Web enabling local heritage and archaelogy

6 years ago I was involved in a project to port part of the national sites and monument data set onto a gps enabled pda. The project in many ways was 4 years ahead of its time so we had a very hard time trying to convince local govt agencies how this could boost tourism.
The advent of google maps and the kml file format as well as the availability of local data in ESRI shape file formats meant that we could achieve the same goals but via a critical mass interface i.e google maps.
This meant using archaeology.ie new interface and their download esri facility, converting the data to kml. Annotating the resulting kml file to include relevant place names etc.
The final result is a map that displays 130 (approx) entries on an interactive map. A description of each piece of heritage is provided as well as its easting and northing coordinates.
The next phase of the project will be determined by user and local feedback.
Beta Upperchurch Heritage Map


  1. John says:

    Liam, I’ve been trying to use your google/archaeology maps but it will not zoom into any level of detail. I’m on a GPRS vodafone card and maybe that’s causing probs. I’ll try again when at a faster connection and look forward to seeing what you’ve done. JT

  2. John says:

    Hello again, it worked this evening and is a sneak peek into the future. Well done! We’re starting to use Archgis for professional archaeological works but ultimately i think a lot of the datasets we produce will end up plotted like you have done with the rmp data. An average single site archaeological GIS dataset would be approx 30 mb.
    An urban trial would be interesting and location based linking ie. if you walk by an urban mill and your phone beeps to tell you this was once a tower house (I’m thinking of an example in Dungarvan). I guess this could happen from an inbuilt gps.

  3. Liam Noonan says:

    Hi John,
    We have some ideas about how we would like to make it interactive. Your suggestion is interesting. I like the google maps platform as its supported by the Apple Iphone and could be handled by the nokia N95 eventhough they use navteq maps.
    I will be interesting to see what the spec for google OS for mobile phones (Gphone) will deliver.
    Triangulation via masts or rfid tags on buildings may allow for alternative methods for identification of sites.
    Would be interested to discuss this and other ideas.

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