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This presentation was given by Peter McKeague at a workshop at the 4th International Euro-Mediterranean Conference (EuroMed 2012) Conference in Limassol, Cyprus on 'GIS systems and Archaeological Spatial Data Infrastructures in Europe and Mediterranean area.'
INSPIRE provides a roadmap for the publication of metadata, view and download services for a wide range of spatial information in the public sector. This presentation outlines the development of INSPIRE in Scotland to 2012 and how it is being implemented for historic environment data. In most instances the timetabled approach of government organisations focuses on publishing only statutory data under the Protected Sites theme. However the definition of a Protected Site under INSPIRE is much broader recognising that data may be managed through legal or other effective means. That is, Protected Sites do not need to be formally protected through designation legislation as long as they are managed effectively for instance through planning guidance.
RCAHMS has adopted the principles behind INSPIRE to publish information about the wider historic environment and the specialist datasets it curates. However, much archaeological information is created outside the public sector by academia and commercial archaeological companies. There is a need to encourage these primary data creators to contribute to archaeological Spatial Data Infrastructures. Online reporting, through OASIS, offers a potential solution through the systematic reporting of archaeological fieldwork, including specialist remote sensing techniques via online forms. The challenge remains to establish a common infrastructure, agreed terminologies and to encourage the archaeological community to value spatial data.