On 14 May 2014 the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) is hosted a one-day seminar on behalf of FISH and HEIRNET at the University of York to discuss common issues facing the historic environment information sector and make progress towards a shared vision and agenda for historic environment information management.
TACOS will build 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).
The seminar will investigate current historic environment information management practices and identify areas for improvement through cross-sector collaboration through three overarching themes of:
The one-day seminar will bring together a diverse group of representatives from across different areas of the sector in 'world café style' discussion sessions. Delegates will be rotated between tables to encourage new dialogue between individuals representing different areas of the sector. Each session will start with three keynotes introducing different topics within the main theme followed by breakout sessions to discuss key issues and look at potential solutions.
A parallel 'virtual' seminar was held alongside the York seminar to encourage remote participation.
The seminar will comprise three discussion sessions that will build upon themes highlighted in keynotes from speakers with each session focusing on three central questions. In addition, there will be one overarching question for each session that will be put to remote delegates* via various media channels supporting the ‘virtual seminar’. Responses to these questions will be posted on screens during breakout sessions to encourage further discussion around issues raised.
Prof. Chris Gosden, EngLaId Project, University of Oxford
Kirsty Lingstadt & Peter McKeague, RCAHMS
Victoria Bryant, Archive & Archaeology Service Manager, The Hive
Session 1: Breakout discussion
11.35 – 13.15 Introduced by Edmund Lee (English Heritage)
Kenneth Aitchison, Landward Research Ltd.
Unfortunately speaker Julian Richards was unable to attend the seminar. The change to the timetable enabled more time for questions and answers from the York delegates as well as virtual participants.
Questions to speakers
Session 2: Breakout Discussion
14.15 – 15.45 Introduced by Keith May (English Heritage)
Ceri Binding, Hypermedia Research Unit, University of South Wales
Paul Cripps, Hypermedia Research Unit, University of South Wales
Dan Pett, Portable Antiquities ICT Advisor
Questions to speakers
Session 3: Breakout discussion
The discussion points are only the start to get you thinking about the issues that are important to you! Send your thoughts on how we can progress a collaborative strategy by emailing tacos [at] archaeologyuk.org or by Tweeting using #TACOS2014 #HistEnviron.
Proceedings from the event, including issues raised during discussion sessions, virtual participation via social media and formal feedback, will be compiled into a report to be produced by the CBA. The report will be available for consultation from September 2014 and will suggest ways forward that will help us develop a common research agenda and strategy for UK historic environment information management in the future.