October 24-26, 2007
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Speakers: Biography

Speaker: Sarah Whitcher Kansa


Sarah Whitcher Kansa

Cofounder and Assistant Director
Alexandria Archive Institute
125 El Verano Way
San Francisco CA
94127 USA

Sarah Whitcher Kansa is cofounder and Assistant Director of the Alexandria Archive Institute (AAI) and is Zooarchaeologist for the Late Neolithic site of Domuztepe, south central Turkey. She received her BA (Honors) in Anthropological Archaeology from the University of California, San Diego in 1993 and her PhD in Near East and East Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh. Her research explores the relationship between developments in social complexity and animal exploitation. Sarah has extensive experience in Near Eastern faunal analysis, current zooarchaeological methods, and analysis of human remains, having researched prehistoric sites in the Levant and Turkey in periods spanning the Natufian through the Nabatean. As Assistant Director of the AAI, Sarah works with her peers in the archaeological and museum communities to encourage open access frameworks for sharing cultural heritage content. Her current promotional efforts focus on Open Context, an online data sharing system for publishing, searching, exploring, and analyzing diverse research content, developed by the AAI with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Sarah will demonstrate Open Context: Collaborative Data Publication to Bridge Field Research and Museum Collections. [Demonstration]