Digital Anthropology

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Summary:

During the Fall 2006 semester, the Scholar’s Box project team worked with UC Berkeley’s Department of Archaeology to develop exemplars and guidelines for creating reusable digital collections. The team started with this department because of faculty support and leadership in using digital collections for research, teaching and learning. The team studied a variety of teaching collections before deciding to mainly focus on one collection- Anthropology 2AC: Introduction to Archaeology, which is taught every semester. The purpose will be to create an Anthro 2AC collection that can be used by different professors and students each semester. The project works closely with faculty in creating this collection, and explores how a wide range of faculty, K-12 teachers, and the public can best access and adapt these materials for their own use.

Current Focus:

Spring 2008

We will continue to focus on the Anthropology 2AC teaching collection and will be working closely with Ruth Tringham during the Spring 2008 semester. We aim to create an ‘open-content’ Anthro 2AC e-textbook. The ‘textbook’ will contain public-domain or non-copyrighted teaching materials, which will include Professor Tringham’s own lectures and powerpoints. This e-textbook will be for anyone to use for their own scholarly research.

Spring & Fall 2007

During Spring 2007, the Digital Anthropology Pool was created and launched for a restricted audience. The pool contains eight collections, including digital materials for five classes (Anthropology 2ac, 129a, 136e, and 230), faculty research collections, student projects, and an archive of excavation materials from Catalhoyuk, which also is a part of the Remixing Catalhoyuk Project.

Due to copyright and fair-use issues, most of the collections, besides the Catalhoyuk Research Archive, are restricted to faculty who own the teaching materials or are using the collection for teaching.

As a result, copyright and fair-use issues were extensively researched during Fall 2007. Contact was made with UCLA and Princeton University, as well as other librarians on campus working with digital collections. Legal counsel from UCOP and the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic was sought in order to help resolve licensing, publishing, and sharing issues.

Fall 2006

During the Fall 2006 semester, the Scholar’s Box project team will work with UC Berkeley’s Department of Anthropology to develop exemplars and guidelines for creating reusable digital collections. The team is starting with the Department of Anthropology because of faculty support and leadership in using digital collections for research, teaching and learning. The project team will study seven collections, including digital materials for five classes (Anthropology 2ac, 129a, 136c, 229a, and 230), an internship program, and an archive of excavation materials. Each collection is being created for a different initial purpose but will likely appeal to a wide rang of researchers, educators, and the general public. During the Spring 2007 semester, the project team plans to engage a wider range of faculty in creating open digital collections and explore how K-12 teachers and the public can best access and adapt these materials for their own use.

View announcements relating to Digital Anthropology Collections.

People:

  • Ruth Tringham: Anthropology 2AC: Introduction to Archaeology; Anthropology 136e: Digital Documentation and Representation in Archaeology; Anthropology 230: Senses of Place
  • Meg Conkey: Anthropology 2AC; Anthropology 129a: Prehistoric Art
  • Kent Lightfoot, Anthropology 2ac: Introduction to Archaology
  • Rosemary Joyce: Anthropology 230: Senses of Place
  • Ben Kacyra, CyArk Internship
  • Shel Waggener
  • David Stronach, NEH Expedition to Nineveh
  • Michael Ashley
  • Elizabeth Ha
  • Noah Wittman

Organizations:

  • Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley
  • Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley
  • Kacyra Family Foundation

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