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WTF do API, JSON, CSV, and LOD mean? Instruction and professional development in digital archaeology

Author(s): Sarah Whitcher Kansa ; Shawn Graham ; Eric Kansa

Year: 2017

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Digital data play increasingly prominent roles in archaeological research. At the same time, the Web has become the key medium for professional and public communication including the transmission of research data. The "Web of Data" represents a fundamental paradigm change. Increasingly, data are no longer packaged in discrete files (spreadsheets, database files) for download. Instead, many datasets come from dynamic information services (APIs, or Application Program Interfaces) and link with other data on the Web using Linked Open Data (LOD). While these services have the potential to transform our ability to visualize and understand data, many people are still struggling to move beyond basic use of spreadsheets. We present case studies from the 2015-2016 Michigan State University Institute for Digital Archaeology (#MUSDAI) and the 2016 Open Context & Carleton University Prize for Archaeological Visualization to highlight how self-expression and building can promote data literacy and better professional practice.

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WTF do API, JSON, CSV, and LOD mean? Instruction and professional development in digital archaeology. Sarah Whitcher Kansa, Shawn Graham, Eric Kansa. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431662)


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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