The Alexandria Archive Institute is a non-profit technology company that preserves and shares world heritage on the Web, free of charge. Through advocacy, education, research, and technology programs like Open Context, we pioneer ways to open up archaeology and related fields for all.

Opening the Past, Inspiring the Future

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WHAT WE DO:

OPEN TECHNOLOGIES, ADVOCACY, RESEARCH & EDUCATION

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. Learn more about Open Context

In addition to Open Context, we actively contribute to several other collaborative initiatives, which are funded primarily by government and private foundation grants. Learn more about our other projects

IMPACTS

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. Learn more

COMMUNITY

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. Learn more

CONTRIBUTE

The AAI welcomes contributions of scholarly data, in-kind services, and financial donations. 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. Learn more

Support Our Programs

Your donation can help break down access barriers to global heritage and give future generations an enriching and meaningful past.

Help us open the past to new discoveries!

AAI News

AAI Receives Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grant

August 8, 2018

Today, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced $43.1 million in funding for 218 humanities projects, including an Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant for the AAI. The award to the AAI will support the expansion of archaeological data publishing and archiving […]

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New AAI Project Publications Address Digital Data Reuse in Archaeology

May 4, 2018

(Note: Cross-posted at Heritage Bytes) The latest issue of Advances in Archaeological Practice includes a special section with five papers on the theme of “Digital Data Reuse in Archaeology.” These are some of the first studies to move beyond data […]

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Networking Government Data to Navigate an Uncertain Future for the Past

April 25, 2018

A paper published today in the journal Antiquity highlights the value of protecting public records of scientific research. The paper, “Networking government data to navigate an uncertain future for the past”, discusses how to incorporate government records into broader civil […]

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