ODATE in Perpetual Beta

Digital archaeology is always in a state of becoming. How could it be otherwise? And so, I offer up to you what we’ve managed to put together for the Open Digital Archaeology Textbook Environment ODATE as a perpetual beta, never finished, always open to further refinement, expansion, pruning, growth. I hope that you will take and use it in the spirit in which it is offered – of collaboration, of working things through in public.

My ambition is for this text and its associated computational notebooks/binders to become the kernel from which many versions may grow. Use those parts that are useful for your teaching or learning. Recombine with other things you find to create a solution that fits your particular context. Fork a copy of the source on Github (and we also provide instructions on how to do that, and what it means) and improve it. Expand it. Make a pull request back to us to fold your changes into ODATE prime – we’ll update the author roll accordingly!

Some of the pieces are not quite complete yet, but I’d rather have this out in the world, growing, than sitting quietly on my machine waiting for the right word. The perfect is the enemy of the good, they say. We flag those pieces that could use some more work right away. You will find rough edges. Pick up some sandpaper, and join the fun.


ODATE as a whole may be found at http://o-date.github.io

The list of computational notebooks and binders is at https://o-date.github.io/support/notebooks-toc/

How to collaborate with us: https://o-date.github.io/support/contribute/

The perpetually in beta textbook itself: https://o-date.github.io/draft/book/

The source code for the textbook: https://github.com/o-date/draft/

The repository with all our code: https://github.com/o-date

Stand-alone off-line apps replicating the textbook, for the major operating systems: https://github.com/o-date/draft/releases

PDF version of the textbook: https://o-date.github.io/draft/book/odate.pdf