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




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


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


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


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

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

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AAI News

Icing on the Cake: Lessons from the 2023 NADAC Summer Workshop

August 23, 2023

This summer, the NADAC team welcomed Scholars to the project’s first in-person workshop, held July 24-28 at the Badè Museum of Archaeology on the campus of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Anticipation was high after four months of […]

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IMLS Grant Supports FAIR+CARE Cultural Heritage Network

August 2, 2023

This week, the AAI/Open Context and colleagues are launching a new project with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. Advancing FAIR+CARE Practices in Cultural Heritage is a 3-year project co-directed by Sarah […]

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