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Open Source Archaeology. Ethics and Practice

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Open Source Archaeology. Ethics and Practice


A growing number of practitioners subscribing to the ethical purpose of open-archaeology and open-data has produced an increasing array of open-source software and datasets, but no substantive publication on the subject. Open Source Archaeology by Andrew. T. Wilson and Ben Edwards, just published by De Gruyter Open is a timely summary of the open-archaeology movement and its ethical underpinnings.

Open-archaeology projects are now increasingly common and widespread (especially publicly-funded community projects); open-source software is now routinely used academically and commercially; and the open publication of academic research has been making headline news in Europe, with legislation proposed or implemented that allows free public access to the results of government funded research. This is the ideal time to set out the commitment of archaeologists to the open movement and their practical responses to its demands.

The edited volume brings together leading authors and researchers in the field of open-source archaeology, defined as encompassing: the ethical imperative for open public access to the results of publicly-funded research; practical solutions to open-data projects; open-source software applications in archaeology; public information sharing projects in archaeology; open-GIS; and the open-context system of data management and sharing. It is designed to summarise both the current state of theoretical engagement, and technological development in the field of open-archaeology.

The book is divided into two sections: one focusing on theoretical and ethical foundations of the open-archaeology movement; and the other, offering practical responses of archaeologists to the incorporation of these principles in their work.

The book is available fully in open access to read, download and share on De Gruyter Online.