For those who will arrive on Friday, September 16, there will be a Reception (with wine, beer, soda, and snacks) at the MSU Museum, from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Schedule of events for the conference on Saturday, September 17, 2011.


  • Presentations 8:30 am to 11:00 am
    • Thirty minute presentations will be given by five archaeological scholars working on digital archaeology and archaeological databases.

1.) Dr. Frank McManamon – Executive Director of tDAR, the Digital Archaeological Record, which is housed at Arizona State University

  • McManamon will speak on centralized digital database repositories; tDAR was developed specifically for archaeological data; it is funded by the Mellon Foundation and NSF.

2.) Dr. Sarah Whitcher Kansa – Co-founder and Executive Director of the Alexandria Archive Institute

  • Kansa will discuss a different kind of digital repository. The Alexandria Archive Institute (AAI) envisions an open, Web-based knowledge commons of world cultural heritage. They work to provide innovative digital services for sharing research, thus filling the gaps in traditional publication. To this end, they created Open Context- a free, open access resource for the electronic publication of primary field research from archaeology and other field sciences.

3.) Dr. Shawn Graham – Professor, History Department at Carleton University

  • Graham’s focus is on agent based modeling, serious games, digital worlds, and online education for archaeology and history.

4.) Dr. Christine Szuter - Director of Practice for the Graduate Scholarly Publishing Program in the Public History program at Arizona State University

  • Christine recently stepped down as Director of the University of Arizona Press. She will focus her presentation on digital publishing and publishing in the digital age.

5.) Dr. Ethan Watrall – Associate Director,  MATRIX: The Center for Human Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online and the Anthropology Department at Michigan State University

  • Watrall will outline MSU’s new Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative, including discussion of how one does cultural heritage in the digital age.
  • Student Pecha Kucha Session 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • A series of five minute rapid-fire student presentations on their own research (students may send in a brief abstract to participate, see student registration page for more information).

Lunch 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

  • Topic discussions to be held at lunch (Cost of lunch included in Registration fee)


  • Poster presentations 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Tour of Michigan State University’s historic campus and the Campus Archaeology Program (CAP) 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Unconference 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
  • *An unconference is “a facilitated, participant-driven conference centered around a theme or purpose.” These unconferences came up from the hacker world as a way to avoid high conference fees, sponsored presentations, and (for lack of a better term) the “fluff” that keeps people from getting down to business. Unconferences are not spectactor events, nor are they places to “be seen.” Participants are involved from the schedule creation to the wrap-up session, and actively present, discuss, and collaborate with fellow participants.
  • *taken from Great Lakes ThaCamp Description,

End – 5:30 pm


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