Workshop Resources

Revitalizing CoPAR for the Digital Age
June 2 to 3, 2016 University of Maryland, College Park
Sponsored by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research


Key Questions:

  1. What is your relationship to anthropological records?
  2. What kind of data do you use, produce, or oversee? How would you define research data in your field?
  3. How are research data used and how do you anticipate them reused in the next 50 years? Who are the primary and emergent users of your research data?
  4. Given your experience and the pre-circulated articles, what is changing (in research data production, use, preservation, ethics)? How do you see the creation of  anthropological/ethnographic records and their use shifting in the digital age?

CoPAR Publications:

Available at:

  • Fowler, Catherine. 1995. “Ethical Considerations”
  • Krech, Shepard, III and William C. Sturtevant. 1995. “The Uses of Ethnographic Records”
  • Parezo, Nancy J. and Ruth J. Person. 1995. “Saving the Past: Guidelines for Individuals”

All In Preserving the Anthropological Record (Second Edition), Sydel Silverman and Nancy J. Parezo (eds.), New York: Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc.

On CoPAR’s History:

Parezo, Nancy J. 1999. “Preserving Anthropology’s Heritage: CoPAR, Anthropological Records, and the Archival Community.” American Archivist 62(2): 271-306.

Other Relevant Readings:

  • Asher, Andrew and Lori M. Jahnke. 2013. “Curating the Ethnographic Moment” Archive Journal 3(2013).
  • Gutmann, Myron, et al.. 2004. “The Selection, Appraisal, and Retention of Social Science Data.” Data Science Journal 3:209-221.
  • Leopold Robert. 2008. “The Second Life of Ethnographic Fieldnotes.” Ateliers d’anthropologie. Revue éditée par le Laboratoire d’ethnologie et de sociologie comparative Aug(32).
  • Sanjek, Roger. 2016. “From Fieldnotes to eFieldnotes” In eFieldnotes: The Makings of Anthropology in the Digital World, Sanjek, R. and S. Tratner (eds.). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, pp. 3-27. Available on Google books.

Suggested Reading:

  • Sanjek, Roger. 1990. Fieldnotes: The Makings of Anthropology. Ithica, NY: Cornell University Press.

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