Workshop with short papers

Organizers: David BIBBY | Manuela FISCHER, Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart, Germany | Christoph BLESL, Federal Monuments Authority, Vienna, Austria | Günter MÜHLBERGER, University of Innsbruck, Austria | Martina TROGNITZ | Christoph HOFFMANN, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Description of the workshop: An archaeological archive functions as repository for excavation data resulting from situations which can seldom – more likely – never be reproduced. The archive preserves knowledge about find spots and sites containing potential answers to many and various questions and queries asked by science, cultural heritage, regional planning, tourism… But where does this data come from? Is it “born digital” or digitized? How big is the data? How was it produced? Does the data need to be big? Are tried and tested systems available for successful digitization? Are new innovations necessary? What about data integrity and project design – which is, or should be the stage at which work specifications and methodologies are formulated, research aims and objectives identified and thus archive creation and compilation begins.
This workshop will offer an opportunity to hear presentations on and discuss subjects as far ranging as basic project design, data management, preservation, integrity, infrastructure and sustainability and, with a view to and future visualization and utilization, meaningful meta data; digitization of varied analogue records and combination of diverse information in GIS as an archiving tool as well as presentation of the data for varying needs. Only through successful archiving and curation will this “data mountain” remain sustainably accessible at grades of granulation appropriate to a wide range of interested parties ranging from the experts of research institutes and state departments through science, cultural heritage, tourism and the interested public.
Target group: Data Producers – archivists – curators ¬¬– mediators of scientific knowledge – members of historic monuments authorities – tourisiker – collection holders of historical documents – researchers.