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PIDBA (Paleoindian Database of the Americas): Long term Collaborative Research at International Scales

Author(s): David Anderson ; David Echeverry ; D. Shane Miller ; Stephen Yerka

Year: 2017

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Compiling and making accessible primary archaeological data from multiple sources and across large areas is one of the grand challenges facing archaeology in the twenty-first century. The Paleoindian Database of the Americas (PIDBA) has been operating for over 25 years to make Paleoindian data openly accessible online to all interested parties. Data from more than 100 scholars, including locational data on over 30,000 projectile points, has been made available in digital form that has been variously used for analyses and display. PIDBA serves as a model for collaborative interaction between professional and avocational archaeological communities across the Americas. Analytical challenges include rendering data from disparate sources interoperable, assuring the security of sensitive data, and maintaining networks of researchers providing information. PIDBA is now linked with DINAA, making the information within it even more widely accessible, and hopefully it, or a data source something like it, will continue to exist long into the future.

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PIDBA (Paleoindian Database of the Americas): Long term Collaborative Research at International Scales. David Anderson, David Echeverry, D. Shane Miller, Stephen Yerka. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429459)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16307

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America