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Whither digital archaeological knowledge? The challenge of unstable futures

Whither digital archaeological knowledge? The challenge of unstable futures
Whither digital archaeological knowledge? The challenge of unstable futures
Digital technology increasingly pervades all settings of archaeological practice and virtually every stage of knowledge production. Through the digital we create, develop, manage and share our disciplinary crown jewels. However, technology adoption and digital mediation has not been uniform across all settings or stages. This diversity might be celebrated as reflecting greater openness and multivocality in the discipline, but equally it can be argued that such diversity is unsustainable, and that standards are insufficiently rigorous. Regardless, all positions face the possibility of being severely tested by some large-scale external event: on every continent we witness economic and political upheaval, violence and social conflict. How is digitally mediated knowledge created, managed, and disseminated by archaeologists today, and how secure are the means by which this is achieved? To investigate this question we apply the futurity technique of scenario analysis to generate plausible scenarios and assess their strategic strengths and weaknesses. Based on this analysis we propose some measures to place archaeology in a more robust knowledgescape without stifling digitally creative disruption.
Scenario analysis
42-54
Huggett, Jeremy
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Reilly, Paul
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Lock, Gary
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Huggett, Jeremy
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Reilly, Paul
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Lock, Gary
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Huggett, Jeremy, Reilly, Paul and Lock, Gary (2018) Whither digital archaeological knowledge? The challenge of unstable futures. Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology, 1 (1), 42-54. (doi:10.5334/jcaa.7).

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Digital technology increasingly pervades all settings of archaeological practice and virtually every stage of knowledge production. Through the digital we create, develop, manage and share our disciplinary crown jewels. However, technology adoption and digital mediation has not been uniform across all settings or stages. This diversity might be celebrated as reflecting greater openness and multivocality in the discipline, but equally it can be argued that such diversity is unsustainable, and that standards are insufficiently rigorous. Regardless, all positions face the possibility of being severely tested by some large-scale external event: on every continent we witness economic and political upheaval, violence and social conflict. How is digitally mediated knowledge created, managed, and disseminated by archaeologists today, and how secure are the means by which this is achieved? To investigate this question we apply the futurity technique of scenario analysis to generate plausible scenarios and assess their strategic strengths and weaknesses. Based on this analysis we propose some measures to place archaeology in a more robust knowledgescape without stifling digitally creative disruption.

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Accepted/In Press date: 16 April 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 23 May 2018
Published date: 23 May 2018
Keywords: Scenario analysis

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Local EPrints ID: 426432
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/426432
PURE UUID: e2d2e967-c32c-412e-8691-56bcc003fe82
ORCID for Paul Reilly: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8067-8991

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Date deposited: 27 Nov 2018 17:30
Last modified: 15 Mar 2019 01:21

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Author: Jeremy Huggett
Author: Paul Reilly ORCID iD
Author: Gary Lock

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