TETRARCHs at CAA Auckland

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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!

      Project Meeting

      TEtrARCHs Kick-off in York

      TEtrARCHs partners in front of the King's Manor, home of the Department of Archaeology at the project kick-off meeting in November, 2022.
      TEtrARCHs partners in front of the King’s Manor, home of the Department of Archaeology at the project kick-off meeting in November, 2022.

      The Archaeology Data Service and the Department of Archaeology welcomed the TEtrARCHs Partners to York on 3-4 November, 2022. Some partners had worked together in previous projects, while others were meeting each other for the first time.

      The meeting began with the usual welcome and introductions, but with the additional question: What is one thing we should know about you that will help you to thrive in the project?

      The Partners then participated in the activity Going beyond the state of the art: scholarly inspirations, creative vision, pushing on the boundaries of current research & practice. Everyone prepared three slides and gave a short presentation on the current research scholarship, creative practice or other inspirations that have influenced where they would like to go / how they would like to reshape the research and professional landscape through the TEtrARCHs project. Please drop your slides here in advance of your presentation.

      As the Department of Archaeology has a strong Digital Archaeology research focus, the Partners then headed to the weekly Digital Lunch held within the Department Presentation of TEtrARCHs to participate in the Digital Lunch Seminar Series organised by The Digital Archaeology & Heritage Lab (DAH LAB). Holly Wright presented the project in the hybrid seminar, with all partners participating and interacting with in-person and online attendees. The presentation is available here.

      After lunch, workpackage leaders highlighted aspects of their workpackages, including where they will need to work, and with whom they will need to collaborate and realise their tasks and deliverables.

      The major activities for the second day included a values setting for the Project. The Partners considered what values they would like to see underlie TEtrARCHs, and their work together in break-out groups and all together, to agree on a handful that could guide the work on the Project.

      The meeting closed with a planning discussion for the activities and potential case studies for the first year of the project, a review of action points from the meeting, and final wrap-up and meeting evaluation.