A study of the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as an advocacy and planning tool for local historic preservation organizations and preservation planning departments
Feild, Lori Ann
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The historic preservation field has the challenge of maintaining and perpetuating the architectural and cultural history of the United States. There is an extensive number of historic resources throughout the country, which each have numerous related documents that provide the context and background on the property. In order to catalog and analyze the information in an effective manner, historic preservationists must utilize the new technologies available, including Geographic Information Systems, or GIS. Through the review of examples from various business fields and industries, as well as innovative historic preservation programs, the application of a GIS to the historic preservation field is evident. As the local level of historic preservation is the cornerstone for the field, a set of guidelines has been created to assist local historic preservation non-profit organizations and preservation planning departments to begin implementing a GIS.