The Big Digital Archaeology Digital Humanities Venn Diagram Show

This discussion panel took place at 9-11am on Wednesday 28 March in Avenue Campus B65 LTA as part of #caasoton Some tweets use #caa_venn.The purpose of the session was to examine the interfaces between archaeological computing and digital humanities, and to explore the relevance of the distinction.

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  1. The idea proposed for these #caasessionstorifies is that the session chairs curate rather than simply collect data. In addition the SMiLE project are interested in what the key themes in the papers presented and what action points arose from the discussions, whether there were useful contributions from outside the room, and how were those integrated etc.

  2. We also decided to use storify to document the session. I did wonder whether storify offered the necessary collaboration.
  3. What we have done is add the speakers from the session as authors to my storify account. They will carry on editing this. Please also carry on tweeting responses with #caa_venn and #caaasoton , and we can allow the story to develop.
  4. Subsequent to the session Stuart Dunn published a blog post that is quoted at various points below. He begins by noting that the issue of DA/DH intersection has not been dealt with previously:

    "However, the relationship which archaeology has with the digital humanities – whatever the epistemology of either – has been curiously lacking."
  5. The conference website is: @leifuss and @graemeearl introduced the session.
  6. The first paper was by Andrew Dufton and Stuart Eve: Guerilla Foursquare.

  7. You can view the slides on slideshare below.
  8. Andrew began by considering what our terms mean, and expressing the variety of digital archaeological practice.
  9. He then introduced a variety of location aware cultural heritage applications. 
  10. Their own research project used foursquare as a means to explore engagement with historical sites.
  11. They examined checkins at 43 sites but saw very few checkins (fewer than would be expected at random) at the historical sites.
  12. They also examined the tipping process and suggested that the lack of tipping was due to the fairly laborious process involved.
  13. Andrew noted the importance of getting listed as a means to attract more checkins.