JAIC 2003, Volume 42, Number 1, Article 7 (pp. 113 to 119)
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Journal of the American Institute for Conservation
JAIC 2003, Volume 42, Number 1, Article 7 (pp. 113 to 119)

TECHNOLOGY FOR CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: THE HISTORIC HOUSE TRUST INFORMATION SYSTEM

BENJAMIN HAAVIK



6 CONSIDERATIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION

In terms of the financial considerations required to implement this system, the Trust was able to create the entire HHTIS at little cost to the organization because the staff developed the database, and the computers and software were in hand. This will not be the case for all organizations; not all groups will have these tools and on-staff expertise. In the present technology market, however, the hardware and software can be obtained without a major financial outlay. Digital cameras are becoming cost-effective as prices decrease and quality increases. Though GIS is typically an expensive technology, there are a number of possibilities that can make it cost-effective for an organization. Database design is the only potentially expensive proposition, but a defined vision of the organizational needs can prevent major expenses. For a large resource or management problem, any expenses will be minimal when compared to the overall savings in time and resources created by the system.


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