TECHNOLOGY FOR CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: THE HISTORIC HOUSE TRUST INFORMATION SYSTEM
The Trust has found technology to be a boon for cultural resource management. With a small staff, diminishing resources, and increasing responsibilities, it is easy to be overwhelmed. Time and resources can be better utilized with an information system that provides quick access to data—whether it is basic maintenance information or the condition of the windows on the east facade. All divisions of the Trust use an IS as a part of their work processes, so combining these under one umbrella, the HHTIS, means better efficiency and less redundancy. Digital photography brings additional capabilities to the Trust, as easily accessible photographs can be used in a number of different applications. Finally, the use of GIS provides a whole new format by which to understand trends, analyze data, or access information. Technology is becoming important in all facets of modern life and is proving to be just as essential in the world of cultural resource management.