The iPad is an ideal tool for field archaeology.

This blog sets out to bring together experiences of archaeologists using iPads.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

What is Digital Public Archaeology?

The rapid pace of change within Internet technologies has significantly expanded the paradigm of, and potential for, a ‘digital’ form of Public Archaeology, which I define in my thesis as the methodology for engaging the Internet-using public with archaeology through Web and mobile technologies, social media applications, and the communicative process through which this engagement is mediated online.

Digital Public Archaeology as both theory and practice has been the subject of limited research to date. My PhD research aims to redress this situation by illuminating the current state, and future direction, of digital Public Archaeology projects and practises, with a specific focus on the United Kingdom. The computer-mediated source material for this thesis includes the use of websites, blogs, online databases, discussion forums and email lists, Facebook, Twitter, online photo management and sharing sites such as Picasa and Flickr, online video sites and tools for sharing text, publications and presentations. It includes mobile phone applications, Augmented Reality, online databases, computer games and open publishing. All of these Internet-enabled technologies will be considered, as part of a tool kit for knowledge-sharing and participation in online archaeology, as a medium for the encouragement and support of intra-disciplinary networking and community building, and as a methodology for engaging people with wider heritage issues. This research will identify and discuss the many technical and socio-economic issues that surround the adoption and practice of digital Public Archaeology in the main institutional settings where Public Archaeology is practised today:

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