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The Current State of the Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA)

Author(s): Stephen Yerka ; Joshua Wells ; David G. Anderson ; Sarah Whitcher Kansa ; Eric Kansa

Year: 2017

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The Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA) is expanding from its initial proof-of-concept phase, scaling to a truly continental effort. As a linked open data hub for information related to archaeological sites, DINAA interoperates governmental, research, and archival information sets about hundreds of thousands of archaeological sites. Although DINAA links archaeological information at a scale that was not feasible even a decade ago, its greater strengths come from a commitment to open data and open source ethics, collaboration, and multi-stakeholder partnerships. DINAA's loose coupling of networked information forms an index through which archaeological researchers as well as the public can communicate and query disciplinary knowledge about the past, making archived data, physical collections, and documentation more readily discoverable through spatial, temporal, and cultural contexts. The project also aims to support the heritage management efforts of sovereign Tribal and other government officials. This poster reports on the current state of DINAA, highlighting current work supported by both the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The poster illustrates methods to network archaeological data on a continental scale, and highlights some of the successes in building a database "by community" instead of "by committee."


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The Current State of the Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA). Stephen Yerka, Joshua Wells, David G. Anderson, Sarah Whitcher Kansa, Eric Kansa. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432137)


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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