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IsoArcH: Open Science in Archaeology

May 20 @ 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Registration for this event is open


This event provides archaeologists with an overview of the latest Open Science developments in the field. The event features presentations about open access to publications and databases, open review of papers, as well as open sharing of data/codes/methods.

Talks will be given by Prof. Ben Marwick (Univ. of Washington), Prof. Trudy Turner (Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; American Journal of Physical Anthropology) and Prof. Connie Mulligan (Univ. of Florida; American Journal of Physical Anthropology), Dr. Emma Ganley (Protocols.io), Alain Queffelec (Univ. of Bordeaux; Peer Community in Archaeology), as well as Dr. Kevin Salesse (Univ. Libre de Bruxelles; IsoArcH).

Please note, by joining this workshop you are agreeing to follow the UKRN code of conduct.

Programme (times listed as BST / GMT+1)

14:40 – Entry open

14:45 – Event opening

Dr. Kevin Salesse (Univ. Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Univ. of Bordeaux, France)

Dr. Esther Plomp (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)

14:50 – UKRN Introduction

Prof. Laura Fortunato (Univ. of Oxford, UK)

15:00 – Doing modern archaeological science: what are the options for openness?

Prof. Ben Marwick (Univ. of Washington, USA)

In many scientific fields modern practice is defined by a commitment to transparent and open methods, data, and communication. The emergence of these practices has been accompanied by rapid development of technologies, services and behavioral norms relating to research and publication. I briefly review some reasons why these new practices are important to us as individuals and as a community of researchers. To guide archaeologists looking to improve the transparency and openness of their work, I introduce some of the most relevant and useful specific tools, services and practices for open access, open methods, and open data.

15:20 – Data Sharing in Biological Anthropology: Experiences as scientists and editors

Prof. Connie J. Mulligan (Univ. of Florida, USA)

Prof. Trudy R. Turner (Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)

Recent data sharing recommendations for biological anthropology grew out of a NSF sponsored workshop led by an ad hoc committee of the American Association of Physical Anthropology.  Standards for sharing were also adopted by the American Journal of Physical Anthropology with support from the publisher. Since federal funding agencies and journals have adopted formal rules for data sharing, data sharing is becoming more prevalent. Free and public sharing of genetic data has existed for decades; morphological and fossil data are shared on large community based sites such as Dryad and Figshare or on field specific sites such as Morphosource or through individually maintained sites. Even with the increasing availability of ways to share data, adoption of sharing practices has been inconsistent. As researchers and editors we I have tried to encourage colleagues to share their data more broadly with a combination of helpful advice and polite pestering.

15:40 – Break

15:45 – Peer Community In Archaeology: open and free peer-reviewing of preprints in archaeology

Mr. Alain Queffelec (Univ. de Bordeaux, France)

Peer Community in Archaeology (PCI Archaeology) has been launched in March 2020. It is a community of recommenders playing the role of editors who recommend unpublished articles based on peer-reviews to make them complete, reliable and citable articles. Evaluation and recommendation by PCI Archaeology are free and totally transparent, and make you work a valid and citable reference.

16:05 – The how & why of research method sharing

Dr. Emma Ganley (Protocols.io, USA)

Sharing research methods, approaches, and protocols is important for transparent and reproducible research. In this talk we will cover the value of method sharing and will present protocols.io as one tool that can be used to collaborate and share methods as you pursue and publish your research.

16:25 – IsoArcH: an open-access and collaborative initiative in molecular bioarchaeology

Dr. Kevin Salesse (Univ. Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Univ. of Bordeaux, France)

IsoArcH is an open access isotope web-database for bioarchaeological samples from all time periods in the world. With 40,000+ isotope related data obtained on 13,000+ specimens (i.e., humans, animals, plants and organic residues) coming from 500+ archaeological sites, IsoArcH is now one of the world’s largest repositories for isotopic data and metadata deriving from archaeological contexts. Here we will present the latest features and IT developments of the database as well as a set of initiatives to stimulate data sharing.

16:45 – General discussion

16:55 – Closing words

17:00 – End of the event



May 20
2:45 pm - 5:00 pm


Online workshop