New publications: Special Issue in Advances in Archaeological Practice and Oxford Handbook in Museum Archaeology

With guest editors and contributions from EPFRN participants and others the new AAP special issue examines professional-collector collaborations, building upon the case studies and dilemmas presented in Advances Issue 10(1). A chapter in the new Oxford Handbook of Museum Archaeology discusses cooperative platforms for curating and managing digitally recorded finds data in Finland.

Advances In Archaeological Practice Special Issue 10(3)

From the guest editors Suzie Thomas and Anna Wessman: "In this special issue 10(3), we open the discussion to the global level, with papers from North, Central and South America, Europe, and Oceania. A central focus is what might be considered as the next steps in collaboration: moving from individual person-to person best collaborative practices and case studies to what can work in terms of policies, protocols and legislation being implemented and evaluated in different countries. If successful, this can ensure that collector-generated data becomes part of the formal scientific (and humanistic) record. The articles in this issue show not only the diversity of different legislative and political settings, but also demonstrates that engagement with such professional-collectors is already taking place, bringing both opportunities and ongoing challenges."

The issue is available through the Cambridge University Press, with many of the articles being Open Access.

The Oxford Handbook of Museum Archaeology

Cooperative platforms for curating and managing digitally recorded finds data: Metal-detecting and FindSampo in Finland, ch 28, by Ville Rohiola and Jutta Kuitunen: "This chapter focuses on archaeological collection management and the curation of digital information through a case study of the practices that lie behind FindSampo, an open-access service under development for archaeological finds made by the public in Finland. Citizen science is at the centre of this study. It reflects the importance of cooperation with metal detectorists and others and the potential that it entails for archaeology and heritage management. FindSampo, developed by the multidisciplinary SuALT project, introduces innovative solutions to enhance the research and management of archaeological find data. The solutions of FindSampo concern semantic computing and Linked Open Data, and, for example, ontology work on archaeological objects and the validation process of reported finds. In conclusion, the chapter emphasizes the importance of the democratization of archaeological information in the management of archaeological collections." DOI

More information on the Handbook can be found on Oxford Academic.