European Archaeological Association annual conference, Bern 4-7 September 2019.
Session 144 Towards a Spatial Data Infrastructure for Archaeology
Are we getting best value out of the spatial data we create? Help deliver value from the data you create at Session 144.
Through the INSPIRE Directive (2007) public organisations across Europe are required to share environmentally-related spatial datasets to support decision making and management of the environment. As a result heritage agencies responsible for the designation and management of Protected Sites across Europe have released Web Map and Web Feature Services through the INSPIRE Geoportal.
In contrast to datasets mandated by INSPIRE, which are underpinned by consistent data standards, little consideration has been given to the wealth of spatial data created through archaeological fieldwork and research. Digital technologies now enable the high-precision recording of archaeological excavations and surveys, placing these activities in their wider landscape, whilst advances in remote sensing techniques combined with processing power allow recording to be undertaken over many hectares compared to the targeted, site-specific surveys of the early 21st century. Ground and Airborne Laser Scanning offer new opportunities for the recording and analysis of our past. This is data that ultimately informs our understanding and management of sites and archaeological landscapes, from informing the planning process to measuring the long-term impact of climate change. Despite its potential, the data is largely inaccessible beyond illustrations fossilised and siloed within individual final published reports. The underlying primary data is difficult to find, access and reuse. The data structure not only differs across but also within organisations, hindering efficient reuse. Then there are questions of who should collate, manage and publish spatial datasets, as well as access rights.
The Amersfoort Agenda recognises the need to share, connect and provide access to archaeological information through digital technologies, with the aspiration to improve collaboration, yet examples of a collaborative approach to managing and publishing spatial data pooled from archaeological projects are rare. We welcome papers that discuss the challenges and solutions to finding, compiling and accessing spatial data across multiple projects.
Call for papers closes Thursday 14 February 2019
The 25th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) will take place from 4-7 September 2019 in Bern, Switzerland.
The event will be organised by the Institute of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bern.
The Annual Meeting themes, as defined by the Scientific Committee, incorporate the diversity of EAA and the multidimensionality of archaeological practice, including archaeological interpretation, heritage management and politics of the past and present.
1. Archaeological theory and methods beyond paradigms
2. Interpreting the archaeological record: artefacts, humans, and landscapes
3. Archaeology of mountainous landscapes
4. Digital archaeology, science and multidisciplinarity: new methods, new challenges
5. Archaeological heritage and museum management: future chances, future risks
6. Global change and archaeology
Registration for the 25th EAA Annual Meeting is now open. Please note that eventually all participants of the Annual Meeting have to be current (2019) EAA members and pay conference registration fee. Check registration policy for more details.
For more information go to: https://www.e-a-a.org/eaa2019
The mission of the Europae Archaeologiae Consilium (EAC) is to support the management of the archaeological heritage in Europe.
The topic of the 20th Heritage Management Symposium will be ‘Archaeological sites and monuments in the care of the state – sharing our experiences’.
The 20th Annual Meeting of the EAC will be held in Dublin Castle on 28 February – 2 March 2019. The event will be hosted and organised by the National Monuments Service (Ireland).
Online registration is open until 6 January 2019.
To register click here: https://www.europae-archaeologiae-consilium.org/annual-meeting-2019
Spatial Humanities 2018 – Call for Papers
- Where: Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
- When: 20-21 September 2018
- Deadline for Abstracts – 28th February 2018
Lancaster’s Digital Humanities Hub is hosting a Spatial Humanities 2018 conference in September 2018. The conference will explore what geospatial technologies such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) have to contribute to humanities research.
The main aim is to explore and demonstrate the contributions to knowledge enabled by these technologies, approaches and methods within and beyond the digital humanities. Submissions on all aspects of using geospatial technologies in humanities research, including database development, methodological innovation and applied research that develops our understanding of the geographies of the past, is welcomed.
Contributions are invited from all humanities disciplines, including (but not limited to) history (including fields from social science history such as historical demography and environmental history), archaeology, literary studies, classics, linguistics and religious studies, as well as from technical fields including GISc, digital humanities, computational linguistics and computer science.
- Prof. David Bodenhamer, The Polis Center, Indiana Purdue University, Indianapolis
- Dr. Janelle Jenstad, Department of English, University of Victoria.
Cost: Full registration (including teas & coffees and lunch on both days) will cost £195.
LANCASTER UNIVERSITY DIGITAL HUMANITIES HUB
Call for Papers for the next ICOM-CIDOC Conference entitled The Provenance of Knowledge.
Where and when: Heraklion, Crete, 29 September – 4 October 2018.
Deadline for conference proposals (presentations, workshops and case studies): 28 February. For more information, click here: http://www.cidoc2018.com/call-papers
‘As an essential aspect of documentation, Provenance of Knowledge refers to the attempt to trace the origins of the information and knowledge about an object, an entity or an idea in order to reconstruct the whole chain of creation, use, interpretation and dissemination of relevant information and knowledge.
The ultimate purpose of this reconstruction is to confirm, illustrate, and validate the information and knowledge contained in the documentation in order to facilitate understanding across times and cultures. In this way, it contributes to scholarly citation in information handling while connecting all the material evidence kept in museums and other memory institutions.
The validation of information and knowledge has been greatly helped by the increasing use of digital technologies in documentation. However, this advancement in documentation has created new difficulties as the abundance of the available information makes it difficult to introduce standards and processes to model and maintain the development and validity of documented information.
The 2018 CIDOC conference aims at supporting museums by deepening the understanding of documentation as a means of knowledge preservation, dissemination and exchange.’
The 2018 Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) conference will take place between 19-23 March, at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
The Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) Annual Conference is one of the major events in the calendar for scholars, specialists and experts in the field of computing technologies applied to archaeology.
The 46th Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference (CAA 2018) has been given the theme “Human history and digital future”. The conference will address a multitude of topics. Through diverse case studies from all over the world, the conference will show new technical approaches and best practice from various archaeological and computer-science disciplines. The conference will bring together hundreds of participants from around the world in parallel sessions, workshops, tutorials and roundtables.
For general information about the conference: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 11th International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research (MTSR’17) will be held at Tallinn University in Tallinn, Estonia from November 28th – December 1st 2017.
MTSR is an annual international inter-disciplinary conference which brings together academics, researchers and practitioners in the specialized fields of metadata, ontologies and semantics research. The conference provides an opportunity for participants to share knowledge and novel approaches in the implementation of semantic technologies across diverse types of information environments and applications. These include Open Access Repositories and Digital Libraries, Cultural Informatics, Digital Humanities, E-learning applications, Search Engine Optimization and Information Retrieval, Research Information Systems and Infrastructures, e-Science and e-Social Science applications, Agriculture, Food and Environment, Bio-Health & Medical Information Systems.
- Theoretical and foundational principles of metadata, ontologies and information organization;
- The emergence and application of the Internet of Things (IoT) in libraries and cultural heritage institutions (such as RFID technologies, smart libraries and virtual museums);
- The applications of Linked Data, Open Data, Big Data and user-generated metadata;
- Digital Interconnectedness – the what, why and how of Linked Open Data and the Semantic Web;
- Metadata standardization, authority control and interoperability in digital libraries and research data repositories;
- Emerging issues in RDF, OWL,SKOS, schema.org, BIBFRAME, metadata and ontology design;
- Linked data applications for e-books, digital publishing and Content Management Systems (CMSs);
- Content discovery services, search, information retrieval and data visualization applications.
Proceedings will be published by Springer in Vol. 755 of the Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) book series. CCIS is abstracted/indexed in Scopus, SCImago, EI-Compendex, Mathematical Reviews, DBLP, Google Scholar.
Click here for more information about the programme, registration and venue.
Combining Archaeology, History, and New Technologies
The conference aims to enhance the collaboration between historians and archaeologists and related disciplines using new technologies and to showcase best practice applications in multidisciplinary research.
When: 8-10 November 2017
Where: the Museen der Stadt Wien – Stadtarchäologie, in Vienna, Austria.
- Application of effective 3D-methods for the reconstruction of buildings, integrating archaeological excavation data with historical sources including images, thus increasing our understanding of the past
- Additional digital methods for the combined visualisation of archaeological and historical data (e.g. monitoring changes and preservation of archaeological monuments based on historical images).
- Application of new technologies to assess the archaeological record based on historical data (maps, tax returns, inventories, ship wreck lists, etc.) and/or combining historical sources and archaeological data in a geographical information system for recording the history of urban or rural landscapes.
- Games, apps, and teaching software integrating archaeological and historical knowledge
- Historical data as a basis for checking or validating digital tools applied in archaeology and vice versa.
- Dealing with inscriptions (including cuneiform, hieroglyphs and symbols): digital methods for enhancing readability (e.g. Reflectance Transformation Imaging), pattern recognition of letters or pictograms, comparison of hand writing (same author?).
- Statistical analysis investigating the correlation between historical place names and archaeological evidence.
Click here for Programme Overview
The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists’ (CIfA) Information Management Special Interest Group (IMSIG) will be hosting a workshop on creating data management plans on Wednesday 29 November.
Location: Comfort Inn, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY (a 6-minute walk from Birmingham New Street train station)
Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided. Registration will open at 10:30 with the event running from 11-3 with a break in the middle for the AGM over lunch.
Data Management – a Life Cycle Approach
The workshop will be built around a series of interactive exercises where participants will investigate a set of data to find the clues they need to populate a data management plan and develop metadata. Participants will re-name the data by applying our file-naming convention and save the data into our MORPHE based folder structure. As the clues come together and the limits of what can be done are reached we hope the exercise will help participants understand the consequences of leaving data management and archiving to the end of projects and why it is essential to adopt a life cycle approach. This workshop will use the ADAPt (Archaeological Digital Archiving Protocol) developed by Claire Tsang and Hugh Corley to support the Excavation & Analysis Teams at Historic England as presented at last year’s CIfA Conference.
The DCH2017 Interdisciplinary Conference on Digital Cultural Heritage takes place at Berlin, Staatsbibliothek Berlin, August 30- September 01, 2017.
Conference topics will cover technical challenges as well as strategic guidance.
- raise awareness in Society, Science, and Technology fields about importance of the cultural dimensions and the growing potential of Digital Cultural Heritage;
- promote innovative content analysis from cross-organizational interoperability of digital humanities databases and XML methods, techniques, and approaches;
- indicate on the central role of spatial concepts enabling synergy for knowledge generation from massive granular digital cultural heritage content;
- create innovative cross-disciplines / cross sectors partnerships facilitate intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue;
- elaborate roles and interest of information society.
The conference is organised by CODATA Germany