Survey Participants Wanted: “Best Practices in Making Zooarchaeological Data Ethically Accessible” 

On behalf of colleagues from the Florida Museum of Natural History (FM) at the University of Florida (UF), we invite you to complete a research survey (UF IRB 202300946) to share your experiences and opinions about making zooarchaeological data ethically accessible for interdisciplinary research reuse. We aim to gather information from anyone who creates or uses zooarchaeological data to understand current best practice, particularly with reference to the implementation of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) and CARE (Collective Benefit, Authority to Control, Responsibility, Ethics) data principles. The survey results will inform best practices in making zooarchaeological data ethically accessible for its vital contributions to the future of knowledge about human-animal-environment relationships. Preliminary results from the survey will be presented in a round-table discussion session at the ICAZ 2023 conference in Cairns, Australia, and will form the basis of discussion in that session about the current landscape of ethical data principles. This survey will also allow us to solicit interest in forming a collaborative network of zooarchaeologists and other researchers to improve on the use of FAIR and CARE principles. The final anonymized results of the survey and workshop discussions will be made available on the ZooArchNet website at    The results of this survey will be completely anonymous and no identifying information will be collected. The survey should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and will consist of multiple-choice questions with some free response or short answer questions. Participation is entirely voluntary, and you may choose to end participation at any point during the survey. There are no direct benefits for participation.  

If you agree to participate, please click here to contribute. Thank you for your participation!   

For questions regarding your rights as a research participant, please contact the IRB-02 office at 352-392-0433.  

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Kitty Emery, Curator of Environmental Archaeology, FM   

Michelle LeFebvre, Assistant Curator of South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography, FM  

Nicole Fuller, Collections Manager of Environmental Archaeology, FM  

Jen Green, Collections Manager of South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography, FM