Networking Archaeological Data
and Communities

An NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Institute Format

Networking Archaeological Data and Communities is organized around four semesters devoted to specific themes: The Data Management Lifecycle (Spring 2023), Data for Professional Communication (Fall 2023), Data for Diverse Publics (Spring 2024), and Data for the Classroom (Fall 2024). Each semester includes three or four online, synchronous workshops, scheduled on Saturdays from 10:30am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 3:30pm eastern time. Participants will be asked to complete a bit of preparatory work before each workshop, which will itself consist of faculty-led lectures and learning activities that contribute towards individual and collective outcomes.

In addition to these online workshops, members of the Core Team will host two, in-person, multi-day summer programs (July 25 - 28, 2023 and July 23 - 26, 2024) at the Archaeological Research Facility at UC Berkeley. These programs will offer participants opportunities for in person collaboration, learning, and networking with other institute participants and members of the institute's Core Team. Furthermore, these programs will help cultivate a sense of community and accountability among participants.

Between the time spent in the online workshops and the in-person summer programs, participants, Faculty, and Core Team members will be encouraged to keep the conversation going on the AAI/OC's Discord server. Moreover, at the conclusion of our formal curriculum, in Spring and Summer 2025, members of the Core Team, Advisors, and Faculty will finalize and publish the Data Literacy for Archaeologists Practice Guide and will support participants as they finish up and share their individual projects.

Curriculum

Last updated: September 2022

Please note that the curriculum that follows is tentative; both schedule and scope are subject to change at the discretion of the Program Director or the members of the Faculty. To download this curriculum as a pdf, click here.

The Data Management Lifecycle

January - April 2023

January 21, 2023
10:30am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern

Faculty
Michelle Lefebvre
Leigh Anne Lieberman (Facilitator)
Paulina F. Przystupa

Bibliography
Kansa, S. W., L. Atici, E. C. Kansa, and R. H. Meadow (2020) “Archaeological Analysis in the Information Age: Guidelines for Maximizing the Reach, Comprehensiveness, and Longevity of Data.” Advances in Archaeological Practice, 8 (1), 40-52. https://doi.org/10.1017/aap.2019.36.

Participant Outcomes
- Familiarity with attributes of data quality, including unique identifiers, controlled vocabulary, appropriate documentation, etc.

- Experience finding and evaluating open archaeological data in online repositories.

- Experience cleaning messy data with a program like OpenRefine.

Collective Outcomes
- Annotated samples of clean archaeological data sets.

February 11, 2023
10:30am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern

Faculty
Anne Austin
Sarah Whitcher Kansa
Leigh Anne Lieberman (Facilitator)

Bibliography
White, R. (2009) “Data Collection by Excavation.” The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology, eds. C. Gosden, B. Cunliffe, and R. A. Joyce. New York City, NY: Oxford University Press.

Participant Outcomes
- Understanding of the ways that paper or digital data collection forms guide the types of data that are collected.

- Create paper and/or digital data collection forms for individual research projects that incorporate attributes of data quality.

Collective Outcomes
Annotated samples of paper and digital data collection forms for multiple aspects of archaeological field work (e.g.: excavation, survey, flotation, materials analysis, etc.)

March 18, 2023
10:30am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern

Faculty
Anne Hunnell Chen
Sarah Whitcher Kansa (Facilitator)
Leigh Anne Lieberman

Bibliography
TBD

Participant Outcomes
Understanding of the ways that legacy projects are distinct from field projects with respect to data curation and management.

- If applicable: outline a feasible, short-term proof of concept for individual research projects.

Collective Outcomes
- Annotated samples of legacy project workflows.

April 15, 2023
10:30am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern

Faculty
Ixchel M. Faniel
Eric Kansa
Leigh Anne Lieberman (Facilitator)

Bibliography
Faniel, I.M., A. Austin, E. C. Kansa, S. W. Kansa, P. France, J. Jacobs, R. Boytner, and E. Yakel (2018) “Beyond the archive: bridging data creation and reuse in archaeology.” Advances in Archaeological Practice, 6(2), 105-116.

Participant Outcomes
- Familiarity with the attributes of a good data management plan.

- Identification of a model for individual research projects’ data management plan.

Collective Outcomes
Annotated samples of data management plans for archaeological research projects.

Networking Data

July 25 - 28, 2023

Data for Professional Communication

September - November 2023

September 16, 2023
10:30am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern

Faculty
L. Meghan Dennis
Eric Kansa
Leigh Anne Lieberman (Facilitator)

Bibliography
Dennis, L. M. (2020) “Digital archaeological ethics: Successes and failures in disciplinary attention.” Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology, 3(1).

Participant Outcomes
- Familiarity with FAIR and CARE principles.

- Comprehensive working list of the ways in which individual research projects will put FAIR and CARE principles into practice.

Collective Outcomes
- Compilation of approaches where data-driven archaeological research and public engagement projects can align practices with FAIR and CARE principles.

October 21, 2023
10:30am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern

Faculty
William Caraher
Sarah Herr
Leigh Anne Lieberman (Facilitator)

Bibliography
Caraher, W. (2019) “Collaborative Digital Publishing in Archaeology: Data, Workflows, and Books in the Age of Logistics.” Critical Archaeology in a Digital Age, ed. K. Garstki. Los Angeles, CA: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press.

Participant Outcomes
- Identification of methods (“green”, “gold”, “diamond”) and venues for open access publication related to individual research projects.

- Identification of data set to be integrated into open access publication related to individual research projects.

Collective Outcomes
- Annotated samples of digital publications that integrate research data.

November 18, 2023
10:30am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern

Faculty
Leigh Anne Lieberman
Sarah Whitcher Kansa (Facilitator)
Angela Trentecosta

Bibliography
Lodwick, L. (2019) “Sowing the seeds of future research: data sharing, citation and reuse in Archaeobotany.” Open Quaternary, 5(1).

Participant Outcomes
- Comprehensive working list of the ways in which data sets related to individual research projects can be reused, as well as specific measures that will help promote reuse.

Collective Outcomes
- Principle ways in which archaeological research data sets can be reused together with good practices that facilitate data reuse.

Data for Diverse Publics

January - April 2024

January 20, 2024
10:30am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern

Faculty
Neha Gupta
Edward González-Tennant
Leigh Anne Lieberman (Facilitator)

Bibliography
TBD

Participant Outcomes
Draft of a pathway to collaboration for individual research projects and publication with relevant community stakeholders, especially those with indigenous, BIPOC, low-incoming, diaspora, refugee, and other underserved communities, where appropriate.

Collective Outcomes
Annotated samples of pathways to collaboration for archaeological research projects and publications with relevant community stakeholders, especially those with indigenous, BIPOC, low-incoming, diaspora, refugee, and other underserved communities.

February 24, 2024
10:30am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern

Faculty
Leigh Anne Lieberman (Facilitator)
Sarah Miller
Paulina F. Przystupa

Bibliography
Przystupa, P. F. (Forthcoming) “Archaeology and Comics: Cons, concerns, and creativity.”

Participant Outcomes
- Outline for potential application that prioritizes engagement with diverse communities around individual research projects.

Collective Outcomes
Annotated list of potential applications that prioritize engagement with diverse communities around individual research projects.

March 16, 2024
10:30am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern

Faculty
Pınar Durgun
Sarah Whitcher Kansa (Facilitator)
Leigh Anne Lieberman

Bibliography
Durgun, P. (2021) “Digging Digital Museum Collections Blog Series.” https://alexandriaarchive.org/digging-digital-museum-collections/

Participant Outcomes
- Outline for potential collaborative didactic and/or program with museum and/or archaeological site personnel that prioritizes engagement with diverse communities around individual research projects.

Collective Outcomes
Annotated list of potential collaborative didactics and/or programs with museums and/or archaeological site personnel that prioritize engagement with diverse communities around individual research projects. 

- Compile good practices for museums to make online collections better support multiple forms of public engagement.

April 20, 2024
10:30am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern

Faculty
Jarre Hamilton
Desireé Reneé Martinez
Leigh Anne Lieberman (Facilitator)

Bibliography
Hacıgüzeller, P., J. S. Taylor, and S. Perry, (2021) On the Emerging Supremacy of Structured Digital Data in Archaeology: A Preliminary Assessment of Information, Knowledge and Wisdom Left Behind. Open Archaeology, 7(1), pp.1709-1730.

Participant Outcomes
List of the strategies by which individual research projects can prioritize transparency and showcasing diverse perspectives.

Collective Outcomes
Annotated list of strategies by which archaeological  research projects can prioritize transparency and showcasing diverse perspectives.

Networking Communities

July 23 - 26, 2024

Data for the Classroom

September - November 2024

September 21, 2024
10:30am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern

Faculty
Beth Compton
Katherine Cook
Leigh Anne Lieberman (Facilitator)

Bibliography
Cook, K. (2018) “Open Data as Public Archaeology: The Monumental Archive Project.” AP: Online Journal of Public Archaeology 3: 177-194. revistas.jasarqueologia.es/index.php/APJournal/article/view/152 

Participant Outcomes
A student-oriented, data-driven exercise that targets some aspect of archaeological data literacy using data from individual research projects.

Collective Outcomes
Annotated collection of student-oriented, data-driven exercises that target some aspect of archaeological data literacy using data from individual research projects.

October 19, 2024
10:30am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern

Faculty
Tiffany Earley-Spadoni
Leigh Anne Lieberman (Facilitator)
Eric Poehler

Bibliography
Earley-Spadoni, T. (2017) “Spatial History, Deep Mapping and Digital Storytelling: Archaeology's Future Imagined through an Engagement with the Digital Humanities.” Journal of Archaeological Science 84: 95–102. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2017.05.003

Participant Outcomes
Syllabus that prioritizes student learning around archaeological data literacy using data-driven exercises from individual research projects.

Collective Outcomes
Annotated collection of syllabuses that prioritize student learning around archaeological data literacy using data-driven exercises from individual research projects.

November 16, 2024
10:30am - 1:00pm / 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern

Faculty
L. Meghan Dennis
Leigh Anne Lieberman (Facilitator)
Jennifer Zovar

Bibliography
Muir, S., and Y. Oliver, (2021) Strategies for Recruiting Students to the Humanities: A Comprehensive Overview. Washington, D.C.: National Humanities Alliance. https://www.nhalliance.org/study_the_humanities

Participant Outcomes
Understanding of the pedagogical impact of individual research projects.

Collective Outcomes
Comprehensive working list of the ways in which data-driven exercises that target some aspect of archaeological data literacy fit in larger institutional, departmental, and disciplinary missions.