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Hiding in plain sight: Understanding data reuse at the Archaeology Data Service

KL Seaton

University of York, UK

12 June 2024, 16.30-17.30 BST

In the current research landscape, there is an emphasis on ensuring that digital data is made openly available so others can use it. The European Union has spent more than a decade investing in the aggregation and interoperability of heritage data, ensuring that data can be accessed and used. Despite this investment, current perceptions are that archaeological data is not being reused. Using the Archaeology Data Service as a case study has demonstrated that archaeological data is being reused, just not in the way we expected. This presentation will present a comprehensive analysis of the available evidence of the reuse of archaeological data archived with the ADS, providing the quantitative data that has been lacking in the current critiques of our practice.

About the presenter

KL Seaton is currently a doctoral student at the University of York studying the use and reuse of digital archaeological data. Using the Archaeology Data Service as a case study, the fragmented landscape of data reuse is being examined to challenge current assumptions that archaeological data is not being reused.