publication . Article . 2012

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

Stuart Jeffrey;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2012
  • Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
  • Country: United Kingdom
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 ...
free text keywords: Archaeology, General Earth and Planetary Sciences, Sustainability, World Wide Web, Open data, Pace, Reuse, Social media, Digital preservation, Excavation, Computer science
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Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
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