Digital Antiquity is a multi-institutional, non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the long-term preservation of irreplaceable archaeological data and to broadening access to these data. As part of fulfilling these goals, Digital Antiquity oversees the use, development, and maintenance of the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR), an international repository for the digital records of archaeological investigations, organizations, projects, and research. One of Digital Antiquity’s key objectives is to foster the use of tDAR and ensure its financial, technical, and professional sustainability. Use of tDAR has the potential to transform archaeological research by providing direct access to digital data from current and historic investigations along with powerful tools to analyze and reuse it.
Digital Antiquity was created through the collaboration of archaeologists, library scientists, and administrators from the Archaeology Data Service, the University of Arkansas, Arizona State University, the Pennsylvania State University, the SRI Foundation, and Washington State University. By enhancing preservation of and access to digital archaeological records, the mission of Digital Antiquity is:
- to permit researchers to more effectively create and communicate knowledge of the long-term human past;
- to enhance the management, interpretation, and preservation of archaeological resources; and
- to provide for the long-term preservation of irreplaceable records of archaeological investigations, organizations, projects, and research.
Established in 2009, Digital Antiquity is led by Executive Director Francis P. McManamon and Technology Director Adam Brin. Digital Antiquity is governed by an independent Board of Directors composed of four members with expertise in finance, law, not-for-profit organization administration, and information technology, plus individuals from the University of Arkansas, Arizona State University, the Pennsylvania State University, the SRI Foundation, Washington State University, and the University of York. Digital Antiquity’s decision-making is supported by a distinguished external Professional Advisory Panel with representatives from all sectors of archaeology and from information science. Digital Antiquity currently is being incubated by Arizona State University. At the end of its initial development, the organization (and tDAR) will be established as a stand-alone not-for-profit organization or will be incorporated into an appropriate non-profit, such as a professional association.
This project is supported jointly by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation (grants 0433959 and 0624341), the National Endowment for the Humanities (grant PX-50022-09), and the Higher Education Funding Council for England of the United Kingdom acting through the Joint Information Systems Committee. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of any of these organizations.