Archaeological Standards and Guidance – What are they for and who sets them?
The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) held an online discussion on this topic on 10-11 May 2017. Key questions covered:
- A new vision for 2017 and beyond? Is the Southport vision is still relevant? Can we construct a new vision for 2017 and beyond? What outcomes do we want to achieve and what should standards therefore contain?
- Roles and responsibilities – who sets standards? Many organisations are involved in producing standards and guidance; do we yet have a common understanding about roles and responsibilities or are we all competing with each other? Who should lead on what?
- New thinking on methodology and standards – how do we capitalise on the lessons of synthesis projects, and translate them into professional practice?
- How much should we be prescribing methods as opposed to seeking outcomes?
- Should improving standards make our work more cost-effective or will they add cost?
For more information about this discussion and links to current initiatives within data standards compilation, see: http://www.archaeologists.net/archaeological-standards-and-guidance-what-are-they-and-who-sets-them-online-discussion-10%E2%80%9311-may