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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
http://www.irishsilicon.com/dcomms/api.html