Building an anti-colonial digital archaeology through FAIR and CARE data governance principles

Dr. Neha Gupta

University of British Columbia, Canada

8 May 2024 17.30-18.30 BST

Growing numbers of archaeologists are interested in implementing data governance principles such as FAIR and CARE in archaeology and digital heritage. The FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) and CARE (Collective Benefit, Authority to Control, Responsibility, Ethics) data governance principles have the potential to transform the way archaeology is practised. In this talk, I will present research with Westbank First Nation archaeologists that enacts Indigenous Data Governance principles in archaeology and digital heritage, and preliminary research to build FAIR+CARE practices for cultural heritage in American archaeology. I will discuss how contextualizing data practice can help build an anti-colonial digital archaeology.

About the presenter

Dr. Neha Gupta is an Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Neha’s research programme examines and addresses geospatial and digital methods in postcolonial, decolonial, anti-colonial and Indigenous studies of heritage and archaeology. Research interests include geovisualization and GIS, place-based heritage, data practice, community governance of data, anti-racism and archaeology in India and Canada. Neha builds and expands on these interests through DARE, a research lab at UBC Okanagan.