TETRARCHs at CAA Auckland

CAA Auckland Banner

TETRARCHs will be represented at the Computer Applications in Archaeology International Conference 8-12 April, 2024. Organised by The University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau and the Australasian chapter of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, there are a wide range of excellent sessions, including S22: The Ethics of Open Data organised by Leigh Anne Lieberman (Open Context / Princeton University), Melissa Cradic, (Open Context) and Sarah W. Kansa, (Open Context). TETRARCHs will have two papers in this session.

TETRARCHs partner Holly Wright (University of York) will be presenting:

Reimagining Archaeological Data Management Workflows through the Lens of Reuse (14:20-14:40 on 9 April)


The Archaeology Data Service (ADS) is a CoreTrustSeal accredited archive for digital archaeological data, and a world leader in the
development of best practice and standards development in this domain, but the advent of the FAIR Principles and their application by the ADS has led to changes in the way we think about how we manage our own data workflows. In particular, the idea that all four principles require equal engagement. While the ADS has worked
hard to ensure the data we hold is Findable, Accessible and Interoperable, FAIR has shown us we need to better understand both how our data is Reused, and how to better engage with broader
user communities to ensure we can respond to their needs.
The ADS is working to meet this challenge in a range of ways, but particularly through participation as partners in Transforming Data
Reuse in Archaeology (TETRARCHs). This three year project, funded under the CHANSE ERANET Co-fund programme (which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under Grant Agreement no 101004509), is experimenting with new approaches to collecting archaeological
data and using that data for storytelling in ways that are meaningful for diverse audiences. This experimentation is also looking at new
approaches to how to better communicate the value of cultural heritage to people who may not see its value, and better support data creators in communicating the value of their work more
directly, as a counterbalance to the ways this information is often misused both socially and politically. To do so, TETRARCHs is creating new workflows for collecting and managing archaeology and
heritage data. This includes examining how archaeological processes in the field, the lab and the archive can be changed to support storytelling with the data, and these workflows are being
developed in partnership with an interdisciplinary team of archaeological specialists, data scientists and museum practitioners, alongside three key audiences: domain experts, creative practitioners, and memory institutions. TETRARCHs is experimenting with archaeological data collection at three different scales as well:
landscapes, single sites, and individual objects, using four increasingly common technologies for data capture: airborne LiDAR, 3D scanning,
digital field drawing and photography. Once the workflows are complete, TETRARCHs will test them by supporting people who work in creative fields to develop new stories and other imaginative works using archaeological data. These new workflows have implications for how this data is managed by archives such as ADS. What changes would be necessary for our workflows to accommodate a much broader understanding of reuse, as defined and developed by the TETRARCHs Project? Do these workflows conflict with the way we must work in order to preserve our accreditation? What aspects could be easily incorporated into our workflows, and what aspects would require longer-term changes to our way of working? How do we balance the time and effort necessary to make these changes with the demands of a busy archive? How does engaging with a project like TETRARCHs help the ADS meet its mission? How replicable and useful are these changes across the archaeological data management domain? This paper will explore these questions and present the results of the ADS partnership in TETRARCHs thus far. It also represents an opportunity for CAA members to give feedback on the progress and direction of this work, as TETRARCHs moves towards its final year.

Please join us if you are in Auckland!