CALL FOR SHORT PAPER
Organiser: Carmen LÖW, Austria
When we speak about ‘data’ in archaeology, we usually refer to the research data produced by excavations and field surveys. But there is another category of data in archeology, social data, that has so far received too little attention. Archaeologists who work in museums, for example, might know about market research data, originating from e.g. visitor questionnaires, that is used to understand which people might be interested in archeology and specific archaeological topics, but most archaeologists will be unaware of the usefulness of such data Also, data from media analyses, that enable a targeted and controlled work with journalists, are rarely used in a professional capacity by archeologists.
In addition, the use of data that arise when we communicate on the Internet, is becoming more and more important – a new challenge for all of us, as was already mentioned during the CHNT 2015 with regard to Twitter. How shall we deal with the often high-quality content in proprietary media? What kind of data is it, precisely, that originates in network communications on our own websites or in social media? Postings on Facebook or Twitter often represent considerable effort, but have a short online lifespan. Are these worth to be collected and archived? Is it possible to reuse them, and if so, in what way? How can we handle individual postings and the potential discussions following a post? Do we have to preserve everything, or is it possible to identify certain parameters, to separate the valuable content from unneeded ‘junk’ data?
The speakers of this session should be aware of the challenges posed by the social data deluge of the Communication Age, and should present ideas about how to address them.
Participants are invited to submit papers for short presentation (five to eight minutes). The speakers of this session should be aware of the challenges posed by the social data deluge of the Communication Age, and should present ideas about how to address them.