Digging Up Data: Turning an Idea into Digital Scholarship invites applications for its 2024 cohort. Digging Up Data is a professional development and mentorship program for archaeologists, philologists, and art historians working on ongoing digital humanities projects centered around archaeology. Established jointly with Alexandria Archive Institute/Open Context and American Society of Overseas Research’s Early Career Scholars Committee, the program is now in its third consecutive year, building on the foundation of a 2021 pilot series of data literacy workshops shared on ASORtv.
Online workshops will be held on a semi-monthly basis from January through November 2024, hosted by program co-chairs Dr. Melissa Cradic and Dr. Elizabeth Knott, with guest faculty teaching a variety of digital humanities topics, tools, and resources. During the program year, participants are expected to develop a public-facing, engaging, data-driven digital project concerning some aspect of their research. Their work culminates in a workshop presentation at the annual ASOR meeting (virtual or in-person). Limited funding opportunities to support participation may be available, with priority given to early career researchers.
Participants in this selective program will have an opportunity to:
- practice basic skills around data literacy (e.g.: how to find and curate data; how to assess data quality; how to analyze data; how to create clear data visualizations; etc.).
- practice basic skills around digital storytelling (e.g.: how to write for public audiences; how to tell stories from different perspectives; how to assess the pros and cons of different digital tools and platforms; how to share and archive your digital stories; etc.).
- meet (virtually) several times throughout the upcoming year with other participants and program mentors to engage in conversations around data literacy and digital scholarship.
- work one-on-one with program mentors to develop professional skills that will be useful for both the academic and the professional job markets.
- draft proposals for digital projects that can serve as the framework for future grant applications.
- begin to build their digital projects.
- present some aspect of their work at the 2024 ASOR Annual Meeting (in person and/or virtually).
To apply, please complete the google form linked here. Applicants will be asked to:
- Briefly describe your experience working with material, collections, and/or archaeological data. (625 characters)
- Briefly describe your experience working with digital scholarship tools and platforms. (625 characters)
- Explain why you want to participate in this program, including the kinds of training you are most interested in. (1250 characters)
- Briefly describe the digital project you hope to undertake as a participant in this program. While we don’t expect applicants to have a fully drafted prospectus, we do want applicants to have some ideas. What data will you be working with? What kinds of analyses will you be performing? What form will your public-facing story take? (2500 characters)
- Upload a current C.V. or resume.
- Provide contact information for two professional references.
All skill levels are welcome. This program is open to graduate students, early career scholars, postdoctoral researchers, museum professionals, public archaeologists, and university faculty at all ranks and career stages.
**The application deadline has been extended!** Applications are due by 5:00pm Pacific on January 26th, 2024. For more information, please e-mail email@example.com.