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

Improving Ways Open Context Publishes Archaeological Data

July 25, 2021

Our last blog post about Open Context discussed how we were rebuilding many aspects of how we organized the data we publish. This post gets into some of the details. For background, Open Context is a bit different from many […]

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Testing, testing, testing

July 15, 2021

As we mentioned in our quarterly report, things are mooving along with our first data story. However, before we let it roam on the range, we want to make sure it is up to a certain standard. The question is, […]

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Rebuilding Open Context – Again!

July 8, 2021

Open Context is undergoing its fourth major rebuild. Why on earth would we do this? This post explores (hopefully without too much jargon or technobabble) why rebuilds are important and what the 2021 rebuild involves. Why are rebuilds (“refactoring”) needed?  […]

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