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  1. public sector perspectives

    It was my great privilege to have been invited as a speaker and panelest at Critical Perspectives on the Practice of Digital Archaeology at Harvard University on February 3 and 4, 2017. Here's my paper.

    Title slide: Other People’s Data: Practical Realities and Ethics of Preservation, Reuse, and Dissemination at a State Repository

    Other People’s Data1: Practical Realities and Ethics of Preservation, Reuse, and Dissemination at a State Repository

    I’m Jolene Smith. I work for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the State Historic Preservation office (or SHPO). My title is long and new, although I’ve been in this position and another at the agency for about a decade collectively. I’m DHR’s …

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  2. Approaches to Openness

    Approaches to Openness: Digital Archaeology Data in Virginia and Public Engagement

    Jolene Smith, Virginia Department of Historic Resources

    Society for Historical Archaeology, January 2016

    I drafted this paper as a public document. Check out the wonderful comments.

    Abstract: Virginia’s archaeological site inventory contains detailed information on nearly 43,000 sites in datasets maintained by the Department of Historic Resources (State Historic Preservation Office). At times, responsibility to protect sensitive sites from looting and vandalism seems to run counter to providing information to the public about Virginia’s archaeology. But the two are not mutually exclusive. This paper will explore …

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  3. Scratching the Surface

    Scratching the Surface: Using GIS to Understand Richmond Archaeology

    Jolene Smith, Virginia Department of Historic Resources

    Ellen Chapman, College of William & Mary

    Presented at the 2016 Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Conference, Washington DC

    In 1985, the Virginia Commonwealth University Archaeological Research Center (or VCU-ARC), published the Richmond Metropolitan Area Archaeological Survey. This two-volume, 400 page document was the culmination of a large regional survey, intended to be a resource for long range planning in Richmond (an independent city) and the surrounding counties of Chesterfield to the south of the James River and Henrico to the north. This report …

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  4. Extraordinary Claims

    Extraordinary Claims: Belief, Respect, and the Scientific Method

    Presented at the 2015 Meeting of the Middle Atlantic Archaeology Conference, Ocean City, MD

    Abstract: This paper will examine different types of extraordinary claims in archaeology coming from the lay public, popular media, and archaeologists themselves. Why do beliefs that are unsupported by facts persist? How can we thoughtfully and respectfully respond to proponents of these ideas while honoring the hard evidence?

    [2]“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” Carl Sagan said that and I have a feeling you might hear it more than once during this session. It’s a wonderful declaration …

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