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Upload & Contribute to tDAR

Documents

  • PDF Documents (.pdf)
  • Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)
  • Rich Text Documents (.rtf)
  • Plain Text Documents (.txt)
Examples Reports of archaeological field investigations, articles presentations, field or lab notes, catalogs, dissertations or theses, collections and historical research, and historical documents about archaeological resources, research projects, and organizations

Images

  • Tagged Image File Format (.tiff, .tif)
  • JPEG Image (.jpg, .jpeg)
  • Portable Network Graphics (.png)
  • Other (.bmp, .gif, .pict)
Examples Images and illustrations of archaeological resources or related to archaeological investigations

Data Sets

  • Comma Separated Values (.csv)
  • Tab Separated Values (.tab)
  • Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlsx)
  • Microsoft Access (.accdb, .mdb)
Examples Spreadsheets, databases, and coding sheets that describe archaeological data sets about artifacts, features, sites, or other archaeological phenomenon

Geospatial Data

  • Shapefiles
  • Georectified images (GeoTIFF & GeoJPG)
  • Geodatabases
Examples Spatial Data about archaeological resources, e.g.: Maps

Virtual

  • Remote Sensing Files
  • 3D Scans
Examples Data about archaeological resources collected by various sensors, e.g., GPS, GIS, Resisitivity, GPR, and various sonar instruments

Preservation Packages Start Now Redeem Voucher

$10: Small

  • 1 File
  • 10 MB

$100: Medium

  • 10 Files
  • 100 MB

$500: Large

  • 100 Files
  • 1 GB

Confidentiality & Access Rights

Should you have sensitive materials, you have a number of options for protecting it in tDAR:
  • Redaction of Lat/Long or coordinate information
  • Limiting access to designated users
  • Marking files as confidential
  • Embargoing access to materials for 4 years
Once a file ismarked as confidential or is embargoed, only users you specify can view or download files.

Things to Consider

As you collect your data and digital documents, keep these important things in mind:
  • File naming conventions: Make it easy to distinguish different stages, drafts of documents, spreadsheets, databases, etc. Provide the most complete and recent set of data for long-term preservation and access.
  • Back up files: Don’t lose important data and have to recreate them.
  • Protection: Separate potentially confidential information.
  • Once marked as confidential or embargoed, only users you specify can view or download files.
  • Consistency is key.
What to put into tDAR:
  • various kinds of documents, e.g., reports of archaeological field investigations, articles and presentations, field or lab notes, catalogs, dissertations or theses, collections and historical research, and historical documents and correspondence about archaeological resources, research projects, and organizations;
  • spreadsheets, databases, and coding sheets that describe archaeological data sets about artifacts, features, sites, or other archaeological phenomenon;
  • photographs, maps, and illustrations of archaeological resources or related to archaeological investigations; and,
  • data about archaeological resources collected by various sensors, e.g., GPS, GIS, Resisitivity, GPR, and various sonar instruments.
Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America