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Egyptology in the Digital Age

Start: May 20, 2016 05:15 PM
End: May 20, 2016 06:15 PM

Location: UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Egyptology in the Digital Age

Chris Naunton (Egypt Exploration Society) will give a seminar organised by the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network at the UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology on 20 May.

Abstract

For Egyptologists, other than the physical remnants of Egypt’s past, information is our main resource. There is now more information available, many more ways in which it can be consumed, and most of it is more cheaply and conveniently accessed by a greater number of people than ever before.

Egyptologists are ‘content providers’, and the advent of the digital age has transformed the ways in which information is communicated. This has presented numerous opportunities and new possibilities for everyone. It also presents numerous challenges, however.  Getting our message ‘out there’ is easier, but also harder than it was before. Information can be more quickly and easily shared than ever before, but the competition to be heard has intensified as everyone else has taken advantage of the new possibilities.

Digital offers new options, but increasingly, as the world moves towards doing everything online, the older, more traditional ways of sharing information are becoming less and viable; where originally there might have been a choice to be made, that is often no longer the case and so we are being forced into changing. Individuals and institutions are having to reconsider long established ways of doing things, fundamentally challenging the validity and sustainability of their work.

With, as you might expect, particular reference to Egyptology and specifically the Egypt Exploration Society, this talk will consider:

  • The economics of acquiring, sharing and consuming information
  • Types of content, format, voice and the popular vs the scientific / accessible vs in-depth / style vs substance
  • Free access and intellectual property
  • The moral obligation to publish vs what is practical

All welcome!

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Amara Thornton.