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Public Archaeology Notes

I wanted to share a pretty great newsletter relating to public archaeology with you – Public Archaeology Notes. ‘Public Archaeology Notes is a volunteer, collaborative effort by a consortium of individuals representing the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), the SAA’s Public Education Committee (PEC), the PEC’s Network of State Coordinators, the SAA’s Public Archaeology Interest Group (PAIG), the American Institute of Archaeology (AIA), and others.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (Office Closing 20th Dec.)

The DPC would like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all its members and friends, thanking you for your support in 2016.  It's been a very busy year, with highlights including the launch of the 2nd edition of the Digital Preservation Handbook; the relaunch of our training series 'Getting Started' and 'Making Progress'; a new invitation to commercial supporters, the explicit encouragment of memberships outside of the UK, and a celebration of the 2016 Digital Preservation Awards.

Mapping covered paints with Transmittance spectroscopy and transmitted multispectral imaging

How to identify and map covered paints on translucent support, such as canvases? We just published:  A. Cosentino “Transmittance spectroscopy and transmitted multispectral imaging to map covered paints” Conservar Património 24, 37-45, 2016. doi:10.14568/cp2015021 Transmitted spectroscopy and transmitted multispectral imaging in the 400-900 nm range have been applied for the mapping and tentatively [...

Political Strategies for the EAA

How do you change the world of archeology? Practice, practice, practice. To borrow from the punch line of the The Carnegie Hall joke. The European Association of Archaeologists is the pan-European society of professional archaeologists and over the decades they have been working hard to change archaeology. At their most recent conference in Vilnius, there was a session on what some of their working parties have been doing/trying to accomplish.

20-minute survey on file format conformity checking for PREFORMA

The PREFORMA project (PREservation FORMAts for culture information/e-archives) team need your input. Please take this 20-minute survey about your instiution's file format conformity checking. The PREFORMA project works on one of the main challenges memory institutions are facing nowadays: the long-term preservation of digital data. This issue is also important for LIBER’s community.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees are looking for an Associate Archivist in Digital Preservation

Title: Associate Archivist (Digital Preservation) Job ID: 13345 Location: Europe Contract type: Full-time Closing date: Tuesday, 27 December 2016 (midnight Geneva time) Vacancy Announcement The Archives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees exists to make the experience of UNHCR, as embodied in its records and related materials, available to guide and assist the Organization in planning and conducting its activities, and to provide information to meet the research needs...

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees are looking for an Associate Archivist in Digital Preservation

Title: Associate Archivist (Digital Preservation) Job ID: 13345 Location: Europe Contract type: Full-time Closing date: Tuesday, 27 December 2016 (midnight Geneva time) Vacancy Announcement The Archives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees exists to make the experience of UNHCR, as embodied in its records and related materials, available to guide and assist the Organization in planning and conducting its activities, and to provide information to meet the research needs...

Live tweeting

The CAA International will be live tweeting from the Theoretical Archaeology Conference at Southampton from the digiTAG2 session on Tuesday. Check @CAA_Int in Twitter.

Mobility and Archaeology

As I read Tim Cresswell’s 2006 book on mobility: Tim Cresswell’s On the Move: Mobility in the Modern Western World (Routledge 2006), I couldn’t help but think of Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future, the most recent book published by the Digital Press at the University of North Dakota.   The idea conveyed by the title, Mobilizing the Past, is that by using mobile devices from iPads to phones to drones and digital cameras allows the past to become mobile. This is a significant idea.

Archaeology in schools: promoting archaeology as a key learning tool within the national curricula

Other than a few pockets of good examples, around the world archaeology is almost always absent from formal education until one makes it to University. History will be taught and archaeology gets a mention as part of that e.g. ‘archaeologists tell us blah, blah’ but actually archaeology is almost never taught. There was a session at the CIfA conference that looked at archaeology in the classroom, mainly primary age. We video recorded it and you can see the videos below.

OAIS Review: Deadlines Approaching

The deadline for sending submissions on changes in the OAIS standard to the official CCSDS channel (http://review.oais.info/) is 31 december 2016 and is approaching fast. If you in the past added some suggestions for change to the DPC OAIS Community wiki, we would like to draw your attention to the following: The DPC OAIS Community Wiki now has a page where proposals can be discussed before they are officially submitted to the OAIS 2012 review process: http://wiki.dpconline.org/index.

Beyond interpretivism but where?

What comes after interpretivism, dichotomisation of the social and technological, is sociomaterialism, ANT, activity theory, or something else the answer to the theoretical headache of trying to figure out what happens out there with different types of things, independent of them being something or non-something, or attempting to hold back the lure of making dichotomies, merely something.

The limits of the Roman limes

Roman studies are all over network science! In particular the team behind the ‘Finding the limits of the Limes’ project at the VU Amsterdam. They’ve been doing some really cool network analyses of Roman socio-economic and transport networks. Next month they will be hosting a major conference.

Copythorne RTI

Continuing with the results of our RTI project with the New Forest Park Authority, where we have completed a number of captures at Emery Down, Burley and Minstead, Archaeovision spent a day at St Mary’s Church in Copythorne capturing a number of gravestones. The church site dates its origin to 1834, with the first church being constructed due to the increase of inhabitants in the Parish of Eling for those who the Parish Church at Eling could not accommodate.

University of Glasgow advertises a Studentship in Digital Preservation and Veterinary Public Health

PhD Studentship to support: ‘Counting sheep and other amazing creatures: managing animal surveillance to invigorate intelligent response to animal disease outbreaks'. The deadline is 12 noon, Friday 13 January 2017 About the Project Contingency planning for exotic disease outbreaks has been at the top of the agendas for UK & Scottish government policy makers, the livestock industry, and the public, after the animal disease outbreaks in the recent past (e.g.