CHIMS The Cultural Heritage Inventory Management System for the Maltese Islands

CHIMS The Cultural Heritage Inventory Management System for the Maltese Islands

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The 7th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage VAST (2006) M. Ioannides, D. Arnold, F. Niccolucci, K. Mania (Editors) CHIMS: The Cultural Heritage Inventory Management System for the Maltese Islands C. Michelle Buhagiar, 1 Tony Bailey and Maria Gove 2 1 Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, Malta 2 Datatrak Solutions International Ltd, Malta ___________________________________________________________________________ Abstract The Cultural Heritage Act of 2002 identified the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage as the statutory body responsible for the development and management of a national inventory of cultural heritage in Malta. To this end, the Superintendence launched the CHIMS (Cultural Heritage Inventory Management System) Project. The main objective of CHIMS is to create a new knowledge-based context for understanding, managing and disseminating data concerning cultural heritage. CHIMS aims at enabling access to cultural heritage as a requirement for protection as well as a fundamental human right. Increasingly, it is becoming clear that speed and accuracy in data capture and retrieval are critical to heritage management and protection. Public access to data-storage is similarly becoming an increasingly important issue. It is acknowledged that these objectives should be addressed and are to be achieved through the use of advanced IT technologies. For the first time in Malta, an internet-based core for heritage data management is being created, providing an effective platform for improved public heritage management as well as improved contact between government and society at large. Following a thorough systems analysis, needs assessment and design exercise – which took a holistic and integrated approach to cultural heritage data management, addressing such diverse resources as museum collections, archives, archaeological and geological deposits, architectural resources, rural and urban landscapes and marine resources – a specific, custom-built internet and GIS based system was designed to cater for all the requirements identified by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage as necessary for the management of Malta’s vast and varied cultural heritage data. CHIMS is not merely an electronic inventory of cultural assets, but is principally a heritage data management tool, also including the automation of some of the Superintendence’s functions. The System is currently being developed and will be launched by the end of 2006. It is envisaged that the experience gained through the development of the CHIMS Project can also be beneficial to an international audience in that it can serve as a focal point for training and for promoting standards and best practice. Novel Internet-based Cultural Heritage Applications: H.2 Database Management
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