Archaeological computing in Berlin

The annual Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology or CAA conference has been going in Berlin for a couple of days. My personal cotribution to the conference consist of a paper on the question of the compatibiity of the results of archaeological work and the needs and information work procedures of the archaeology professionals who are supposed to benefit of the information.

The techniques and methods of capturing and preserving archaeological information have been discussed broadly in the literature. The further uses and users of the data and including their implications to the information have seldom been discussed in a comprehensive manner.

Archaeological research projects and heritage organisations have concentrated on producing data for their own present use without a specific concern of the prospective users of the created and processed information. In order to ensure the functional, not only physical sustainability of the earlier and current archaeological information resources, a special emphasis on is needed their functional sustainability.

The presentation informs future development of information systems and information services for archaeology and cultural heritage professionals placing a specific focus on the extended lifecycle and evolution of the information and its uses.

Archaeology and Archaeological Information in the Digital Society shows how the digitization of archaeological information, tools and workflows, and their interplay with both old and new non-digital practices throughout the archaeological information process, affect the outcomes of archaeological work, and in the end, our general understanding of the human past.

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Taking Health Information Behaviour into Account: implications of a neglected element for success- ful implementation of consumer health technologies on older adults (HIBA) is an Academy of Finland funded research project at Åbo Akademi University.

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ARKDIS project maps the implications and opportunities of the digitalisation of information and information work in the domain of archaeology and to develop and evaluate conceptual and practical methods and procedures for enhancing archaeological information work in the digitalised environment.

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