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Learning to Walk Together and Work Together: Providing a Formative Teaching Experience for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Heritage Managers

This chapter examines the issues surrounding digital preservation and access based on ten years' experience. Although it describes a local solution, the problems are global and relevant to all those involved in the management of archaeological resources. The chapter examines the staffing structure, which reflects the four main areas of activity: collections development, negotiating access to data and assisting data creators; preservation and standards, responsible for data validation, documentation and curation; collections delivery, maintaining and developing the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) delivery mechanisms; and user services, encouraging and assisting data reuse and resource discovery. Methodologies, procedures, and standards for digital preservation are now being developed, and there are exciting opportunities for breaking down the traditional distinctions between archives and publication. Digital data, in a variety of forms, increasingly constitute the primary record of archaeological investigations; grey literature often comprises the main form of publication. The digital age provides an opportunity to make both more accessible but presents new preservation challenges.