Writing, Editing, Publishing

Last week I was pushing pretty hard to get a paper and a powerpoint together for the UMAC conference that I mentioned briefly before. The paper was apparently controversial (though well received by the majority of my colleagues) and I had to take the photos and the blog for the Dilmun Bioarchaeology Project down for a time. We’ll hope that it will all come back soon, especially since I rather liked my powerpoint and would like to upload it.

So now I shifted over to editing the paper that James and I put together about the worked glass in Kalaupapa–the editor of the volume had a lot of great suggestions for the publication. It’s going to go into an edited volume titled Hybrid Material Culture: The Archaeology of Syncretism and Ethnogenesis, but I’m not sure when the book is coming out. One of the NPS archaeologists that works on Kalaupapa found some really nice glass “cores” recently that reinforce our research.

Finally, the abstract that I submitted for this year’s Visualisation in Archaeology conference in Southampton was accepted! Now I’ll just have to scrape together some money for airfare. I’m excited to see all the folks from Southampton again so soon after we all had such great chats at Çatalhöyük.

Here’s the abstract:

Title: DIY, Edupunk, and the Visual/Digital Archive: A two-tell perspective

Abstract: Frustrated by the limited capabilities of educational and professional software content management systems, Jim Groom coined the term “edupunk” in May 2008. As discussed on several archaeology blogs and mailing lists, the edupunk approach both incorporates and subverts social networking sites and other internet resources to build a distributed, interactive and flexible platform for teaching, research, and collaboration. Faced with limited funding for more traditional approaches of presenting information to the public, the DIY approach has been increasingly attractive for self-publishing and archaeological outreach. Blogging, Facebook, and photo and video-sharing websites such as Youtube, Flickr and Picasa offer non-traditional venues for interacting with an interested public but can be a methodologically impractical exercise in the field.  In this paper I will build on my analysis of the photographic and video archive from Çatalhöyük presented at the Visualisation in Archaeology conference in 2008 and offer an additional perspective from Tall Dhiban in Jordan. In both cases digital media and the resulting online archive have had distinct, yet contrasting effects on archaeological practice. Issues regarding multivocality, interpretive authority, and the emerging distributed archive will also be discussed.

Though I’d seen the term Edupunk previously, I’d be remiss in not linking to Kerim’s great post about it over on Open Access Anthropology. I’m still working out various places to host photo archives–Flickr is a bit too open and Picasa doesn’t have the flexibility and functionality of Flickr, so I’m a bit stuck.

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4 responses to “Writing, Editing, Publishing

  1. Today I had a problem, and not only today. I was looking for archaeological and and other material about a certain building type in Europe during medieval times, 1100-1400. It is a mess, or there is nothing to find data via internet. And I need a lot of data. Best from each city in Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic etc.. I can not get it in a old fashion way: Traveling. Ordering books. Asking for papers. There are hundred of cities that are target of my research. Not in a life time I will get this information together. My only hope is that someone put it online, the information, in a place a search engine can find it. Reality is: They even have no common word for these kind of houses yet. The whole thing is time consuming, very, very, very time consuming. I am angry about the old style of doing things, in science.

  2. you sound nice and busy. congrats on getting the abstract accepted! the paper sounds really interesting. good stuff. i’d love to see the final presentation/paper.

  3. right on, kalaupapa southampton crossover it is. i’ll be presenting at the VIAs as well!

    ps shout if you take extra time in the uk (who has extra time…) i have established a most excellent base camp up north.

    don’t forget the tito’s.

  4. Additonal to my comment a link to a recently digital reconstructed house type in Praha:
    http://www.c4dlounge.eu/forum/showthread.php?t=1020

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