Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Public Perceptions?

PAS take note, outreach about
giving information, not
harvesting it
I got this from a reader who has discovered a key fact about British archaeological jobsworths:
Dear Mr B,
I'm only an amateur but when I read this on Britarch today -
"Archaeology has wandered into exciting but daunting territory. It faces floods of new evidence about the human past that are largely digital, frequently spatial, increasingly open and often remotely-sensed. The resulting terrain is littered, both with data that are wholly new and data that were long known about but previously considered junk. This paper offers an overview of this diluvian information landscape and aims to foster debate about its wider disciplinary impact. In particular, I would argue that its consequences: a) go well beyond the raw challenges of digital data archiving or manipulation and should reconfigure our analytical agendas; b) can legitimately be read for both utopian and dystopian disciplinary futures; and c) re-expose some enduring tensions between archaeological empiricism, comparison and theory-building" .....
I thought - THAT'S why British archaeologists and academics don't make any effort to stop people ransacking the fields, they have their heads stuck so far up their arses they don't notice!
Regards, A Bystander
But at least the author of the archaeo-verbiage (unlike the PAS in a Museum's "Education" Department) sees that "data" are plural. That's a plus.

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