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Podcasts as Archaeological Digital Preservation

Author(s): Chris Webster ; Tristan Boyle

Year: 2017

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Archaeologists are increasingly collecting and storing archaeological data in a digital format. While a lot of time and effort has been spent on the HOW of digital information collection, little time has been spent on the other side - public outreach. An archaeologist's job is only half complete when the digital data are safely stored on multiple servers and in an archival format. If no one knows about it did it ever really matter? Podcasts are typically free and are accessible by everyone with the ability to hear. They are easy to create, store, and disseminate. The Archaeology Podcast Network has gone from a few thousand to over 30,000 monthly subscribers in just over two years - proving that the general public WANTS to know about what we're collecting and storing. Since podcasts are inherently digital, they can be preserved as the audio record of the collected digital information.


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Podcasts as Archaeological Digital Preservation. Chris Webster, Tristan Boyle. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431585)


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