1999-08
1999-08

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This report documents efforts aimed at the advancing State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the western United States. Many large scale cultural resource inventories are operated by agencies other than SHPOs for example, Tribal HPOs, historical societies, universities, and museums, so our focus has been more on cultural resource information systems (CRIS) and particularly on GIS components of these systems — rather than on SHPO-specific data needs.

This project was prompted by the common experiences of several SHPOs in implementing GIS technology in large, transaction-heavy CRIS environments, combined with their desire to pool resources. Because many GIS implementation problems stem from the magnitude of both the archeological record and the demand for information common to these two states, project findings will be most relevant to other similarly situated Western states. Our solutions are undoubtedly scaleable to less “intensive” CRISs, but we suspect the Cost effectiveness of benefits may be diminished.

This project was made possible through Grant MT-2210-7-NC-31 from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT).

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