Working Group on Open Data in Archaeology

Stefano Costa
Wed Mar 3 08:52:28 CET 2010

Dear friends and colleagues,
We would like to invite you to join a new Working Group on Open Data
in Archaeology:

The new Working Group is part of the Open Knowledge Foundation [1], a
not-for-profit organisation founded in 2004 and dedicated to promoting
open data, open content and the digital public domain [2] - from
sonnets to statistics, genes to geodata. Please let me know if you would
like to join at your earliest convenience.

Also, you are encouraged to forward this announcement to any other
person who might be interested. I will be sending it to some
well-known international mailing lists, but please consider also
involving existing local communities of archaeologists (and others) that
already aware of the importance of open data.

The idea came out after I discovered the Comprehensive Knowledge
Archive Network [3], an OKF project defined as “Debian of data”.
There are already a few packages there tagged “archaeology” [4] and it
will be interesting to see how many open data resources are already
available in our field. Then the working group purpose is going to be
promoting best practices for making data open.

I'm really looking forward this working group as a major opportunity
for bringing the freedom and opportunities of open data into
archaeological research and resource management.

Best regards,


Stefano Costa

Coordinator, Working Group on Open Data in Archaeology
The Open Knowledge Foundation
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