Evaluation of what?

The theme of this year's LIDA conference is evaluation. At the moment, when the conference is still going on, it is possible to say that the variety of papers on both qualitative and quantitative evaluation has been interesting. Many of the speakers including the keynotes by Blaise Cronin and Paul Wouters have put a specific emphasis on the issues of discussing the question of what evaluation is actually evaluating and what would be the most appropriate thing to evaluate from different stakeholder perspectives. Cronin posed a serious question on the significance of Beethoven (traditionally significant person) or Bieber (popular person on the social web right now) and the premises of doing measurements. Wouters did another useful excursion to the foundations of evaluation as an activity, its premises and consequences.

Archaeology and Archaeological Information in the Digital Society shows how the digitization of archaeological information, tools and workflows, and their interplay with both old and new non-digital practices throughout the archaeological information process, affect the outcomes of archaeological work, and in the end, our general understanding of the human past.

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COST-ARKWORK is a network funded by the COST scheme that brings together the multidisciplinary work of researchers of archaeological practices in the field of archaeological knowledge production and use. The aim of the network is to make a major push forward in the current state-of-the-art in knowing how archaeological knowledge is produced, how it is used and how to maximise its positive impact in the society.

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CApturing Paradata for documenTing data creation and Use for the REsearch of the future (CAPTURE) investigates what information about the creation and use of research data that is paradata) is needed and how to capture enough of that information to make the data reusable in the future. 

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