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  1. repository progress

    This post originally appeared as a project update for the Institute on Digital Archaeology Method and Practice here. See the original posts for images and comments.

    I delayed posting last week because I was really stalled, but I’ve since made a lot of progress. I’m a little antsy because I thought I’d have something to show by this point, but I’ve still got plenty to do and learn.

    Here’s where I am right now:

    • I’m pretty much good with my repository attributes.
    • I had a great video conference with Catherine and was thrilled to …
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  2. spinning plates: databases and data collection

    The last few weeks have been picking up momentum in terms of digital projects. I haven't made any progress on my front end for the digital repository, but I'll be digging in hard once the WordPress plugin is launched (and I'm also still dabbling in learning PHP). But I can see deadlines approaching, so my nose will be to the grindstone soon.

    Another project I'm working on in parallel is an inventory system for our physical artifact collections. While I'm technically responsible for site-level archives data, I'm taking a quick-turnaround funding opportunity to set up a revamped database for our …

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  3. ingestion

    This post originally appeared as a project update for the Institute on Digital Archaeology Method and Practice here. See the original posts for images and comments.

    I’ve got the basics of my KORA repository set and I’ve begun ingesting objects. While I did start with a nice, organized list of fields from our databases, I ended up combining our specialized fields with those I found in existing KORA schema. So there is some fat to trim, but I’m getting there.

    I decided on one scheme for everything at this point. As of now, I’ve ingested PDF …

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  4. airtable

    In my quest for cool, practical, digital tools, I came across a mention of Airtable on Twitter last February. The link came at a great time, right as I was wrestling with membership, contact information, and dues payment data for The Council of Virginia Archaeologists (I currently serve as Secretary). Airtable is essentially a hosted relational database that looks like a spreadsheet.

    While I could handle setting up a relational database in another format, I needed something that would allow for collaboration by Executive Board members in different places. It needed to be easy to use for those who weren't …

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  6. SAA 2016 recap

    Last week I went to Orlando for the Society for American Archaeology conference. Even though I interned for SAA Government Affairs in Washington DC during grad school, this was actually the first SAA conference I’ve attended (normally I’ve gone to the Society of Historical Archaeology when I’ve had major conference funding). I was on the fence about this one because it was in Orlando at Disney ($$$$) and I wasn’t actually giving a regular paper, but in the end it was incredibly worth it. I met so many fantastic people, concocted projects, and absorbed ideas. I may …

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  7. lightning

    This post originally appeared as a project update for the Institute on Digital Archaeology Method and Practice here. See the original posts for images and comments.

    I’m nearly recovered from a fantastic Society for American Archaeology conference, where I presented a three minute lightning talk on my repository project at the Digital Data Interest Group meeting. This is the typed version of my talk. In person, it was a little more off-the-cuff with much animated gesticulation. Here’s what I said:


    I manage archaeological data for the Commonwealth of Virginia State Historic Preservation Office. I’m working on a …

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  8. wild ride

    A year ago, everything was different, except for the fact that I loved my job. It was a magical unicorn job (especially since I landed it right out of grad school the moment before the bottom of the economy dropped out in 2008), but honestly I was starting to outgrow it in its existing form. Then another much different opportunity presented itself at the very beginning of 2015. Change appeared to be on the horizon. Career advancement was in my sights. Details were being ironed out. People were talking.

    And then it didn't happen.

    It was awkward and crushing. But …

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  9. going with the flow

    I'm getting ready to head to SAA in Orlando and figured I could use this opportunity to get this site in shape. I nearly fell into the trap of starting from scratch with another static site generator, but I stopped myself (this is currently in Pelican but I was going to try Hugo again). In the interest of not making things overly complicated and actually finishing a task to some degree, I buckled back down and dug into Pelican again. Since my knowledge of web design is still pretty rudimentary, I was having some issues troubleshooting when pages wouldn't render …

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  10. repository tuesdays

    This post originally appeared as a project update for the Institute on Digital Archaeology Method and Practice here. See the original posts for images and comments.

    I’m trying to shift from my reliance on deadlines toward a more Lean-based project management approach centered on efficiently completing tasks, thanks to advice from one of my project mentors, Daniel Pett. The trick here is that I’m going to have to get pretty ruthless about scheduling Institute project time. I’m feeling like it’s a little risky to try an unfamiliar way to organize my workflow, but the principles …

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