BoneCommons is an ICAZ-sponsored project developed by the Alexandria Archive Institute. Launched in May 2006, BoneCommons facilitates discussion and contact between zooarchaeologists worldwide by offering forums where ICAZ members can post papers, images, teaching resources, questions and comments.
Goals of BoneCommons:
Provide a virtual place where archaeozoologists worldwide can “meet” to share their work, ask questions, announce new developments in the field, and have continuing discussions around member-posed topics.
Enhance scholarly communication by enabling richer discussion and peer evaluation of conference presentations. BoneCommons enables conference participants to review presentations and engage in discussions long after the physical meeting is over.
Experiment with open access and open licensing to enhance the value of scholaraly communication by making content easier to find, reproduce, share, evaluate, and incorporate into future scholarly works and educational resources.
Invite a broader and more diverse community to explore zooarchaeological scholarship via the Internet. Opening access to our work will help zooarchaeologists engage with the public and more widely demonstrate the contributaions and value of archaeological scholarship.
(by Sarah Whitcher Kansa and Eric Kansa) (Download either a
PDF of the paper published in The SAA Archaeological Record
from ICAZ 2010 conference
(by Sarah Whitcher Kansa and Francis Deblauwe) discusses the use of BoneCommons in the communication workflows of zooarchaeologists