Archaeological Research Methods and Practices SIG announces 2nd Expert Forum

The Expert Forum on The future of archaeological knowledge curation 2021-2026, will take place on 16-17 June 2016 in Athens. It is being organized by the Digital Curation Unit, IMIS-Athena Research Centre, and co-organized with the Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto and the Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business.

The Forum seeks to take forward the work of last year's successful Expert Forum where extensive evidence was gathered from last year's discussions (more than fifty pages of highly relevant input from participant contributions). The output will contribute to the SIG's report on the future of digital archaeological practice, providing an evidence-based view on future requirements of digital research infrastructures. 

The future of archaeological knowledge curation 2021-2026 aims to unite an international community of researchers in a constructive debate on the use of digital technology to ensure the future value of pre-existing archaeological knowledge through further curation, access and reuse. In tandem with organized archaeological databases, corpora and repositories it will reflect on the future of past excavation data and archives, commercial archaeology reports, archaeological museum collections, corpora and gazetteers, historical and ethnographic testimonies, grey literature, and visualizations of archaeological entities. It will seek to synthesize the experiences, know-how and insights of participants on how to address the growing curation crisis in archaeology in an increasingly pervasive networked digital environment, and on the challenges faced and opportunities offered by digital infrastructures  in the next 5-10 years. The viewpoints invited are multi-disciplinary and diverse, ranging from academic researchers to practitioners, and from archaeologists to specialists in information, archival science, computer science, and science and technology studies. ARIADNE is looking for informed and thoughtful contributions to an interactive process, rather than for a pre-prepared formal talk or conference paper. The active participation of the ARIADNE community will be valuable in shaping this emerging picture and external participants are also warmly welcomed. Please contact Costis Dallas (c.dallas@dcu.gr) or Nephelie Chatzidiakou (n.chatzidiakou@dcu.gr) who is in charge of managing the process,  for further information.

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