[open-archaeology] Open Data in Archaeology phone meeting tomorrow (2010-06-16)
stefano.costa at okfn.org
Tue Jun 15 13:34:39 UTC 2010
as announced in my previous e-mail, here are some preliminary thoughts
on collecting information about archaeological data in different
From the list of members of this working group, I see that there are
among us people from (at least) the following countries:
* Australia (1)
* Belgium (1)
* Canada (1)
* Estonia (1)
* Germany (5)
* Greece (4)
* Ireland (1)
* Italy (4)
* Netherlands (2)
* Spain (1)
* UK (18)
* USA (7)
It's amazing to see so many countries represented here!
I see defining the overall situation of archaeological data in each
country as the first major goal of the working group. By "defining" I
mean having a clear description of things like:
* law framework (who controls archaeology, who owns finds, who
owns data, at which government level archaeology is controlled)
* existing databases
* relationship between universities and commercial archaeology
with regard to data collection and accessibility (e.g. are large
databases available only within academia?)
* bureaucracy around archaeological information - or cultural
heritage information (e.g. are there dedicated directorates
* "Freedom of Information" (FoI) ?
Jonathan proposed to crowdsource this research by means of a
questionnaire. I have started writing some possible questions on the
OKFN wiki at http://wiki.okfn.org/wg/archaeology/nationalstandards
A tentative agenda for this action would be to discuss it during the
phone meeting next week - then allocate some weeks for defining a good
set of questions and send it out at the end of June.
PS: For the lazy in you, so far I have come out with the following
== Excavation ==
* who has the right to (allow someone else to) do an archaeological
* basically, in countries with restrictive laws like Italy and
Greece, it's the State who has this right and only the Ministry can
perform excavation and archaeological field research in general - or
give someone else permission to do so (Universities, etc)
* is some kind of archaeological documentation/data required after the
* in Italy, detailed documentation is due to the Ministry for each
excavation, including context sheets, artifact records and general
description of the site
* (if yes to the above) is there a required/recommended standard for
More free questions:
* can anyone take a picture of an ongoing excavation (and possibly of
features and artifacts found there) ?
* is there a requirement for publication of excavation reports ?
* (if yes to the above) is there a time deadline for publishing
excavation reports ?
* (if yes to the above) is there an official journal or other means of
publication that is endorsed/recommended by the Ministry ?
* who has the property right over artifacts found during excavation ?
== Survey ==
* do you need to ask permission before doing intensive survey ?
* are there concerns that public dissemination of site locations might
cause looting ?
== National and regional archives ==
* do national/regional archives/catalogues of archaeological
sites/artifacts exist ?
* are these archives in digital form ?
* are these archives available to the public or just to the archiving
body for internal uses ?
* is there a technical standard for digital archives of cultural
heritage artifacts ?
* (if yes to the above) is the standard
== Museums ==
* is anyone free to take pictures in musems ?
* do musems put catalogues of their objects on the web, with
description and pictures ?
Coordinator, Working Group on Open Data in Archaeology
The Open Knowledge Foundation
http://www.okfn.org · http://opendefinition.org/
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