ScARF Directory of Archaeological Scientists

The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework

The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework

ScARF is the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework, yet another forward thinking move from our heritage colleagues north of the border. I never cease to be amazed by the good work emanating from up there; Scotland certainly blazes a trail for cultural heritage, a shining example of how to crack on and get good things done.

ScARF is described as follows:

The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) reflects the current state of knowledge regarding Scotland’s past. As understanding of the past changes, so too will ScARF. It should be seen as a live document that will be constantly updated, edited and improved. The people developing ScARF are the people who use it: those who research Scotland’s past for enjoyment, employment, or frequently both.

So unlike many other Research Frameworks, this one is designed from the ground up to be a living document, one which informs and responds to the needs of the heritage community. You can even talk to them on Twitter.

Part of this is a new Directory of Archaeological Scientists which will grow to include all manner of science professionals working in the heritage sector, able and willing to contribute to Scottish heritage. At present, the categories are a bit limited with no scope for those of us working in the information science arena (Knowledge Organisation, Geographic Information Science, Computer Science, mobile systems, etc). So Archaeogeomancy is listed under the spatial technologies present and suggestions have been made (and warmly received) to augment the subject areas.