Evaluation of Existing Initiatives
The implementation plan for the infrastructure will be informed by an investigation and evaluation of other cyberinfrastructure efforts in archaeology and allied sciences, both in the US and abroad. Through this investigation we plan to identify existing code bases that could be adopted or adapted, to better understand the capabilities of other systems with which we would hope to collaborate or to provide interoperability, and to benefit more generally from their development experiences. Three partially overlapping components will be investigated:
The investigation of existing initiatives occurs largely through a “virtual lecture series” in which Access Grid is the venue. Beginning in March 2007 we began hosting bi-weekly (suspended over the summer) presentations on: (1) the state-of-the-art computer science research in collaboration, interoperability, ontology and semantics and applications of these to archaeological problems; and (2) developing a community of practice through presentations on current database and other information science applications, systems and datasets in use in archaeology around the world. Because Access Grid is active in Great Britain, continental Europe, and Australia we will be able to have presentations and participations from all these areas at only a very modest (commonly no) cost.
Mellon All-Projects Meeting: Archaeology, New York, March 2008
Joint Disciplinary and Technical Advisory Board Meeting, Santa Fe, February 2008
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