Data management for archaeology
Chartered Institute for Archaeologists CPD workshop
(21 April 2016)
Through presentations, group discussion and practical activities this workshop will explore the importance of data management and digital preservation for the long term safety of archaeological data and provide practical guidance on how to prepare, curate, and deposit data. This workshop is structured in three sections and will begin with a short introduction to the importance of good data management and digital preservation for archaeology. Following this introduction, participants will be asked to interrogate and critically analyse an archaeological data set. This activity will highlight a number of common data management issues that constrain archaeological data reuse and encourage participants to think objectively about how they create and manage their own archaeological data.
In the second section, participants will look at what advice and standards are available for archaeological data management; guidance will be given on how to prepare and curate data to existing professional standards. Participants will then be asked to reflect on the information gathered through the workshop and create a data management plan that would work for their own data management needs. The final section of the workshop will provide participants with hands on experience of depositing a pre-prepared data set using the ADS-easy system.
By the end of the course participants will be expected to:
- Understand the importance of good data management practices.
- Understand the importance of digital preservation for the long term safety of archaeological data.
- Understand the principles of best practice in data management.
- Have a working knowledge of current data management guidance and standards for archaeology.
- Understand the application of digital preservation and data management for their own work.
- Be able to prepare data management plans.
- Be able to deposit data using ADS-easy.
National occupational standards
- AE2 Develop procedures for the use of information resources.
- Disseminate, deposit and archive data on the material remains and intangible heritage of past communities.
- Classify, compile and maintain data on the material remains and intangible heritage of past communities.
|9:00 – 9:10||Introduction|
|9:10 – 9:45||Importance of good data management and digital preservation for archaeology|
|9:45 – 10:30||Archive Practical|
|10:30 – 11:00||Coffee and Tea|
|11:00 – 11:15||Answers to Archive Practical|
|11:15 – 11:30||Data Management Planning|
|11:30 – 12:30||ADS-easy Practical|
Archive Access Practical
Archive Access Practical example archive
ADS-easy Practical data set
ADS-easy 2.0 practical instructions
The Digital Curation Center’s Online Management Plan.
The Digital Curation Center’s Management Plan Check List
The Digital Curation Center’s Selection and Retention Guidelines
Heritage Data Vocabularies.
Archaeological Archive Standards and Guidelines
ARCHES Archaeological Resources in Cultural Heritage a European Standard website
[Archaeological Archives: A guide to best practice in creation, compilation, transfer and curation|http://www.archaeologyuk.org/archives/aaf_archaeological_archives_2011.pdf]
Digital Preservation Coalition Mind the Gap document.