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State Government Archaeology Data

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This group is a place for discussion among site file managers, curators, collections managers, and archaeological archives professionals at the U.S. state government level (and anyone else interested).

Call for SAA presenters: Futures & Challenges in Government Digital Archaeology

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    Jolene Smith

    Dear colleagues,

    With sponsorship from the SAA Digital Data Interest Group, I’m pulling together an electronic symposium for the upcoming Society for American Archaeology conference in Washington DC and looking for presenters. Papers/presentations will be made available online, but there will also be an in-person session for demos and creative discussion at the meeting. Do you work in government?  Have a great new tool to show off? Do you face relatable challenges?

    Deadline for abstracts and registration: September 7, 3pm EST



    Within the public sector, archaeologists and our agencies use a range of technologies to “do” archaeology in support of heritage management laws and mandates, thereby producing digital data. We are also faced with curating large volumes of digital media and datasets created by others. The quantity of data and speed of change pose challenges in making information useful and accessible internally, to researchers, the private sector, and the general public. But these factors also introduce new opportunities for understanding the material record and conveying its value. Where are we now at various levels of government service and public outreach? Where do we hope to go? How can we collaborate across geopolitical boundaries? What would we build if we were free of financial and technological constraints? This electronic symposium will explore the possibilities, along with friction points and unintended consequences of the digital deluge through demonstrations, case studies, and discussion.


    Send me an email expressing interest ASAP and I will send an invite via the abstract submission system, along with further instructions. Please spread the word to others who may be interested and get in touch with any questions.

    Thanks a lot,



    Jolene Smith

    Hello all, the SAA electronic symposium site is live at

    Even if you didn’t submit an abstract for the in-person session, there are lots of opportunities to contribute. You can submit a full conference paper, a brief blog post, a link to your project, or just answer the survey on the site before April 14. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions. Thanks so much!

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