A CULTURAL LANDSCAPE INFORMATION SYSTEM DEVELOPED WITH OPEN SOURCE TOOLS
- i3mainz, Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology, FH Mainz, University of Applied Sciences, Lucy-Hillebrand-Straße 2, 55128 Mainz, Germany
Keywords: Cultural Heritage, Semantic MediaWiki, Spatial Data Infrastructure, Open Source, E-Governance, Citizen Participation, Quality Management
Abstract. Since 2010, the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany has developed a cultural landscape information system as a process to secure and further enrich aggregate data about its cultural assets. In an open dialogue between governing authorities and citizens, the intention of the project is an active cooperation of public and private actors. A cultural landscape information system called KuLIS was designed as a web platform, combining semantic wiki software with a geographic information system. Based on data sets from public administrations, the information about cultural assets can be extended and enhanced by interested participants. The developed infrastructure facilitates local information accumulation through a crowdsourcing approach. This capability offers new possibilities for e-governance and open data developments. The collaborative approach allows governing authorities to manage and supervise official data, while public participation enables affordable information acquisition. Gathered cultural heritage information can provide incentives for touristic valorisation of communities or concepts for strengthening regional identification. It can also influence political decisions in defining significant cultural regions worth of protecting from industrial influences. The presented cultural landscape information allows citizens to influence the statewide development of cultural landscapes in a democratic way.