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Preserve America

Preserve America Summit Implementation Report

Promote innovation by creating a clearinghouse through the National Park Service National Center for Preservation Technology and Training to disseminate information on innovative technologies and encourage their use.

Date: February 13, 2008

Reporting Agency/Agencies:
National Park Service; National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

Contact(s):
Kirk A. Cordell, Executive Director, NCPTT, kirk_cordell@nps.gov, (318) 356-7444

Progress Since Last Report:
NCPTT began contacting identified Federal, nonprofit, and other partners to develop the national clearinghouse strategy.

As part of NCPTT’s social media initiative, each program area has met with students from “PR Campaigns,” a course at Northwestern State University of Louisiana taught by NCPTT’s marketing manager. The students are collaborating on a strategic plan to integrate the entire spectrum of social media into NCPTT’s existing systems. Accounts have been set up for the National Center to begin blogging and podcasting immediately.

Three additional PTT Grants technical reports have been added to NCPTT’s website: “Lustron On-line,” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation; “Identification of Unmarked Graves,” by the NPS Midwest Archeology Center and Minnesota State University Moorhead; and “Development of a Rapid Indicator of Biodeterioration of Historic Stone” by Harvard University.

Next Actions:
NCPTT will continue to identify and contact partners, schedule a conference call with potential partners, and add technical reports to the Center’s website. The National Center will also continue to produce technical preservation information for dissemination via NCPTT’s website and other media. NCPTT will continue implementing social media applications to reach new audiences. Staff will begin training on use of blog and podcast tools, and NCPTT will produce its first podcast.

Problems or Constraints:
No financial or staff resources to implement a fully integrated clearinghouse.

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