Center for Digital Antiquity Director Chris Nicholson, Assistant Director Leigh Anne Ellison, and Senior Digital Curator Rachel Fernandez are looking forward to participating in a number of upcoming archaeological meetings and conferences.  Look for us in sessions, stop by our booth, or email Leigh Anne (LeighAnne.Ellison@asu.edu), Rachel (Rachel.Fernandez.1@asu.edu) or Chris (Christopher.M.Nicholson@asu.edu) to meet for coffee and chat about the top-tier digital curation, data management, and archiving services tDAR can provide you!

Be sure to visit our booth to learn more about what tDAR can do for you!

Rachel Fernandez, Senior Digital Curator
Digital Antiquity Senior Digital Curator Rachel Fernandez is responsible for identifying datasets in tDAR and uploading them to the ARIADNE Portal.
Julian Richards at AriaDNEplus
Julian Richards, ADS Director and Digital Antiquity Board Member, at AriaDNEplus meeting in February 2019

Partnering with 26 other countries, the Center for Digital Antiquity is proud to be a part of the 5-year ARIADNEplus research grant (2019-2023). ARIADNEplus is the continuation of the successful ARIADNE project: Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Data Networking in Europe, 2013-2017. The original ARIADNE work focused on integrating 36 European Union archaeological repositories, and building a platform to support searching their integrated catalog of unpublished reports, images, maps, databases and other archaeological information.

The “plus” grant expands the integrated partners list to include the U.S. (the Center for Digital Antiquity), Argentina (National Scientific and Technical Research Council), Israel (Israel Antiquities Authority), and Japan (National Research Institute for Cultural Properties). The new portal will extend geographical and temporally, while providing various services to researchers to process and re-use the data. For more information, check out their informative website available in 14 different languages

Leigh Anne Ellison, Assistant Director
Leigh Anne Ellison, Assistant Director

Congratulations to Leigh Anne Ellison on her recent promotion to Assistant Director of the Center for Digital Antiquity! Leigh Anne joined the staff in 2012 as Sales and Marketing Coordinator, and was promoted to Program Manager in 2017. She has extensive professional experience including work as a Project Director for archaeological fieldwork in Mexico and Honduras, where she studied social variability among commoners. She also has considerable field experience in the US, working as a Field Archaeologist on various projects throughout Hawaii, Arizona, and Colorado. Leigh Anne holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Art History from Wellesley College. A frequent presenter at archaeology conferences and workshops, Leigh Anne advocates globally for Digital Antiquity and the use of tDAR for the long-term preservation of, and access to, archaeological data. She will continue to serve as the primary point-of-contact for Digital Antiquity’s clients, users, and customers.

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The Center for Digital Antiquity is currently seeking a talented Digital Curator to join our office in beautiful Tempe, AZ! Truly the backbone of Digital Antiquity, Digital Curators work with clients and collaborate with all members of the Digital Antiquity team to continuously improve and enhance our users’ experience in The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR), a state-of-the-art international digital repository for archaeological and cultural heritage data. This full-time position contributes to the development and expansion of tDAR by accomplishing a variety of tasks, including: digitizing paper records and/or migrating obsolete digital files to appropriate preservation-quality formats, creating descriptive metadata for these archaeological records, organizing and performing quality control checks of record uploads into tDAR, and training/supervising student workers in aspects of this work.

Our ideal candidate needs to have professional knowledge and experience in at least one of these areas: archaeology (field, lab and classes); digital preservation and digital data management; information technology, scripting, and programming.

If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply! Please visit bit.ly/2zxAYAz or search for ASU Job # 55032BR or click the image above to learn more.

Act fast! Our candidate search for this exciting opportunity closes on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 3:00 PM Arizona time.  

Beginning in 2013, the Center for Digital Antiquity partnered with the Society for Historical Archaeology to preserve the SHA meeting abstracts and make the presentations and research data files available in tDAR.  As a presenter you can access your abstract’s record in tDAR, edit the metadata, and upload a PDF copy of your paper, presentation, or poster, for FREE.  Here’s how to get started:

  1. Go to https://www.tdar.org/sha/
  2. Search for your abstract by typing your name or abstract title in the box.
  3. Fill out the message box to request access to your paper’s abstract (you will need to register – but that’s free).
  4. Once completed, we will send you a message within one business day with a link to edit your abstract and upload the paper or poster.

Were you an SHA presenter in 2018 (New Orleans), 2017 (Fort Worth), 2016 (Washington DC), or 2015 (Seattle) but haven’t uploaded your presentation yet? No worries – those abstracts are also in tDAR. Help other researchers find and cite your SHA presentations by making them available today!

Digital Antiquity has partnered with the Society for American Archaeology to preserve the 2019 annual meeting abstracts and make the presentations and data used to support them available in tDAR. As a presenter you can access your record in tDAR, edit the metadata, and upload a PDF copy of your paper, presentation, poster, or other supplementary data (up to 3 files/30MB), and it’s FREE.  Here’s how to get started:

  1. Go to https://www.tdar.org/saa/
  2. Search for your abstract by typing your name or abstract title in the box.
  3. Fill out the message box to request access to your paper’s abstract (you will need to register – but that’s free).
  4. Once completed, we will send you a message within one business day with a link to edit your abstract and upload the paper or poster.

Were you an SAA presenter in 2018 (Washington D.C.), 2017 (Vancouver), 2016 (Orlando), or 2015 (San Francisco) but haven’t uploaded your presentation yet? Not to worry – those abstracts are also in tDAR. Help other researchers find and cite your SAA presentations by making them available today!

Additionally, the tDAR SAA Member Benefit allows retired members, student members, members from countries with discounted rates, and members from Tribal Historic Preservation Offices to upload ten files (up to 100MB) annually to tDAR. Contact membership@saa.org to request your voucher.

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!

Illustration credit: Ainsley Seago

Earlier this year the Board of the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA) @acracrm endorsed and posted on the ACRA website two important documents promoting the sharing of data (e.g., reports and other documents, images, data sets, and other kinds of digital files) among archaeologists and other cultural resource specialists in CRM, academic and museum positions, public agencies, and other organizations.  One is a three-page policy document focused on promoting greater synergy between academic professionals and the CRM industry.  The document, which stresses the benefits of and need for greater communication and collaboration, presents recommendations of an ACRA task force, led by Duane Peter, that worked on the issue.  The second document, “Digital Data Curation and Access:  Why You and Your Organization should be Actively Involved”, summarizing the reasons for and benefits of greater sharing of data.

Additional publications concerning digital archaeology and data curation, including reports, case studies, and other helpful materials, can be found on the Digital Antiquity Publications page.

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