Digital Archiving for Archaeological Projects

Author(s): Leigh Anne Ellison

Year: 2017


Despite a growing awareness of the need to properly care for digital information generated through past and current archaeological research, many archaeologists remain uncertain of ‘best practices’ in digital curation. As a result, it is not uncommon to leave consideration for the long term care of digital information to the very last step in a project. At that point, proper care can seem overwhelming. In this poster we outline simple steps for preparing (and budgeting) for digital archiving before research begins, tracking digital files while research is ongoing, making decisions about what types of information to archive, and identifying characteristics of a good digital repository. We will also use real world examples from tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record) to illustrate how researchers are preserving their digital materials for access and future use.

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Digital Archiving for Archaeological Projects. Leigh Anne Ellison. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429404)

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Abstract Id(s): 17461