‘Mash-up Archaeology’. Aggregating Web Content on Museum Archaeology and Archaeological Heritage’ (2008-2015)
‘Mash-up Archaeology’ aggregated web content on museum archaeology and archaeological heritage. It took advantage of web feeds (such as RSS) and mash-up technology (Yahoo Pipes) to aggregate automatically web content on these topics.
Aggregated content included new journal articles, new publications, and relevant news items appearing in traditional mass media, as well as content from social media, such as blogs, podcasts, videocasts, social bookmarks and other social networking sites. The types, themes and sources of this content were selected through front-end evaluation and research and are constantly updated.
‘Mash-up Archaeology’ was part of a University of Manchester project that aimed to explore the use of web feeds and basic mash-up technology in postgraduate and third year undergraduate teaching and learning. A primary objective is to familiarise students with social media applications (such as blogs, social bookmarking etc) and develop transferrable skills in filtering and assessing the value and relevance of diverse web content to their own study. It also anticipated that the website would reduce substantially the time that students may spend in finding, filtering and revisiting websites to access new content. ‘Mash-up Archaeology’ contributed towards the e-learning element of teaching and learning at the University of Manchester. Additionally, the website intended to be a point of reference for a wide range of museum, archaeology and heritage studies courses throughout the UK and abroad.
The project was funded by the Higher Education Academy, Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology. Dr Kostas Arvanitis (Museology, University of Manchester) and Prof Siân Jones (Archaeology, University of Manchester) were the investigators of the project.
The Mash-up Archaeology platform offered a useful and rewarding experimentation with aggregation technologies in teaching and learning. It has now come to an end, as Yahoo Pipes have closed down and the project partners have moved to different digital practices and platforms of content aggregation.