The CBA is keen to promote British archaeology to the widest possible audience. There are a number of ways in which this can be done, but we need to know about the news in the first place before we can help to spread the information. We would be grateful if any information on new finds or discoveries, details of events, new web sites, information on issues relating to British archaeology, etc could be sent by email to [log in to unmask] We will then use the mechanisms at our disposal to help disseminate this information and hopefully attract a wider audience.
We encourage all archaeologists to make full use of the AlphaGalileo internet press centre (see http://www.alphagalileo.org/) which is a fast and effective way to get news to journalists around the world.
The CBA has also set up a 'news blog' (Archaeoblog) at http://www.britarch.ac.uk/archaeoblog/ which summarises recent items of interest and links to relevant web sites. You can visit this site on a regular basis to catch up with the latest additions, or you can receive individual additions by email by sending a blank message to [log in to unmask]
Archaeoblog also has an RSS newsfeed at http://www.britarch.ac.uk/archaeoblog/blogger_rss.xml which allows everyone to pick up on the content of the newsblog and incorporate it into their own web site (see http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue35/miller/ for further details of this technology). Other RSS feeds relevant to UK archaeology are now starting to appear, eg:
Archaeology Data Service: http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/ads.rdf
CBA UK media newsfeed: http://www.britarch.ac.uk/newsfeed/newsfeed_rss.xml
HUMBUL resources for archaeology: http://www.humbul.ac.uk/output/RSS/archaeology.xml
Moreover archaeology news: http://p.moreover.com/cgi-local/page?feed=510&o=rss
Ananova archaeology news: http://www.newsisfree.com/HPE/xml/feeds/89/3389.xml
Using freeware computer programmes such as FeedReader (see www.feedreader.com) everyone can set up their computers to display new additions to these newsfeeds as soon as they are posted, and all the content is syndicated and can be incorporated into other web pages on your own web sites.
Archaeology has a good reputation for using the Internet and new emerging technologies and CBA is keen for this to continue. One of the great advantages we have is that we have interesting content to use with the technology so please email the CBA with your new content.....
Dr Mike Heyworth, Deputy Director, Council for British Archaeology
Bowes Morrell House, 111 Walmgate, York YO1 9WA, UK
tel 01904 671417, fax 01904 671384, web www.britarch.ac.uk
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