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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

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.
    • Why place content ‘in the hands of the user’? The view from a local authority historic environment service.
    • Sylvina Tilbury
    • Historic Environment Record Officer, Highland Council
    • Presentation to Digital futures of cultural heritage education: final workshop http:// digitalfutures.rcahms.gov.uk /
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  • 3. Users used to have to travel to Inverness to view our records
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  • 10. 50,000 x 0.5 days = 100 years!
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  • 12. So why did we put all our records online?
    • Improve access for our existing users
    • Engage new audiences
    • Promote user involvement
    • Tap into and record the hidden knowledge of individuals and communities
    • Improve the quality of our records
  • 13. Testimonial…
    • “ 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.”
    • Matt Ritchie, Forestry Commission Scotland Archaeologist
  • 14. Public contributions since HER went online:
    • 900 additions to our records, including
    • 230 totally new records
    • AND…
    • More than 1400 photographs!
  • 15. Distribution of public contributions since online launch
  • 16.  
  • 17. How do our users contribute?
    • E-mail feedback
    • PLUS phone, post, visits
    • and now…
    • Social networking!
  • 18.  
  • 19. Why social networking?
    • Open up the HER even more to our users
    • Enable real time contributions
    • Enable interaction and dialogue
    • Foster a sense of community
    • Resulting in
    • Better quality records that reflect the knowledge of our users
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  • 24. The Bungalow, Kilmuir, Black Isle (MHG51194)
  • 25. Former Officer’s Mess at RAF Alness (information from John McDonald, February 2010)
  • 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)
  • 27. Lochcarron records improved thanks to ongoing information from HER user Paul Swan
  • 28. Several HER users have provided information and photographs for this site
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  • 31. Window made from glass bottle bases
  • 32. Cup-marked rock, nr Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty (MHG54844) - information from Paul Young, Lynn Fraser and John Wombell, 2011
  • 33. What we have learned
    • Arguably the public are the ones with the most to contribute
    • Local knowledge is invaluable
    • The enthusiasm of some individuals knows no bounds
    • Trust your users! Let them really make a difference
  • 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