The Digital Archaeological Record joins the DataONE federation, providing links to long-term data on human adaptations and the environment.
The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) is a repository for archaeological information spanning all seven continents and covering all periods of human prehistory and history. The repository was developed and is maintained by the Center for Digital Antiquity at Arizona State University (ASU). The repository offers scientific data resulting from thousands of archaeological investigations that are presented in reports, articles, datasets, GIS databases, and 2D and 3D images. Most of the information in tDAR is not available in traditional publication venues. tDAR offers access not only to conference presentations and other unpublished sources, but also to thousands of difficult to access “grey literature” reports that often provide the only scientific documentations of archaeological investigations that are impossible to repeat. The Digital Archaeological Record’s Member Node brings the total available publicly readable data objects in DataONE to over 940,000.
More information about tDAR and other DataONE Member Nodes can be found at http://www.dataone.org/current-member-nodes.
About DataONE: DataONE enables universal access to data and also facilitates researchers in fulfilling their need for data management and in providing secure and permanent access to their data. DataONE offers the scientific community a suite of tools and training materials that cover all aspects of the data life cycle from data collection, to management, analysis and publication.
About tDAR: tDAR is operated by the Center for Digital Antiquity, a center at Arizona State University with the goals of ensuring the long-term financial, technical, and social sustainability of tDAR. Digital Antiquity is governed by a multi-institutional Board of Directors composed of five members with expertise in finance, law, not-for-profit organization administration, and information technology, plus archaeologists from the University of Arkansas, Arizona State University, the Pennsylvania State University, the SRI Foundation, Washington State University, and the University of York. Digital Antiquity is supported by a distinguished external Professional Advisory Panel with representatives from all sectors of archaeology and from information science.