Is Digital Always Better? Metrics for Evaluating and Understanding Digital Methods

Author(s): Teresa Ingalls; Danny Gregory

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

"Paperless archaeology" is becoming increasingly normal. Professionals in both academic and corporate spheres have turned to digital methodology as a means to organize and manage their projects and collect data. Normal field equipment now includes tablets and laptops using customized databases, apps for creating spatial data on site, digital cameras, and a host of pre-loaded digital reference materials for field use. But how do we measure the success of implementing a digital methodology? How do we know that the digital way of doing things is a better way? In this presentation, we will look at the digital methods we’ve implemented at New South Associates and discuss the metrics we are developing to quantify their effectiveness. While we are just beginning to track these metrics, we believe understanding and measuring our digital initiative is key to both meeting our business objectives as a CRM company and ensuring that we manage the archaeological resources to the best of our ability.

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Is Digital Always Better? Metrics for Evaluating and Understanding Digital Methods. Teresa Ingalls, Danny Gregory. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450160)

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