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Alfie Lien-Talks

Research project

Informing our Heritage Future(s): Preserving our Digital Past(s)

Supervisors: Kate Giles, Kieron Niven, Simon Taylor and David Andrews

Funding: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) studentship

Summary of research project:

Ensuring the accessibility and reusability of data generated from the Historic High Street. ‚Äč Relevant data can be very diverse in its nature, including information related to lifestyle, migration, demographics, economics, environment, climate change and housing needs. The diversity of data and its sources creates limits on its accessibility and interoperability. These issues are extended further by the scale and diversity of new data types generated from laser scanning, LIDAR, GIS and HBIM. These all contribute to the “Big Data” of the historic built environment. This presents considerable challenges to make the best use of digital data. In this context, a collaborative approach is essential, not just between the Archaeology Data Service (ADS), Historic England (HE) and the University of York, but wider institutions, commercial organisations and members of the public.

Profile

I believe that digital technologies have the capability to transform archaeology. My research interest is focused on the reusability of archaeological datasets, and most recently the role of tangible and intangible heritage for public engagement with places. My hypothesis is that, through the application of advanced computational data handling and user-friendly search interfaces, the FAIR data principles can be globally applied to create a better data community for the heritage sector. My CV can also be seen at www.AlfieTalks.com.

Publications and Awards

Publications:

HISTORIC ENGLAND RESEARCH MAGAZINE
DATA AND THE HISTORIC HIGH STREET
Lessons from the High Streets Heritage Action Zones
THE POST HOLE
ORIGINS AND MIGRATIONS: HOW ADNA ANALYSIS IS NOT NECESSARILY THE ANSWER
How ancient DNA may not always be the answer.
BOG BODIES OF NORWAY: IN SEARCH OF NORDIC NOIR
A paper researching the lack of bog bodies in Norway

Conferences:

CAA INTERNATIONAL 2024
THE TALE OF THREE CITIES: STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING ACCESSIBILITY AND REUSABILITY OF HERITAGE DATA
Presenting in the session: Keep it simple, just not too simple -- Challenges and (Best?) Practices in Managing and Integrating Archaeological Data
Auckland, New Zealand, 8-12 April 2024

CAA INTERNATIONAL 2023
HOW FAIR IS BIOARCHAEOLOGICAL DATA: WITH A PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON MAKING ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE DATA REUSABLE
Presented in the session: How do we ensure archaeological data are usable and Reusable, and for whom? Putting the R in FAIR 
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 11-14 April 2023
 
CAA INTERNATIONAL 2023
A COMPARISON OF MACHINE LEARNING AND RULE-BASED APPROACHES FOR TEXT MINING IN THE ARCHAEOLOGY DOMAIN, ACROSS THREE LANGUAGES
Work presented in collaboration with Alex Brandsen and Dr. Andreas Vlachidis 
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 11-14 April 2023
 
COLLABORATIVE DOCTORAL PARTNERSHIP WORK IN PROGRESS
UPDATES ON THE PHD
Presented regularly on updates on the PhD, and where the research is developing.
London and York, 2021-2024
 
SYMPOSIUM ON AI AND ETHICS IN ACADEMIC RESEARCH
EXCAVATING DATA ETHICALLY WITH AI: A CASE-STUDY OF NLP AND NER IN BIOARCHAEOLOGY
Online, 5 May 2023
 
CAA 2022-NL-FL & CAA-DE
RELEASING THE KNOWLEDGE HIDDEN IN PDFS BY USING NLP AND NER
Presented in the Artificial Intellegence section on the use of NLP and NER in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. 
Cologne, Germany, 5-7 October 2022
 
CAA INTERNATIONAL 2022
THE ASHWELL PROJECT: CREATING AN ONLINE GEOSPATIAL COMMUNITY
Presented my work on creating a digital community for intangible heritage using Progressive Web Application. 
Oxford, 9-11 August
 
BEING HUMAN FESTIVAL
PRESENTED MY PHD FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Presented my PhD, and the reasons why heritage data matters to everyone
Kenwood House, 12 November 2022
 
PHD SYMPOSIUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF YORK
UPDATES ON MY PHD
Presented an overview and updates into my PhD topic in making data from the historic High Street more accessible. 
York, 7 June 2022
 
RESEARCH FORUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF YORK
THE FAIRNESS OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL DATA: AN EXAMINATION OF BIOARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORIC HIGH STREET DATASETS.
Presented on the overall FAIRness of data in archaeology, ranging from bioarchaeology to my recent work in making data from the Historic High Street.
York, 25 February 2022
 
CAA INTERNATIONAL 2021
AN EXPLORATION OF NLP AND NER FOR ENHANCED SEARCH IN OSTEOARCHAEOLOGICAL AND PALAEOPATHOLOGICAL TEXTUAL RESOURCES
Presented a poster on the use of NLP and NER to ensure greater reusability of biaorchaeological data. 
Online (Limassol, Cyprus), 14-18 June 2021
 
CIFA 2021 ONLINE: ANNUAL CONFERENCE
ARE YOU BEING FAIR WITH BIOARCHAEOLOGICAL DATA?
Presented a poster on the extent to which biaorchaeological data is FAIR following my masters dissertation.
Online, 21-23 April 2021

Teaching & Impact

Introduction to Teaching and Learning 21 October 2021

Open Day facilitator 2019-2020.

  • Led a Research Jam to tackle the biggest challenges Britain is facing today: inequality, intolerance, isolation, disempowerment and climate change.
  • Seminar on defining the Anthropocene: led a seminar discussing the defining features of our age.

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Contact details

Alfie Talks
Department of Archaeology
University of York
Kings Manor
York
YO1 7EP