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Where Does 3D Archaeological Scholarship Fall Under the Umbrella of Digital Humanities Scholarship?
Speaker and Affiliation: Heather Richards-Rissetto, JRG Digital Humanities
Peer-review of digital scholarship is an ongoing struggle. Most scholars transform their digital projects to more traditional formats such as monographs, articles, or book chapters. This transformation is necessary because there is a lack of infrastructure, standards, and/or best practices to peer-review digital scholarship in its native format. Within archaeology, such challenges are growing exponentially as 3D technologies become integral to our toolkits—not only as acquisition and visualization tools but importantly as tools for data analysis and the formulation of scholarly interpretations. The process of 3D modeling is research, but we struggle with how to publish our 3D scholarship on dynamic, interactive platforms that simultaneously allow us to link associated archaeological data. Critical to 3D modeling is paradata, that is, the interpretative decisions we make in the process of modeling alongside our data sources. While many scholars support digital scholarship, they are wary of the absence of peer-review. A positive move, many organizations are now including digital scholarship in tenure and promotion guidelines; however, scholars are still in the dark as to how to actualize proposed guidelines.