The sharing and archiving of original data is being increasingly mandated both by funding agencies and by changing standards of practice in our discipline. Some subareas of biological anthropology have requirements for depositing data related to published work (e.g., molecular anthropology and Genbank), and a number of independent archiving systems of individual datasets have been established by various research groups. A variety of new technologies have expanded the technical capabilities to archive large digital databases, including 3d digital databases. Technological advances notwithstanding, a number of non-trivial issues surround how and whether to have standardized data depositories, what constitutes 'raw' data, and what the role of the AABA and its journals should be in those requirements. This committee's charge is to consider these questions and to report to the AABA Executive Committee on current conditions, considerations to be viewed, and next steps to be taken.
A workshop on data sharing in biological anthropology, funded by the NSF and sponsored by the AABA, is planned for Feb 8-9, 2019, in Milwaukee, WI. The workshop will focus on identifying types of data that are generated within the subfields of biological anthropology that should be made publicly available. We will also discuss other issues that surround data sharing including issues that impede it, current resources that support it and ways to improve data sharing. Approximately 35 researchers have been invited who represent different subfields in biological anthropology and who have experience with large datasets, long-running field sites, or developing resources for data-sharing. The main goal of the workshop is to find ways to facilitate broader data-sharing in biological anthropology that are in line with requirements from NSF and shared priorities at AABA.
Specific questions to be addressed at the workshop are:
Connie J. Mulligan
Trudy R. Turner
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