AIA-7J: Archaeological Digital Scholarship: Impact and Inquiry (Workshop)

  In-Person   AIA Session   Workshop

Sponsored by:

AIA Digital Archaeological Interest Group (DAIG)


Nathaniel Durant, Husson University; and David Massey, Indiana University


Deidre Brin, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA; Jon Frey, Michigan State University; Gabriele Guidi, Indiana University; Matthew Notarian, Hiram College; Leigh Liberman, Open Context; and Rachel Starry, University of Pittsburgh Library System


While in-print articles, books, and monographs have long been one of the standard forms of publication for archeological discoveries and discourse, recently the push to acknowledge digital archeological work has become more and more pronounced. This emphasis placed on both the rise and importance of digital contributions within and among the archeological community is best exemplified by the 2018 AIA addendum on digital scholarship that validated both the publication and dissemination of digital materials for university tenure and promotion. This workshop aims to explore how digital scholarship has expanded during these last six years by assembling a panel of interdisciplinary scholars with ties to university hiring committees, academic journals, and other pertinent fields.

The aims of this workshop include examining the impact of the 2018 addendum to digital scholarship at large, the need for accessibility to digital materials for both university and independent researchers and the steps that can be taken to address these concerns, the ethics of digital archaeological work, and the academic weight and recognition placed on specific forms of digital scholarship. Additionally, this workshop will explore the impact of digital scholarship and how this impact can be measured both within wider scholarship as well as within academic promotion, retention, and tenure. In addition to discussion by the panels and attendees, the Digital Archaeological Interest Group is collecting data by survey on how scholars and academics view and present digital archaeological scholarship in both their own resumes as well as that of others.