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How to become a FISH member

New members are always welcome.

Membership is free. All you need to do to join FISH is to subscribe to the FISH mailing list on JISCMail. This enables you to join our discussion forums and e-conferences, and participate in the development of heritage standards and documentation tools either actively or as an observer.

The FISH list: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=FISH 

To join, please contact JISCMail and specify ‘FISH’ as the group you want to subscribe to. More information on how to join can be found here:

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UK Digital Strategy (1 March 2017)

The Secretary of State for Culture Media & Sport has launched the Government’s UK Digital Strategy. The Strategy commits to ‘undertake a major enhancement and rationalisation of heritage records nationally and locally’ as well as considering how the planning system can be made both more efficient and give the public greater involvement through better use of data and digital tools.

  • Click here to read the strategy
  • Click here to see the section on Heritage Records (see the section ‘Culture’)
  • Click here to see a useful summary by Heritage Alliance

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FISH Thesauri updated – Version 20 (February 2017)

We have now updated the FISH Thesauri (version 20). 

Click here to view the latest versions.

Candidate terms (terminology suggestions) are submitted to FISH all year round. Terms are processed and usually added to the FISH thesauri and authority files as and when they come in. Once a year the main thesauri are updated and uploaded to this website, where you can browse for a specific term, and Heritage Data, a related website, where you can download key thesauri as CSVPDF and LOD formats.

Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the FISH thesauri or candidate terms.

The US National Park Service and spatial data transfer standards

In 2010 the US National Park Service (NPS) approved cultural resource spatial data transfer standards to help document the lineage of their cultural resource spatial data, used in geographic information system (GIS) applications throughout the NPS and for the public.

The standards also help integrate the numerous cultural resource databases maintained by the NPS for cultural resource management. In 2014 the Cultural Resource GIS Facility (CRGIS) implemented these standards with the Cultural Landscapes Inventory and List of Classified Structures databases.

Working with NPS regional GIS coordinators as well as regional cultural resource managers, the project automates legacy data contained within these databases, creating enhanced GIS data and forming a base for an authoritative NPS-wide cultural resource data set.

The purpose of these spatial data transfer standards is to facilitate updating, transforming and integrating digital experiences within the US National Park Service to enhance public understanding as well as internal NPS resource management.

For more information about this project: https://www.ncptt.nps.gov/blog/creating-enterprise-nps-cultural-resource-spatial-data/

Arches (open source heritage management software): Project Update

The Getty Conservation Institute (USA) has entered into collaborative agreements with Historic England and the City of Lincoln Council (England) to implement the Arches software platform, which will categorize, map, and describe the rich cultural heritage of Greater London and the City of Lincoln. The partnership provides a new way for the three organizations to work together to promote the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of these cities and their histories.

For more information, see the Getty Conservation Institute’s press release from November 16, 2016:

http://news.getty.edu/press-materials/press-releases/getty-conservation-institute-historic-england-city-of-lincoln.htm

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FISH Thesauri updated – Version 19

Candidate terms (terminology suggestions) are submitted to FISH all year round. Terms are processed and usually added to the FISH thesauri and authority files as and when they come in. Every six months or so the main thesauri are updated and uploaded to this website, where you can browse for a specific term, and Heritage Data, a related website, where you can download key thesauri as CSV, PDF and LOD formats.

Click here to view the latest versions of the FISH thesauri.

Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the FISH thesauri or candidate terms.

Version 19 released 10 Oct 2016

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Council for British Archaeology: Post-referendum archaeology (1 Aug 2016)

The Council for British Archaeology explores the long term impact of Brexit on British archaeology.  The article discusses:

  • Higher Education sector research networks and funding (UK’s higher education institutions reliance on EU funding);
  • possible impact on the private sector (too soon to judge if this will be a long term negative trend);
  • and the opportunity for UK’s government to revisit the decision to impose a 20% rate of VAT on the repair and conservation of historic buildings.

Click here for the full article.

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FISH website change 1 July 2016

Welcome to our new website!

FISH changed it’s website on the 1st of July 2016.

Content is largely the same but we have added a few new sections, such as pointers to other terminology and heritage information resources.

We have changed the URL so please update your bookmark!

Please share and contribute content. Help us improve the website by keeping it relevant and current. Let us know of any developments within heritage data standards and terminology management that you or your organization is working on.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Information sharing strategies in the UK

There are a number of on-going data sharing initiatives happening across the country, involving cross-sectoral partnerships and collaboration to help protect, promote and enhance Britain’s historic environment. Key initiatives include:

FISH Thesauri updated – Version 18

Candidate terms (terminology suggestions) are submitted to FISH all year round. Terms are processed and usually added to the FISH thesauri and authority files as and when they come in. Every six months or so the main thesauri are updated and uploaded to this website, where you can browse for a specific term, and Heritage Data, a related website, where you can download key thesauri as CSV, PDF and LOD formats.

Click here to view the latest versions of the FISH thesauri. 

Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the FISH thesauri or candidate terms.

Version 18 released 19 Jan 2016

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