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 AAPA and its journals should be in those requirements.  This committee's charge is to consider these questions and to report to the AAPA 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 AAPA, 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 AAPA.

 

Specific questions to be addressed at the workshop are:

  1. What data need to be archived and what issues with data sharing need to be addressed?
  2. What are examples of successful data sharing and what data sharing resources are already hosted by universities, publishers, and other venues?
  3. How can data sharing be incentivized and integrated into research design?

Committee members


Connie J. Mulligan

Co-Chair

Trudy R. Turner

Co-Chair

Doug Boyer

Committee Member

Eric Delson

Committee Member

Bill Leonard

Committee Member

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