[open-archaeology] Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) in London on 24th April 2010

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Wed Apr 14 18:26:16 UTC 2010

Very interesting! I'd also be interested to learn more about

Federico: as I think we spoke about in Luxembourg - we'd be delighted
to have a guest post on your research on reusing cultural heritage
material on the OKF blog if you have time!

(Also if anyone else might be interested in blogging about topics
related to the Archaeology WG, please drop Sara, in carbon copy, and I
a note! E.g. Colleen on sharing images, Anthony on the DART project,
Eric on Open Context, etc.)

All the best,


On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 12:05 PM, Federico Morando
<federico.morando at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm especially interested in this part of the article:
> By embarking on a "massive photocopying campaign", Fulford assimilated huge
> amounts of data, representing a massive increase in both the number and type
> of sites now known.
> The "photocopying" part is one of the most paradoxical aspects... Of course,
> even if this information were publicly available on the Internet, part of
> this literature would remain "gray", until some brilliant guy puts the
> relevant pieces together. That said, what interests me are in particular the
> legal obstacles to making this kind information publicly available (again, I
> know that there are many other kind of obstacles, but I would like to start
> from a sketch of the legal ones).
> In particular, I would like to examine two kind of issues:
> 1) national laws about cultural heritage;
> 2) the contracts between commercial archaeologists and their typical
> clients, which may vary from country to country (they may be local
> governments and/or local branches of the ministry of culture, the Italian
> "archaeological superintendences" or the like).
> Part (1) is messy, but relatively straightforward. I started doing it for
> Italy (and I will let you know the results of this research, as soon as I've
> something decent to share) and I'm confident to receive some help to do the
> same for France and, possibly, Greece.
> About part (2), is there somebody on the list able to forward me some (more
> or less anonymized) copies of similar contracts?
> Of course, I'm willing to respect any kind of privacy requirements and you
> can contact me by private email, but it would be very important for a better
> understanding of this scenario, if somebody were able and willing to forward
> me some copies of the contracts that commercial archaeologists typically
> sign (I just read Italian, French, English and a bit of Spanish. but feel
> free to send me stuff in other languages: I'll try to figure out a way to
> understand it.)
> By the way, several of the potential "non-disclosure" (and/or intellectual
> property related) clauses that could be contained in these contracts are not
> specific of contracts with commercial archaeologists, but could appear in
> any authorization or other document granting the right to dig, prospect or
> do any kind of potentially archeology related activity (at least in
> countries such as Italy); hence, I'm absolutely interested in these
> contracts as well.
> To conclude, please notice that I'm just a law&economics researcher with a
> (mainly personal) interest in archeology and cultural heritage legislation,
> a field in which I'm a complete dummy, and a growing (also professional)
> interest in public sector information. Hence, feel free to point me to
> existing resources or literature already answering the questions I'm trying
> to study from scratch, asking your help as far as contracts, authorizations
> and grants received by archaeologist are concerned.
> Best regards,
> Federico
> Stefano Costa wrote:
> http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100407/full/464826a.html
> The explosion in commercial archaeology has brought a flood of
> information. The problem now is figuring out how to find and use this
> unpublished literature, reports Matt Ford.
> I think this article raises several points relevant for this working
> group, for example in connection with the recent launch of OALibrary.
> Again, this is about the UK. Anyone care to tell us something more about
> archaeological data in Germany, Spain, France, Greece or others?
> Thanks,
> Stefano
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