Archaeological research is strengthened by the ability to reuse and incorporate data into subsequent studies. Dig Data aims to facilitate this process by providing access to data in their native format, directly associated with the interpretive publications.
Recent technological advances in the collection and analysis of digital data have opened the possibility of publishing not only the narratives or interpretations, but also the information that underlies these. Rather than making this information available as appendix or printed tables, the publication of data in sharable form becomes increasingly important. Access to research data is especially significant within archaeology, a research community that deals with often irreplaceable datasets and continuing threats to records and sources. An increasing interest within this community to preserve and share these datasets has produced a variety of initiatives and digital repositories. This project aims to build on these endeavors so that the emerging preservation practices are incorporated into the existing scholarly publication framework.