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Presentation given at the FISH HEIRNET Autumn Strategic Meeting in Edinburgh on 26th November 2013.


  • 1. INSPIRE and Cultural Heritage Peter McKeague Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland FISH HEIRNET Autumn Strategic Meeting, Edinburgh 26th November 2013
  • 2. The INSPIRE Directive: where is cultural heritage? Source Annex I 1. Coordinate reference systems 2. Geographical grid systems 3. Geographical names 4. Administrative units 5. Addresses 6. Cadastral parcels 7. Transport networks 8. Hydrography 9. Protected sites Annex II 1. Elevation 2. Land cover 3. Ortho-imagery 4. Geology Annex III 1. Statistical units 2. Buildings 3. Soil 4. Land use 5. Human health and safety 6. Utility and governmental services 7. Environmental monitoring facilities 8. Production and industrial facilities 9. Agricultural and aquaculture facilities 10. Population distribution demography 11. Area management/restriction/regulation zones & reporting units 12. Natural risk zones 13. Atmospheric conditions 14. Meteorological geographical features 15. Oceanographic geographical features 16. Sea regions 17. Bio-geographical regions 18. Habitats and biotopes 19. Species distribution 20. Energy Resources 21. Mineral resources HER data currently considered as a part of the Annex III Buildings theme
  • 3. Cultural Heritage and the wider Historic Environment Cropmark sites and landscapes Upstanding archaeology Lost industrial heritage Annex III: Buildings - really? Non-addressable features
  • 4. Protected Sites and the wider Historic Environment A Protected Site is defined as an Area designated or managed within a framework of international, Community and Member States' legislation to achieve specific conservation objectives [Directive 2007/2/EC]. ..a Protected Site is an area of land and/or sea especially dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity, and of natural and associated cultural resources, and managed through legal or other effective means. [International Union for the Conservation of Nature] Annex I In Scotland RCAHMS published WMS for its Canmore data in alignment with the Protected Sites theme The HERs have adopted the same approach McKeague, P., Corns, A. And Shaw, R. 2012 Developing a Spatial Data Infrastructure for Archaeological and Built Heritage. International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research, vol. 7
  • 5. A proposed extension to the Protected Sites Schema Spain: the Cultural Heritage Application Schema proposed as an extension of the Protected Sites Full Application Schema Fernandez Freire, C. et al: 2013 (article under review) A Cultural Heritage Application Schema: towards interoperability of Cultural Heritage Data in INSPIRE International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research, vol. 8
  • 6. Developing interoperability across boundaries Frontiers of the Roman Empire There is a need for a consistent approach to documenting spatial data for both Monuments and Events across local, regional, national and international boundaries
  • 7. Metadata: one size does not fit all Metadata needs to be specific to the type of data recorded Geophysical survey Airborne Laser Scanning 3D surveys Spatial Discovery metadata: Describes the nature and content of the dataset Exploration metadata: The information required to ensure the data is appropriate for purpose Exploitation metadata: The information required to access, transfer and apply the data Shaw, R., Corns, A. and McAuley, J., 2009 Archiving Archaeological Spatial Data: Standards and Metadata in the online proceedings of Making History Interactive, CAA 2009, 22-26 March 2009, Wiliamsburg, Virginia, USA
  • 8. Towards consistency OASIS already provides a template for gathering consistent metadata for some Event types and allows for upload and transfer of spatial extents.
  • 9. Scottish Historic Environment Data Strategy Peter McKeague FISH HEIRNET Autumn Strategic Meeting, Edinburgh 26th November 2013