Eric Kansa

Editor's Note: The Alamedan learned during the reporting of this profile piece that our subject - billed by the White House as an Alameda resident - actually lives in Berkeley, a city we don't typically cover. But we found his work interesting and thought you might too, so we're running our profile on Kansa anyway. Enjoy!

"Alternative academic" Eric Kansa starting working on Open Context more than a decade ago to promote access to archaeological research data that rarely saw the light of day. Last week Kansa, a researcher with the University at California, Berkeley School of Information, was honored for his efforts to make more of that data public. The Alamedan caught up with Kansa just as he was getting on a plane to Italy for a dig.