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Data Access in Secondary Publications - UCLA

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Collection Date:01/08/09
Scholar #1 Info:

  • Name:Willeke Wendrich
  • Email:please contact Elizabeth McAulay at
  • Title:Professor
  • Institution/Organization:Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA
  • Field of Study/Creative Endeavor: Archaeology and Egyptology

Collector Info (can be the same as "Scholar" above):

  • Name: Elizabeth "Lisa" McAulay
  • Title: Librarian for Digital Collection Development
  • Institution/Organization: UCLA Digital Library Program

Notes on Methodology:

Elizabeth McAulay is entering this description based on long-term collaboration with Wendrich. The Cotsen Institute at UCLA is also interested in the same topic for use in digital publishing.


The scope section is provided by the collector, with input from the scholar(s), and attempts to estimate the scope of the group that performs the processes described: How broadly do the practices described in this story apply to others in same field, in related fields, etc?

  1. In the opinion of the scholar, who participates in the process the story describes?
    many people in the scholar's field of inquiry (archaeology)
  2. What is this process intended to accomplish for the scholar? Improved transparency of data collection and data-based conclusions presented in articles. Preservation of digital data --extremely important in archaeology because the methods used to collect data are destructive and the electronic data remain as the only primary evidence after a dig has happened.
  3. Who is the intended audience of the processes described? Researchers, in archaeology primarily. Maybe related fields.
  4. Is this the only process the scholar uses to accomplish his/her goals? Right now this process is not available, and the goals described in #2 are not accomplished.
  5. What "shared services" would help transform the story into something of more benefit for the scholar or his/her audience?  What process or processes in the story could be automated? shared repositories, flexible and yet useful standards (archaeologists tend to be idiosyncratic in data collection, and given the amount of specialization within the field, the differences among databases is understandable.)


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1. Was this story collected for a particular Bamboo working group?  If so, please include, as keywords, the appropriate group(s).

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Access to real primary data. Verifiable data.

4. Related Stories: Are there parts of the story that relate to other collected stories? Please provide title(s) and link to the story page. 

Extended Development Project-University of Washington

Personal Research Collections: Data and Archival Preservation and Access in the Humanities and Social Sciences


Prof. Wendrich is an archeologist who works in the field of Egyptology, conducting excavation in the Fayum with a multimember team in Egypt from September through December each year.

The Fayum team's excavation and survey results will be submitted to several journals, and an edited volume will be published in a joint series of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA and the Groningen Archaeological Series (GAS) of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Publication in book form is a prerequisite of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities for the continuation of the excavation permit. The Fayum Principal Investigators, therefore, will publish the edited volume in print (GAS) and through the recently established Cotsen Digital Archaeology Series (CDAS), published online through eScholarship ( The goal for the Fayum online publication is to link directly and dynamically to the raw excavation data so that researchers using the publication can independently verify the conclusions presented in the publication.

Prof. Wendrich envisions that original excavation and survey results will be made accessible to colleagues and the general public. The GIS, the finds database, the excavation database, and the photo database of the Fayum Project are at the moment integrated in an online database system, based on MySQL. Wendrich plans to cooperate with existing initiatives and is in the process of assessing archaeological data collection and presentation initiatives such as the Alexandria Archive and

Other Comments:

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  1. Unknown User (rjaffe)

    Suggests a new category: ws-preservation. (See also SN-0010, SN-0011, SN-0020, et al.)