A tool for world heritage documentation, management and decision making: The silk roads cultural heritage resource information system (CHRIS)

Vileikis, Ona, van Balen, Koen and Santana Quintero, Mario (2011) A tool for world heritage documentation, management and decision making: The silk roads cultural heritage resource information system (CHRIS). In: ICOMOS 17th General Assembly, 2011-11-27 / 2011-12-02, Paris, France. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This paper discusses the application of Information Management Systems (IMS) in cultural heritage management illustrated by the case study of the Silk Roads. The Silk Roads CHRIS deals with the development of an information management system supporting the Central Asian State Parties in their effort to prepare the Silk Road as a World Heritage serial transnational nomination. Serial World Heritage nominations are an innovative concept allowing the nomination of a series of sites linked by one Outstanding Universal Value fostering national and international collaboration. This complex procedure of nominating sites has brought new ways of rethinking heritage as well as new challenges when it comes to site management and monitoring. Serial nominations have to cope with much larger volumes of data and complex participatory processes due to a larger number of stakeholders involved, and require a more sophisticated approach towards information sharing and data integration compared to single properties. The Silk Roads CHRIS is based on the approach of “Preventive Conservation, Maintenance and Monitoring of Monuments and Sites” supported by the PRECOMOS UNESCO Chair. It allows to combine information useful for heritage management, tourism and regional development. Being supportive to the nomination process the Silk Roads CHRIS will also include monitoring aspects and thus be a valuable tool for heritage decision makers. Moreover, the system aims to support both, impact studies of various forms and functions of tourism on heritage as well as the development of site management strategies in a more sustainable manner. It provides an example of cultural cooperation networks, and demonstrates the potential of an improved heritage documentation system.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Vileikis, Ona
van Balen, Koen
Santana Quintero, Mario
Languages: English
Keywords: documentation; management; internet; information management; information management systems; experimenting; monitoring; world heritage sites; world heritage list; preventive conservation; Cultural routes; nominations; cultural tourism; cooperation; databases; IMS
Subjects: E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 07. Cultural routes
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 04. Asia and Pacific islands
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Silk Road, Asia and Europe
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2011, 17th
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2012 14:35
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2023 16:28
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