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Promise and Challenge of Archaeological Data Integration

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Using new technologies and collaborating with an international coalition of scholars, we seek to build an archaeological information infrastructure that will allow archaeologists to archive, access, integrate, and mine disparate datasets in order for archaeology to approach its potential to provide long term, scientific understandings of human history.

A team of ASU archaeologists and computer scientists has initiated an effort to implement a cyberinfrastructure for archaeology. Using new technologies and collaborating with an international coalition of scholars, we seek to build an archaeological information infrastructure that will allow archaeologists to archive, access, integrate, and mine disparate datasets in order for archaeology to approach its potential to provide long term, scientific understandings of human history.

New technologies in information integration will enable archaeologists 1) to work at scales not currently possible to answer pressing questions that cannot now be addressed due to a lack of effective access to existing data; 2) to foster the development of a new paradigm of integrative and synthetic research; 3) to scale and integrate archaeological data so that they can be used to address compelling questions in other disciplines; and 4) to sustain the scientific utility of existing digital data that are critically endangered by media degradation, software obsolescence, and inadequate data documentation (metadata).

Presentations and Events:
Workshop in December 2004, Santa Barbara, California

Funding Source:
National Science Foundation ($100,000)

School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Keith Kintigh, Principal Investigator
Arleyn Simon, Principal Investigator
Ben Nelson, Principal Investigator
Charles Redman, Principal Investigator
David Abbott, Principal Investigator
George Cowgill, Principal Investigator
Katherine Spielmann, Principal Investigator
Margaret Nelson, Principal Investigator
Michelle Hegmon, Principal Investigator
Peter McCartney, Principal Investigator
Sander van der Leeuw, Principal Investigator
Jodi Sarda, Staff Support
Other ASU Collaborators
Ann Kinzig, Principal Investigator, School of Life Sciences
Chitta Baral, Principal Investigator, Computer Science and Engineering
Hasan Davulcu, Principal Investigator, Computer Science and Engineering
Huan Liu, Principal Investigator, Computer Science and Engineering
K. Sel├žuk Candan, Principal Investigator, Computer Science and Engineering
Marty Anderies, Principal Investigator, School of Life Sciences
Subbarao Kambhampati, Principal Investigator, Computer Science and Engineering