Recording, Documentation and Information Management for the Conservation of Heritage Places
Edited by Robin Letellier, Rand Eppich
Routledge – 2011 – 388 pages
This two volume guide provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental principles and guidelines for documenting cultural heritage places. It seeks to aid heritage managers and decision makers in understanding their roles and responsibilities inn this essential activity. Volume 1 (Guiding Principles) explains why heritage managers must make sure that heritage information fully integrated into all research, investigation and conservation activities. Through the discussion of basic principles, benefits and new approaches, it assists those in charge of preserving immovable cultural heritage by bringing current heritage information practices to a new level. By recording we create a reference for evaluating change and add to the understanding of a site. By documenting we guarantee that information is systematically collected and preserved for future use. By managing the information we make it available and provide a basis for sharing our knowledge and understanding. Volume 2 presents illustrated examples from around the world. Good documentation of a site allows for better understanding of the site's value. Recognizing value and significance is often the first step toward a site's eventual conservation. The information obtained through the documentation process allows conservation professionals to record current conditions, consider appropriate conservation options, plan interventions, apply treatments, and finally, measure the results of their efforts. Documentation can be a tool in resolving a conservation issue. This volume presents several illustration examples from around the world, in various stages of conservation.
Volume 1 Guiding Principles Contents Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; Executive Summary; Key Definitions: The Guiding Principles; Background How did this book come about? Overview What are we talking about? Why is heritage information required? When is recording indispensable? Who is producing information, and who is using it? Guidance How does heritage information fit into the conservation process? Why recording, and who produces records? What approach is suggested to ensure systematic documentation and good information management? How are national heritage information policies and related programs developed? Appendixes A: Principles for the Recording of Monuments, Groups of Buildings and Sites; b: Summary of Gaps and Needs Identified during the 2002 RecorDIM Meeting; C: Planning for Recording and Analyzing Masonry Deterioration: The Fort Henry Project; D: Planning for Recording a Specific Structure: the Fort Henry Ditch Tower; E: Summary of Metric Survey Techniques for Heritage Documentation; F: Overview and Evaluation of Information Management Tools; G: Developing a National Heritage Information Policy; H: Overview of Existing Charters and Guidelines; Glossary; Annotated Selected Bibliography; Contributors; Index. Volume 2 Illustrated Examples Contents Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction Informing Conservation, Kate Clark; Tools Overview, Ross Dallas; Base Recording: Gathering Information Rapid Assessment, Anthony Crosby; Wall Deformation, Sandeep Sikka; Defining Cultural Landscape, Geofree Chikwanda; Mapping Features, Jo Anne Van Tilburg, Cristian Arevalo Pakarati, and Alice Hom; A Record for Posterity, Alonzo C. Addison; Condition Assessment: Working with Information Recording Streetscapes, Salim Elwazani and Jose Luis Lerma; Condition Survey, Rand Eppic, Dusan Stulik, and Jaroslave Zastoupil; Building Survey, Christian Ouimet; Inspecting Sites, Kevin L. Jones; Data Management: Analyzing Information Structural Assessment, Gorun Arun; City Inventories, Francesco Siravo; Ancestral Art, Cliff Ogleby; Planning Interventions, Frank Matero and Judy Peters; Virtual Solutions, Jose Luis Lerma and Carmen Perez; Other Tools for Investigation and Monitoring Overview of Diagnostic Indirect Tools for Conservation, John A. Fidler; Subsurface Conditions, Marco Tallini; Monitoring Movement, Giorgio Croci; Traditional Techniques, Caterina Borelli; Reading Interventions, Soon-Kwan Kim; Spiral Jerry, Aurora Tang et al; Petrogylphs in Three Dimensions, Paul G. Bryan; Shedding New Light on Ancient Images, Bud F. Turner; Moisture Survey, Amel Chabbi and Barry Drogin; Recoding during a Restoration Project, Zheng Yu and Li Jainyin; Appendix A: Teaching Approaches, Mario Santana Quintero; Appendix B: Contacts; Glossary; bibliography; About the Editors.