<ul><li>Why  place content ‘in the hands of the user’? The view from a local authority historic environment service. </li>...
 
Users used to have to travel to Inverness to view our records
 
 
 
 
 
 
50,000 x 0.5 days = 100 years!
 
So why did we put all our records online? <ul><li>Improve access for our existing users </li></ul><ul><li>Engage new audie...
Testimonial… <ul><li>“ The Highland Historic Environment Record is an excellent resource. Surveys, reports and site record...
Public contributions since HER went online: <ul><li>900 additions to our records, including </li></ul><ul><li>230 totally ...
Distribution of public contributions since online launch
 
How do our users contribute? <ul><li>E-mail feedback </li></ul><ul><li>PLUS phone, post, visits </li></ul><ul><li>and now…...
 
Why social networking? <ul><li>Open up the HER even more to our users </li></ul><ul><li>Enable real time contributions </l...
 
 
 
 
The Bungalow, Kilmuir, Black Isle (MHG51194)
Former Officer’s Mess at RAF Alness  (information from John McDonald, February 2010)
Steading, Hill of Rangag, Latheron, Caithness (MHG52648) - HER user’s great great grandparents lived here. This part of th...
Lochcarron records improved thanks to ongoing information from HER user Paul Swan
Several HER users have provided information and photographs for this site
 
 
Window made from glass bottle bases
Cup-marked rock, nr Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty (MHG54844) - information from Paul Young, Lynn Fraser and John Wombell, 2011
What we have learned <ul><li>Arguably the public are the ones with the most to contribute </li></ul><ul><li>Local knowledg...
Class I Pictish Stone, nr Tore, Black Isle  Highland HER:  http:// her.highland.gov.uk Facebook:  www.facebook.com/Highlan...
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Why place content in the hands of the user? (Sylvina Tilbury, Historic Environment Record Officer, Highland Council)

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A presentation by Sylvina Tilbury, Highland Council HER Officer, to the Digital Futures of cultural heritage education: final workshop held on 9 June 2011 at the University of Edinburgh

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  1. 1. <ul><li>Why place content ‘in the hands of the user’? The view from a local authority historic environment service. </li></ul><ul><li>Sylvina Tilbury </li></ul><ul><li>Historic Environment Record Officer, Highland Council </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation to Digital futures of cultural heritage education: final workshop http:// digitalfutures.rcahms.gov.uk / </li></ul>
  2. 3. Users used to have to travel to Inverness to view our records
  3. 10. 50,000 x 0.5 days = 100 years!
  4. 12. So why did we put all our records online? <ul><li>Improve access for our existing users </li></ul><ul><li>Engage new audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Promote user involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Tap into and record the hidden knowledge of individuals and communities </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the quality of our records </li></ul>
  5. 13. Testimonial… <ul><li>“ The Highland Historic Environment Record is an excellent resource. Surveys, reports and site records are quickly assimilated into the HER and fully accessible to all. This approach encourages engagement… [and] the open and inclusive approach to record keeping encourages submissions and dialogue.” </li></ul><ul><li>Matt Ritchie, Forestry Commission Scotland Archaeologist </li></ul>
  6. 14. Public contributions since HER went online: <ul><li>900 additions to our records, including </li></ul><ul><li>230 totally new records </li></ul><ul><li>AND… </li></ul><ul><li>More than 1400 photographs! </li></ul>
  7. 15. Distribution of public contributions since online launch
  8. 17. How do our users contribute? <ul><li>E-mail feedback </li></ul><ul><li>PLUS phone, post, visits </li></ul><ul><li>and now… </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking! </li></ul>
  9. 19. Why social networking? <ul><li>Open up the HER even more to our users </li></ul><ul><li>Enable real time contributions </li></ul><ul><li>Enable interaction and dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Foster a sense of community </li></ul><ul><li>Resulting in </li></ul><ul><li>Better quality records that reflect the knowledge of our users </li></ul>
  10. 24. The Bungalow, Kilmuir, Black Isle (MHG51194)
  11. 25. Former Officer’s Mess at RAF Alness (information from John McDonald, February 2010)
  12. 26. Steading, Hill of Rangag, Latheron, Caithness (MHG52648) - HER user’s great great grandparents lived here. This part of the building was used as a boot and shoe-making workshop. (Information from Christina Baldwin, 2009)
  13. 27. Lochcarron records improved thanks to ongoing information from HER user Paul Swan
  14. 28. Several HER users have provided information and photographs for this site
  15. 31. Window made from glass bottle bases
  16. 32. Cup-marked rock, nr Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty (MHG54844) - information from Paul Young, Lynn Fraser and John Wombell, 2011
  17. 33. What we have learned <ul><li>Arguably the public are the ones with the most to contribute </li></ul><ul><li>Local knowledge is invaluable </li></ul><ul><li>The enthusiasm of some individuals knows no bounds </li></ul><ul><li>Trust your users! Let them really make a difference </li></ul>
  18. 34. Class I Pictish Stone, nr Tore, Black Isle Highland HER: http:// her.highland.gov.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/HighlandHER Flickr: www.flickr.com /groups/her

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