAA2012
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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