TT1: Identification and valuation of technical practices for the recognition of cultural assets

TT1: Identification and valuation of technical practices for the recognition of cultural assets

To understand the overall good practice in a number of states and regional administrations.

This GP is from an EU funded project - Cultural Heritage Identity Card.a) ACCESS - Most systems have limited access for sensitive information and many also have SOME type of Internet portal. However for the most part this information is insufficient or not sufficiently promoted b) LOCATION – is a key factor in good practice. Therefore many systems utilize GIS - However the state of conservation, legal descriptions, ownership, are only somewhat addressed! c) RISK PREVENTION – is NOT sufficiently addressed. d) UPDATES – most systems undergo regular updates but surveys and drawings are only superficially described. e) While this project did not specifically taken into account historic landscapes such places are NOT addressed. f) Urban planning departments often do not always work in close harmony with cultural heritage or conservation departments or engage environmental departments.

Most of these information systems were in existence before computers and include documents, that themselves, are considered historic. The need for records of these places was recognized many decades ago. This is the primary challenge in making these records available to a wider audience – digitization is an expensive and difficult option requiring significant human resource. Most states have legal frameworks for the acquisition and storage of data. However these legal frameworks are very slow in the adoption and recognition of new technologies. They have not prepared or have taken advantage of the recent strides in technological development. Most funding comes from the state and local governments. Very little funding is obtained from private sources. This is in contrast to private companies beginning to provide ´consumer level´ data on the Internet or via the mobile phone network.

There are so far no known financial links between government and private companies

Evidence of Success

The main result obtained during this study and research was to better understand the problem, the capabilities of those government agencies responsible for the data and the professional end user. Another main result was the creation of the network of individuals working on this problem and coordinating efforts to think of a pan-European level solution as systems are upgraded and improved.

As a result of this, Histscape has been recognised a flaw. That of not including cultural landscapes as part of the project. However, this project still has several months remaining and there will be a mention of this ´flaw´ in concluding reports.

Contact: Juan Carlos Espada