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Cambridgeshire Heritage Gateway Pilot. Sarah Poppy [email protected] Heritage Gateway Previews. Why join the Heritage Gateway?. Rapid and cost-effect means of establishing HER online Strong belief in common access point to Historic Environment information

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Cambridgeshire heritage gateway pilot

Cambridgeshire Heritage Gateway Pilot

Sarah Poppy

[email protected]

Heritage Gateway Previews


Why join the heritage gateway

Why join the Heritage Gateway?

  • Rapid and cost-effect means of establishing HER online

  • Strong belief in common access point to Historic Environment information

    • No need to reinvent the wheel!

    • Economies of scale and potential for future capacity building (mapping, delivery of proposed Register of Historic Sites and Buildings of England)


Why we became a pilot

Why we became a pilot?

  • Involvement with Heritage Gateway via ALGAO and HBSMR user group

  • Keen to test and demonstrate concept

  • Long-term aspirations to put HER online

    • Objective in Archaeology Service Plan

    • Online HER access required to support newly established SLAs with districts

    • Demand from local community!

    • HLF route or in-house development not viable options

  • Cambridgeshire was first HER to go live on the Heritage Gateway in April 2007!


Processes involved hbsmr gateway

Processes involved – HBSMR Gateway

  • Had to follow local authority compliance procedure

    • Some difficulty in engaging with IT department

    • Don‘t underestimate time and effort required!

  • Preinstallation discussions between IT department, exeGesIS and HER

    • Software and hardware prerequisites (SQL server, web server)

    • Consideration of which data to put online

    • Customisation of HER record layout

  • 2 day site visit to install and configure

  • Desktop routine to manually upload HER data

  • Remote support provided by exeGesIS and IT department


What the hg is intended for

What the HG is intended for?

  • Increased public and education sector access to HER records, without need for consultation

  • Provide background/context information for all research

  • Enable HER resources to be targeted at professional enquiries, data enhancement and digitisation and future developments e.g. meeting requirements of HPR

  • Building much-needed links between local and national datasets


Cambridgeshire heritage gateway pilot

Major fieldwork projects W of Cambridge 1990-2006


What the hg is not intended for

What the HG is not intended for?

  • Not replacing the need for planning-related HERs consultations

  • Why not?

    • Some datasets not accessible via HG, such as Scheduled Monuments, Listed Buildings, fieldwork, cropmark transcription

    • Will not contain information about projects in progress

    • “Sensitive sites” may be withheld from public access

    • NGRs are 6-figure only

    • GIS data not available at present


Potential concerns

Potential concerns

  • Quality of data

    • HER data is published “as is”

    • Culmination of 5-year data enhancement project

    • However no mediated “public access” content, and older records of variable quality

  • Loss of income

    • Average £4k p.a generated from HER enquiries

    • Income from other sources e.g. SLAs, selling GIS data

    • HG should not replace planning-related enquiries - will require monitoring!

    • Standing still was not an option …


The future dissemination and beyond

The future: dissemination and beyond…

  • Spreading the word

    • Launched at Cambridgeshire Archaeology Forum in June

    • HG preview events at five locations

    • Hands-on sessions in libraries and learning centres

    • Local society workshop at Cambridge Antiquarian Society Conference

    • Promotion via CCC website

    • EH project to make village/parish linkages


The future dissemination and beyond1

The future: dissemination and beyond…

  • In the future…

    • Formalising IT support arrangements

    • Collation of feedback and web-statistics

    • HLF bid in preparation for community archaeology project includes development of online education and thematic resources

    • Ongoing digitisation projects to add supporting content and resources (grey literature, images etc)

    • Key requirement is ability to hyperlink to single HG record


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