publication . Article . 2012

A new Digital Dark Age? Collaborative web tools, social media and long-term preservation

Stuart Jeffrey;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2012 Journal: World Archaeology, volume 44, pages 553-570 (issn: 0043-8243, eissn: 1470-1375, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
This paper examines the impact of exciting new approaches to open data sharing, collaborative web tools and social media on the sustainability of archaeological data. The archiving, reuse and re-analysis of data is often considered intrinsic to archaeological practice, not least because of the destructive nature of excavation. The idea that the pace of adoption of new digital technologies can outstrip the development of the infrastructure required for sustainable access to its outputs, ultimately leading to the loss of data, is sometimes referred to as the ‘Digital Dark Age’ problem. While strenuous efforts have been made to address this issue, the recent rapid ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Archaeology, General Earth and Planetary Sciences
Related Organizations
Communities
Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
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