As part of Dr. Julian Richards’ visit to the SF Bay Area, he will give a public lecture DATE: Feb. 12, 2007
TIME: 4-6 p.m.
LOCATION: Kroeber Hall Gifford Room 221
The e-journal Internet Archaeology and ADS (Archaeology Data Services) digital archive have recently celebrated their tenth anniversaries. This paper will assess the opportunities offered by e-publication as well as the challenges of digital preservation, based on the first ten years. However, the web continues to evolve and I will also consider how the Semantic Web and other technologies which make up the future vision for the Internet may change the study of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage over the next ten years.
As the volume of information grows, ‘finding things’ on the Web remains a key challenge. Recent research conducted by ADS on behalf of the UK’s Common Information Environment shows the potential of a innovative ‘Point and browse’ approach to overcome the problems associated with the traditional ‘Type and hope’ approach as represented by Google and other search engines. However, we also need to provide deeper access to rich content and to develop methods for data mining as promulgated under various eScience initiatives. In the US these frameworks have been described as cyber-infrastructures; whilst in the UK the term ‘Virtual Research Environment’, or VRE, has been adopted. Access to grey literature is another area that needs to be tackled, and might be developed as community-based distributed resources analogous to Wikipedia and Flickr.
Dr Richards’ paper will reflect on the ethical and intellectual context of new
information flows brought about such technological changes.
* A reception will be held in the Faculty Lounge (219) of Kroeber Hall
following the lecture.