Anthropological Data in the Digital Age

New Possibilities – New Challenges

  • Jerome W. Crowder
  • Mike Fortun
  • Rachel Besara
  • Lindsay Poirier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Jerome W. Crowder, Richard B. Freeman
    Pages 1-12
  3. Plato L. Smith II, Crystal Felima, Fletcher Durant, David Van Kleeck, Hélène Huet, Laurie N. Taylor
    Pages 31-57
  4. Diana E. Marsh, Ricardo L. Punzalan
    Pages 163-183
  5. Edward Schortman, Ellen E. Bell, Jenna Nolt, Patricia Urban
    Pages 185-207
  6. Lindsay Poirier, Kim Fortun, Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn, Mike Fortun
    Pages 209-237
  7. Jerome W. Crowder, Mike Fortun, Rachel Besara, Lindsay Poirier
    Pages 239-254
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 265-270

About this book


For more than two decades, anthropologists have wrestled with new digital technologies and their impacts on how their data are collected, managed, and ultimately presented. Anthropological Data in the Digital Age compiles a range of academics in anthropology and the information sciences, archivists, and librarians to offer in-depth discussions of the issues raised by digital scholarship. The volume covers the technical aspects of data management—retrieval, metadata, dissemination, presentation, and preservation—while at once engaging with case studies written by cultural anthropologists and archaeologists returning from the field to grapple with the implications of producing data digitally. Concluding with thoughts on the new considerations and ethics of digital data, Anthropological Data in the Digital Age is a multi-faceted meditation on anthropological practice in a technologically mediated world.


digital data ethnography data preservation data sharing data management digital exhibition digital scholarship

Editors and affiliations

  • Jerome W. Crowder
    • 1
  • Mike Fortun
    • 2
  • Rachel Besara
    • 3
  • Lindsay Poirier
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute for the Medical HumanitiesUniversity of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA
  3. 3.Missouri State UniversitySpringfieldUSA
  4. 4.University of CaliforniaDavisUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-24924-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-24925-0
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