Caring for Digital Data in the 21st Century

Title: Caring for Digital Data in the 21st Century:  tDAR, a Domain Repository for Cultural Heritage Data

Abstract: Hundreds of thousands of archaeological investigations in the United States conducted over the last several decades have documented a large portion of the recovered archaeological record in the United States. However, if we are to use this enormous corpus to achieve richer understandings of the past, it is essential that both CRM and academic archaeologists change how they manage their digital documents and data over the course of a project and how this information is preserved for future use. We explore the nature and scope of the problem and describe how it can be addressed. In particular, we argue that project workflows must ensure that the documents and data are fully documented and deposited in a publicly accessible, digital repository where they can be discovered, accessed, and reused to enable new insights and build cumulative knowledge.

Francis Pierce-McManamon

Francis Pierce-McManamon

Bio: Frank McManamon is the Founding Director of the Center for Digital Antiquity (Digital Antiquity) and Research Professor in the School for Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC.) Digital Antiquity is devoted to improving the access to archaeological and cultural heritage data and documents and ensuring their long term preservation and availability for current and future uses.

Before joining ASU in November, 2009, he was the chief archeologist of the National Park Service and departmental consulting archeologist for the Department of the Interior (DoI) in Washington, D.C. Professor McManamon has been involved in the development of policy, regulations, and guidance for public archaeology in National Park system and throughout the government. He has special interests and expertise in archaeological resource management, the long-term access to and preservation of archaeological data, laws and regulations related to cultural resource management and historic preservation, and public outreach and education about archaeology and archaeological resources.

He represented the DoI in providing technical assistance for the Kennewick Man case and provided archaeological advice for the General Services Administration on the New York City African Burial Ground project. He served as an expert member of official United States delegations to UNESCO negotiations on illegal artifact trafficking and the protection of underwater archeological resources.  In October, 2018, he was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior as a member of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Review Committee, a federal advisory committee that assists the National Park Service and Department of the Interior in administering the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) of 1990.

He has conducted archeological investigations in eastern North America, western Europe, and Micronesia.