Archaeological computing in Berlin

The annual Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology or CAA conference has been going in Berlin for a couple of days. My personal cotribution to the conference consist of a paper on the question of the compatibiity of the results of archaeological work and the needs and information work procedures of the archaeology professionals who are supposed to benefit of the information.

The techniques and methods of capturing and preserving archaeological information have been discussed broadly in the literature. The further uses and users of the data and including their implications to the information have seldom been discussed in a comprehensive manner.

Archaeological research projects and heritage organisations have concentrated on producing data for their own present use without a specific concern of the prospective users of the created and processed information. In order to ensure the functional, not only physical sustainability of the earlier and current archaeological information resources, a special emphasis on is needed their functional sustainability.

The presentation informs future development of information systems and information services for archaeology and cultural heritage professionals placing a specific focus on the extended lifecycle and evolution of the information and its uses.

Archaeology and Archaeological Information in the Digital Society shows how the digitization of archaeological information, tools and workflows, and their interplay with both old and new non-digital practices throughout the archaeological information process, affect the outcomes of archaeological work, and in the end, our general understanding of the human past.

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COST-ARKWORK is a network funded by the COST scheme that brings together the multidisciplinary work of researchers of archaeological practices in the field of archaeological knowledge production and use. The aim of the network is to make a major push forward in the current state-of-the-art in knowing how archaeological knowledge is produced, how it is used and how to maximise its positive impact in the society.

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CApturing Paradata for documenTing data creation and Use for the REsearch of the future (CAPTURE) investigates what information about the creation and use of research data that is paradata) is needed and how to capture enough of that information to make the data reusable in the future. 

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