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A Marriage of Convenience: The Possibilities of SOA and Web 2.0 for Archaeology. Presentation given at session on Web 2.0 in archaeology at the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, March 2008.

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  1. 1. A Marriage of Convenience: the Possibilities of Service-oriented Architecture and Web 2.0 for Digital Archaeology Stuart Dunn Centre for e-Research King’s College London SAA 2008 Vancouver, B.C.
  2. 2. A Marriage of Convenience: the Possibilities of Service-oriented Architecture and Web 2.0 for Digital Archaeology
  3. 3. A Marriage of Convenience: the Possibilities of Service-oriented Architecture and Web 2.0 for Digital Archaeology
  4. 4. <ul><li>Using networks to connect resources </li></ul><ul><li>Grids to allow virtual computing across “admin domains” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual digital libraries, virtual museums, virtual observatories </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology that was first adopted in sciences… </li></ul>E-Science: Building bridges People Data Computation A Marriage of Convenience: the Possibilities of Service-oriented Architecture and Web 2.0 for Digital Archaeology (with thanks to Tobias Blanke, King’s College London)
  5. 5. “ the development and deployment of a networked infrastructure and culture through which resources – (…) – can be shared in a secure environment, and in which new forms of collaboration can emerge, and new and advanced methodologies explored.” - Sheila Anderson Director, Centre for e-Research, King’s College London, 2007 A Marriage of Convenience: the Possibilities of Service-oriented Architecture and Web 2.0 for Digital Archaeology
  6. 6. A Marriage of Convenience: the Possibilities of Service-oriented Architecture and Web 2.0 for Digital Archaeology What is SOA? “ a collection of loosely-coupled, distributed services which communicate and interoperate via agreed standards. The combination of a service and standards-based approach can result in a directory of reusable service components which together can be employed to enhance existing networked applications or build new applications.” - University of Oxford ICT strategic plan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj-kCFzF0ME
  7. 7. A Marriage of Convenience: the Possibilities of Service-oriented Architecture and Web 2.0 for Digital Archaeology Enter archaeology… <ul><li>Multiple ways of accessing multiple information </li></ul><ul><li>SMRs </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Grey Lit. </li></ul><ul><li>Individual site records </li></ul><ul><li>Government agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Tag clouds </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Different file structures and metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Created by different kinds of user </li></ul><ul><li>Often constrained by modern national boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Some aggregate data, some deliver data from a single source </li></ul>
  8. 8. A Marriage of Convenience: the Possibilities of Service-oriented Architecture and Web 2.0 for Digital Archaeology <ul><li>Attempts to provide real-time access to a range of sources of information </li></ul><ul><li>Uses Grid middleware </li></ul><ul><li>Deploys different services </li></ul><ul><li>Is an example of a top down approach </li></ul><ul><li>Operates accepted standards </li></ul>
  9. 9. A Marriage of Convenience: the Possibilities of Service-oriented Architecture and Web 2.0 for Digital Archaeology <ul><li>Digital legacy of the Barrington Atlas </li></ul><ul><li>Users can add their own data on, or about, Greco-Roman placenames </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible, works at different scales </li></ul><ul><li>Is an example of a bottom up approach </li></ul>
  10. 10. A Marriage of Convenience: the Possibilities of Service-oriented Architecture and Web 2.0 for Digital Archaeology The SOA approach Benefits <ul><li>Bringing together data and tools wherever/whoever they originate from </li></ul><ul><li>Simplify the process of acquiring and publishing data </li></ul>Drawbacks <ul><li>Trust/subversion of peer-review(?) </li></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Misuse of data </li></ul>People Data Computation Web 2.0 SOA
  11. 11. www.ahessc.ac.uk [email_address]

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