Barriers to Participation in Archaeology Online Workshop: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Archaeology and Social Media

Posted on May 27, 2012

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Third video of the workshop and mine. I actually managed to edit this video with out watching it. It was not my best presentation and I was all over the place not really articulating my message as well as I could have. The work I cite in the video can be found here at the Where is IT going 2 wiki, check it out. See all the other, much better, presentations and audience reactions here- http://storify.com/lornarichardson/workshop-on-barriers-to-participation-with-archaeo or here.

Doug Rocks-Macqueen
University of Edinburgh, Open Access Archaeology
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Archaeology and Social Media

Why isn’t you organization (insert “on Facebook”, “Tweeting”, “Blogging”, etc.)?”, a now very common question in the world of archaeology. There is a lot of peer pressure on archaeologists and their organizations to be involved in social media. However, very few of us, archaeologists, understand the time commitments involved or what this even means. Moreover, very few people know how individuals interact with social media, an aspect that is too often over simplified, and how that can affect an archaeologists or their organization. This presentation looks at a series of surveys, of both archaeologists and non-archaeologists,and several case studies, such as archaeologists getting fired for blogging, to illustrate the problems holding back archaeologists and archaeology organizations from fully embracing social media.

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