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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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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
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