DIG: Digital Information Gateway to Sustainable Reuse

Author(s): Deidre Whitmore; Willeke Wendrich

Year: 2018


Archaeological data are a form of at-risk cultural heritage, because they are the only record of an excavation. As a research community that deals with often irreplaceable datasets and continuing threats to records and sources, archaeologists regularly reuse data, despite these datasets frequently being locked in printed tables and appendices. DIG, the Digital Information Gateway from the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, aims to facilitate reuse by publishing research data within the context of monographs and in sharable formats with the information needed to understand and reuse these data. Creating a sustainable workflow is imperative to DIG. The team has developed a handful of tools to assist with the collection and review of metadata and documentation while authors are engaged with the Press in preparing their manuscript. Additionally, this project builds on the community's increasing interest to preserve datasets (i.e. tDAR, ADS) in an effort to incorporate emerging preservation practices into the evolving scholarly publication framework. All data published on DIG are deposited in repositories. The platform's architecture is designed to support interoperability with existing repositories while modular metadata schemata and Linked Open Data standards provide the flexibility to adapt to new technologies and changes in the research community.

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DIG: Digital Information Gateway to Sustainable Reuse. Deidre Whitmore, Willeke Wendrich. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444054)

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Abstract Id(s): 18849