Last week, our Senior Digital Data Curator, Rachel Fernandez, was out on the road again to present at the 2019 Air Force Cultural Resource Workshop, held at the Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sponsored by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), the three-day workshop included natural and cultural resource managers from Air Force installations spread across the states to discuss issues and developments in cultural resource management within the Air Force.

One of the ongoing projects discussed at the meetings was the Center for Digital Antiquity and AFCEC’s collaboration to preserve Air Force cultural resources within tDAR. At present, there are over 500 active resources within tDAR from over 17 different installations, with another 2500 resources in different stages of completion. At this meeting, Rachel was able to provide training on the tDAR system and answer questions concerning organizing and managing digital resources.

We hope to continue being involved in these workshops and work closely with AFCEC to provide digital curation and preservation services for the US Air Force.

To learn more about the US Air Force CRM Program and the challenges of digital data curation, read our Reports in Digital Archaeology Number 4, The US Air Force CRM Program Meets the Challenges of Digital Data Curation: A Case Study Using tDAR

The ARIADNEplus project invites archaeological researchers and data managers to participate in an online survey on community needs regarding data sharing and access, new services and tools, and related training needs.

ARIADNEplus, is a project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Programme. It aims to integrate archaeological datasets in a digital infrastructure so that researchers can use them with services and tools which will also be provided by the project.

We kindly invite you to share your experience and your views on the survey topics. Please note that the survey includes matrix table questions, therefore using a desktop or notebook (not a tablet or mobile) is recommended.

Survey link: http://srfg.at/ariadneplus-survey

Thank you very much for your valuable contribution!

Digital Antiquity staff and Board of Directors members were out in force at the 84th Annual Meeting of the SAA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

With the highest attendance the SAA has seen – over 5,300 attendees! – the 4-day conference was filled with various meetings, sessions, and discussions with people at the exhibitor booth.

Rachel Fernandez with the Electric Symposium Group
Rachel Fernandez and Leigh Anne Ellison at the SAA tDAR Booth

Between the Digital Antiquity staff alone, we participated in over four sessions, sat on two committee meetings, lead a hands-on Digital Curation workshop, and spent countless hours at the exhibitor hall discussing the benefits and uses of tDAR.

Dr. Frank McManamon and Rachel Fernandez at the SAA tDAR booth
The tDAR Booth was visited by Meagan Dennison, Winner of the 2019 SAA Student Paper Award! As part of her prize, Digital Antiquity provided Meagan with 50 Files (up to 525 MB!) of repository space in tDAR to preserve and share her current and future research.

A meeting highlight of particular note was the Symposium 188, “Attention to Detail: A Pragmatic Career of Research, Mentoring, and Service, Papers in Honor of Keith Kintigh” in which our own Dr. Kintigh was recognized for his considerable contributions to the field of archaeology and advocacy for digital preservation. Among the speakers lauding Dr. Kintigh’s accomplishments were tDAR’s Founding Director Dr. Frank McManamon and Digital Antiquity Board Member, Jeffrey Altschul, further marking the session as a truly special event.

Dr. Keith Kintigh was recognized by his peers, colleagues, and mentees at the SAA Meeting
Dr. Frank McManamon speaking at Dr. Keith Kintigh’s SAA Symposium
Dr. Keith Kintigh Speaking at his SAA Symposium

Utilizing your SAA-Digital Antiquity Good Digital Curation Agreement Benefits

In order to preserve and readily share the incredible work of SAA Meeting presenters, the Center for Digital Antiquity has continued its Good Digital Curation Agreement partnership with the SAA, now into its fifth year. Through this partnership, all session abstracts from past conferences (2015-present) can be found on the tDAR website.  Further, if you are the author of an abstract(s), you can utilize your SAA Member Benefits to upload your presentation, paper, poster, or other supplementary data into tDAR for free (up to 30MB).

In addition to presenter benefits, the SAA also supports up to 10 free uploads (totaling 100MB) into tDAR for retired members, student members, members from countries with discounted membership rates, and members from Tribal Historic Preservation Offices.

Preserving and making your archaeological data accessible has never been easier! We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to enrich future research by uploading your archaeological information into tDAR. You can find your abstract and learn more about your SAA benefits here: https://www.tdar.org/saa

SAA Member Benefits page in tDAR

The Center for Digital Antiquity is seeking a visionary Lead Software Engineer to help develop and expand the software infrastructure and services of tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record), a state-of-the-art international digital repository for archaeological and cultural heritage data. This is a unique opportunity to lead the technical development of innovative systems and tools for digital data management, preservation, and sustainable access to the digital repository.

This position works with the development team to design, implement, document, and support tDAR. The ideal candidate will possess knowledge of general programming paradigms and languages, full-stack development, open source data repository platforms, and experience with full-text search platforms including but not limited to: Java, Python, Ruby, PostgreSQL, Apache Solr, Fedora, DSpace, HubZero, and Dataverse. This position reports to the Center for Digital Antiquity’s Executive Director and Board of Directors.

To learn more and to apply, visit the Arizona State University employment website. Applications will be accepted through January 21, 2019.

Workshop Dates: November 19- 23, 2018

Location: University of Ghana, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies

Participants: University of Ghana, Dept. of Archaeology and Heritage Studies Faculty and Students, Ghana Museum and Monuments Board Staff, University of Ghana, Institute of African Studies

Workshop Instructors: Ann Stahl, University of Victoria, Dept. of Anthropology, Lisa Goddard, University of Victoria Libraries, Rachel Fernandez, Center for Digital Antiquity

Recently, our Senior Digital Curator, Rachel Fernandez, along with Ann Stahl and Lisa Goddard from the University of Victoria, had the opportunity to lead a week-long workshop at the University of Ghana in Accra. This workshop is part of a larger Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Partnership Development grant titled, “Improving African Future Using Lessons from the Past” (IAfF). Partners on this grant include the University of Victoria, the University of Ghana, Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, Center for Digital Antiquity, and the Banda Traditional Council. The grant focuses on creating digital heritage collections that are not only relevant to scholars but to local communities and the broader public, with the idea of fostering digital heritage “communities of practice.”

At the kickoff workshop for the grant, a great group of 30 students, faculty, and staff participated in a series of lectures and hands-on activities throughout the week that touched upon topics such as best practices for digital data management and converting slides into digitized files.

By the end of the intensive week, the group had the chance to digitize documents, sort and digitize color slides, take photos and videos with audio, organize documents and add important metadata, and lastly, make draft digital data management plans to help them organize their own projects.  

Rachel was able to not only talk about the curation and planning activities that the Center for Digital Antiquity is able to provide, but also learned  about the challenges and innovative projects that are happening in Ghana. This partnership and workshop is a great example of how the archaeological community can come together with broader local and national communities to provide greater accessibility and increase preservation of valuable cultural heritage resources. We look forward to continuing working on this project and assisting in the workshops to come.

This past fall, Digital Antiquity had the opportunity to work with a new student intern, Lauren Tennison. As part of her internship, Lauren helped with adding content to tDAR for the Digital Archive of Huhugam project as well as learning skills in curation and redaction of archaeological reports. We are so happy to have had Lauren on board!

Fort Vermilion, Alberta, 2018

Name: Lauren Tennison

Position/Title: Digital Curation Intern

Degree: Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology with a concentration in archaeology at Arizona State University.

Previous Work Experience/Research Focus: I excavated, surveyed, and did research at a Colonial era fur trading site in Alberta, Canada.  I also excavated and surveyed at a few Hohokam sites in Phoenix, Arizona.

Favorite Places to Travel to: My grandmothers in Cottonwood, Arizona and anywhere new.

Fun fact: I graduated with an Associate of Science degree from Weatherford College, Weatherford, Texas.  Then, I transferred to Arizona State to get my Bachelors of Business in Global Logistics Management.  After a few semesters of that I realized where my real passions were and changed majors.

Favorite Collection: I’ve really enjoyed working on DAHA, the Digital Archive of Hohokam Archaeology. I love seeing how widespread their empire was. 

The Center for Digital Antiquity is currently seeking an Administrative Specialist and we invite all qualified applicants to apply. This position plays a vital role within our organization. We are seeking applicants who are motivated, self-directed, and shows professionalism in working directly with the Executive and Associate Directors on administrative matters related to general operations, financial resources management, client relations, and project coordination.

To learn more and to apply, visit the Arizona State University employment website. Application deadline is October 22, 2018 at 3:00pm (MST).