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The Alexandria Archive Institute and Open Context

The AAI runs Open Context, a digital library-backed system for Web-based publication of research data. Open Context enables publication, access, and reuse of editorially-reviewed data and media from archaeology and related disciplines. (More)

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The AAI is a non-profit organization that works to make research into the human past part of a more open, participatory future. We develop Web technologies to help researchers share evidence and insights about archaeology and related fields. Our projects align professional incentives and practices toward greater openness in research. We emphasize collaboration, and work with other organizations to improve global access to knowledge.


The AAI supports a range of projects that work toward our mission of enhancing scholarship through use of the Open Web. The primary focus of our work is Open Context, an open access, Web-based publication system for archaeology and other field sciences. In addition to Open Context, we actively contribute to several other collaborative initiatives, which are funded primarily by government and private foundation grants.


Twenty-first century research must make data sharing a regular part of scholarly life. Data sharing improves transparency, reduces duplication of effort, and opens new horizons for both public participation and large scale multidisciplinary inquiry. Our work is targeted at promoting greater breadth and depth of understanding through sharing the richly documented primary data collected by researchers in an accessible online format.


Our news page provides AAI-related announcements and updates as well as news from the Open Context blog Heritage Bytes, and the Society for American Archaeology's Digital Data Interest Group.


The Alexandria Archive Institute's projects thrive in a growing ecosystem of Open Web initiatives aimed at promoting research and instruction. Our projects contribute to the vibrancy and growth of that ecosystem. We actively work to promote participation by students, researchers, and the public in building more open and inclusive approaches to understanding our origins and historical achievements.


The AAI welcomes contributions of scholarly data, in-kind services, and financial donations. Visit this page to learn more about publishing data in Open Context or adding or linking content to another of the projects we support. Please also consider making a 100% tax-deductible gift to the AAI to support our ongoing programs or to help advance a specific project.