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1.4 Other guides in this series#

The Excavation and Fieldwork Archiving Guide to Good Practice is one of a family of six theme-specific guides, commissioned by the Archaeology Data Service. Taken together the guides comprise a comprehensive, authoritative and highly complementary set of practical guidelines.

Table 1: Archaeology Data Service Guides to Good Practice

Archaeology Data ServiceArchaeological Geophysics: a guide to good practice
Archiving aerial photography and remote sensing data: a guide to good practice
Archaeological Databases: a guide to good practice
CAD guide to good practice
Digital archives from excavation and fieldwork: a guide to good practice
GIS guide to good practice

This guide aims to provide an overview of digital archiving practice for archaeologists. It looks at the types of digital archives that will be created as part of standard archaeological fieldwork and post-excavation processes and makes recommendations about what digital files should be archived. Although written primarily from the perspective of archiving an excavation project, all other forms of archaeological fieldwork, such as field survey, can easily be fitted into the archiving scheme presented in this guide.

The other guides produced by the Archaeology Data Service in this series concentrate either upon archiving digital data produced by specific techniques, such as the products of Aerial or Remote Sensing, CAD or Geophysical surveys or upon analytical and data management techniques, such as Databases or Geographical Information Systems. Recommendations held in these guides are referred to in this guide, Digital Archives from Excavation and Fieldwork, and should be consulted where appropriate.

It is important to recognise that this guide provides information concerning how to prepare and deposit digital material in a digital archive. Although it provides some recommendations concerned with the facilities and procedures for the creation and maintenance of a digital archive, these are covered more fully in the Arts and Humanities Data Service's Managing Digital Collections series of publications that is available online. Equally, this Guide to Good Practice is written to address archaeological practice in the United Kingdom, although (where possible) it makes recommendations that are applicable internationally.The ADS is part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service which caters for digital archiving needs across the humanities disciplines of archaeology, history, literary studies, performing and visual arts. Each AHDS Service Provider takes responsibility for advising on good practice in the creation, management, preservation, and re-use of digital information widely used in its subject area and are each publishing their own Guides to Good Practice. The most up-to-date information on the other guides in the AHDS series is available online.