Promise and paradox: accessing open data in archaeology

Huggett, J. (2014) Promise and paradox: accessing open data in archaeology. In: Mills, C., Pidd, M. and Ward, E. (eds.) Proceedings of the Digital Humanities Congress 2012. Series: Studies in the Digital Humanities. HRI Online Publications: Sheffield.

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Increasing access to open data raises challenges, amongst the most important of which is the need to understand the context of the data that are delivered to the screen. Data are situated, contingent, and incomplete: they have histories which relate to their origins, their purpose, and their modification. These histories have implications for the subsequent appropriate use of those data but are rarely available to the data consumer. This paper argues that just as data need metadata to make them discoverable, so they also need provenance metadata as a means of seeking to capture their underlying theory-laden, purpose-laden and process-laden character.

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Keywords:open data, open access, paradata, data provenance, provenance metadata
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Huggett, Dr Jeremy
Authors: Huggett, J.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Publisher:HRI Online Publications
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