Sunday, January 28, 2024

Best Practices in Digital Ancient Near Eastern Research

From Eleanor R Bennett (
Hi everyone! Not sure where else to post this, but would appreciate if everyone took a look and shared in their respective networks: 

Digital approaches to studying the ancient Near East (including 3D models, agent-based modelling, network analysis, natural language processing, and AI applications) have exploded over the past few years. As our field of study has always been entangled with questions of ethics, we believe it is time for a quick pause and reflection on how we as a community can proceed with these exciting digital methods in an ethical manner.

With this in mind, we would like to create a community-led document outlining some 'Best Practices in Digital Ancient Near Eastern Research'. We therefore invite all those who are interested in digital methods to provide us with their thoughts and concerns about the ethical implications of doing digital research into the Ancient Near East. 

We are interested in hearing from anyone who is interested in Ancient Near Eastern research and digital approaches, including but not limited to:

- researchers developing digital tools and methods
- those involved in creating databases at any level (data entry through to PI levels)
- researchers who think they have little technical skill, but are interested in the potential of digital approaches
- those who are overall skeptical of digital approaches
- researchers interested in using digital methods for public outreach
- individuals who use digital methods for heritage projects

In order to leave your thoughts, opinions, or concerns, please follow the url to a Flinga board: A quick guide can be found at the following url:

We will close the Flinga board on the 29th February, and use the input to create a first draft. It will then be opened for comments from the community, which will then form a final draft to be hosted at a permanent url.


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