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Coping with all the information in the world while remaining sane. Who am I The Internet as a source for academic researchers Research values and the digital age. Dr William Kilbride [email protected] ads.ahds.ac.uk. A ims and O bjectives

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Coping with all the information in the world while remaining sane

Coping with all the information in the world while remaining sane

Who am I

The Internet as a source for academic researchers

Research values and the digital age

Dr William Kilbride

[email protected]


Coping with all the information in the world while remaining sane

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Aims and Objectives

“To support research learning and teaching with high quality and dependable digital resources.”

TheADShosts AHDS Archaeology which is jointly funded by


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AHDS

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Executive

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Coping with all the information in the world while remaining sane

Chaos and authenticity in the digital age

Premise: There is too much information in the world

Question: how do you obtain the information you want as a researcher?

Answer: trusted data services


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The Data Bomb

Say you want information about Westerwood, where there is a Roman fort and a stretch of the Antonine wall near Glasgow


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The Data Bomb

But Google is just matching words. So the answers you get are liable to be:

Unreliable

Irrelevant

Out of date


Coping with all the information in the world while remaining sane

The Data Bomb

  • The National Monuments Record of Scotland

  • The West of Scotland Sites and Monuments Record

  • The National Museums of Scotland

  • The Hunterian Museum

  • The Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network

  • The National Library of Scotland

  • Scottish Records Office

  • The Portable Antiquities Scheme

  • North Lanarkshire County Council

  • GUARD

  • Historic Scotland

  • Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

  • Britannia

  • Journal of Roman Studies

  • Glasgow Archaeology Society

  • Et al

There are authoritative and up to date sources.

They are all online.

Provided you know where to look …


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NMS

NMRS

WOSAS

SCRAN

Etc…

(tired and

disappointed)

Data providers shouting louder and louder about their web sites

Even for authoritative sources,

you need to join services together manually - as well as learning multiple user interfaces

Current services offer mix of discover, access and use functionality

You

(tired and confused)


Coping with all the information in the world while remaining sane

NMS

NMRS

WOSAS

SCRAN

Etc..

This is a problem for academic and professional research which depends on accuracy

consistency comprehensiveness currency

So, it’s just not enough to make do with bland internet search engines.

If you rely on Google, you will produce poor scholarship and will be found out:

Blair T 2003 Weapons of Mass Destruction


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But the good news …

Doing serial searches like this is boring and unnecessary

What we need are trusted portal services …


Coping with all the information in the world while remaining sane

Introducing …

ArchSearch

http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/

Featuring …

ArchWay

CBA Research Reports

PSAS

Defence of Britain

Archway

Spitalfields Archive

The Excavation Index

Canmore

And many many more


Coping with all the information in the world while remaining sane

Academic values and the digital age

Academic values are hard won: slow to change

Perhaps they should not change at all

Collecting and integrating material is easy: no more gazetteers, hand lists etc…

Checking references is a lot harder

Prizes for critical analysis and nuanced integration of data

Quality measures: precision, accuracy and confidence

Much more currency: need to react quickly

Preservation


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Bland conclusions:

These are exciting times for scholarship

Information brokers vs search engines

3rd party recommendations

JISC data services are services so make them work for you

Dr William Kilbride

[email protected]

ads.ahds.ac.uk


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