Dr. Joshua J. Wells is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University South Bend, USA, with joint appointments between the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Department of Informatics. Dr. Wells is an anthropological archaeologist with interests in North American archaeology, computer science, and the sociocultural construction of technology.
Since 2010, he has convened the Digital Data Interest Group of the Society for American Archaeology, where he advocates and facilitates technological curricula, and open-source ethics, in undergraduate and graduate education. Through the NSF-funded Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA), he researches interoperability issues between large-scale archaeological databases for heritage management, to promote broad archaeological data reusability in open science.
Dr. Wells sits on the editorial board of OpenContext.org, a NSF-recognized resource for linked data publication of primary archaeological data. He has consulted on big data, open science issues for governmental research and policy groups in Australia, North America, and Europe.