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Get involved with the future of historic environment information management

CBA Director Mike Heyworth rounds off a day discussing the future of information management in the historic environment sector.

 For anyone that missed the TACOS (Towards a Collaborative Strategy for sector information management) seminar on Wednesday 14 May or indeed those who attended and want to recap, we now have fully edited videos from all speakers available on the IfA IMSIG TACOS landing page. Please note: audio issues we experienced during live streaming of the first session have now been fully resolved on the edited footage.

To follow the whole seminar from start to finish go to the IfA IMSIG landing page.

TACOS Seminar Timetable (340.0K, .PDF)

The seminar built upon a ‘show and tell’ event (the NACHOS seminar) held at the British Museum in November 2012, which identified the need for integration of information sources in support of the National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP).

Through a combination of presentations and discussion sessions, the seminar looked at current historic environment information management practices and sought to identify areas for improvement through cross-sector collaboration through three overarching themes of:

  • Use of information and reuse of data (e.g. ‘Big Data’ projects reusing historic environment information/datasets, the role of information standards, the integration of different types of historic environment information built heritage information)
  • Skills development (e.g. skill gaps in professional practice)
  • Use of new information systems and technology (e.g. access to information and technology, how skills development and training is accessed – potential barriers)


So what happens now? We would very much like to keep the buzz surrounding TACOS going (it was apparently trending on Twitter in the UK on the day of the seminar). We made it clear that the seminar was a way of opening up sector-wide discussions and we want this to continue so we can reach as wide an audience as possible. The CBA will be compiling a report on the event which will collate and analyse discussion points, questions raised, and feedback received to identify actions and ways forward. So make sure you have your say and get involved with ongoing discussions on Twitter with #histenviron, email or post comments/questions on the CBA Facebook Group.

The report from the seminar will be made publicly available from early autumn 2014. As the information management environment is constantly changing we hope to make the report available as a wiki so it is not perceived as a static document and can be updated.

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