It has been almost a year since the end of the main development phase of the SWORDARM project and we are still learning about how best to use the system and how to support those who want to use it. While our learning curve remains steep as we embed the system into our work process and those of the sector, we completed the JISC funded work and produced a final report which you can download here SWORDARM Final Report.
More information about SWORDARM, evidence and benefits can be found on the SWORDARM web page.
At Easter time I was lucky enough to attend the Computing Applications in Archaeology (CAA) conference at the Sorbonne in Paris. Apart from the obvious delights of Paris in the spring-time this gave us the opportunity to tell an international audience about our development of the ADS-easy tool as a result of the SWORDARM project. Our paper (written jointly by Ray Moore and myself) was well positioned in a session looking at ‘Strategy, Practice and Trends in On-line Archaeology’ chaired by Judith Winters of Internet Archaeology and Virginie Fromageot-Laniepce of CNRS. The audience seemed interested in our project and many recognised the problem of making deposition in a repository as easy (and cheap) as possible in order to encourage the proper archiving of research data. In particular the presentation raised questions from the audience about our costing tool; I think this really reflects the concerns that many in the sector have about making archiving financially sustainable.
It was fantastic to be able to go to Paris to talk about our work, and the conference sparked lots of discussion about ADS-easy and other initiatives from the ADS! We still managed to squeeze in a boat trip on the Seine!