An Open Context for Archaeology
Open Context aims to help fill this gap by providing open access data publication services for archeology. Open Context has a flexible and generalized technical architecture that can accommodate most archaeological datasets, despite the lack of common recording systems or other documentation standards. Open Context includes a variety of tools to make data dissemination easier and more worthwhile. Authorship is clearly identified through citation tools, a web-based publication systems enables individuals upload their own data for review, and collaboration is facilitated through easy download and other features.
While we have demonstrated a potentially valuable approach for data sharing, we face significant challenges in scaling Open Context up for serving large quantities of data from multiple projects. This talk will explore future work with commercial service providers, including Metaweb to expand these efforts with a much more robust data sharing infrastructure.