Good Data Management

The Cultural Heritage Center encourages grantees to follow the good data management principles and practices described in the U.S. Federal Data Strategy.

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Harness Existing Data: Identify data needs to inform priority research and policy questions; reuse data if possible and acquire additional data if needed.



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Anticipate Future Uses: Create data thoughtfully, considering fitness for use by others; plan for reuse and build in interoperability from the start.



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Demonstrate Responsiveness: Improve data collection, analysis, and dissemination with ongoing input from users and stakeholders. The feedback process is cyclical; establish a baseline, gain support, collaborate, and refine continuously.



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Ensure Relevance: Protect the quality and integrity of the data. Validate that data are appropriate, accurate, objective, accessible, useful, understandable, and timely.

How To Share Your Content

There are several good platforms to share your data, when relevant and feasible. Here are a few. If you know of more please alert the Cultural Heritage Center.

Open Heritage 3D

Open Heritage 3D is an initiative to provide free access to high resolution 3D data of cultural heritage sites across the world. It is a joint project between CyArk, Historic Environment Scotland and the University of South Florida Libraries.

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ICOMOS Open Archive

The ICOMOS Open Archive accepts peer reviewed scientific or technical documents, in all languages, on topics related to the field of conservation and restoration of monuments, sites and landscapes.

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Europeana pro

We empower the cultural heritage sector in its digital transformation. We develop expertise, tools and policies to embrace digital change and encourage partnerships that foster innovation.

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Open Context

We empower the cultural heritage sector in its digital transformation. We develop expertise, tools and policies to embrace digital change and encourage partnerships that foster innovation.

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tDAR

The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) is an international digital repository for the digital records of archaeological investigations. tDAR’s use, development, and maintenance are governed by Digital Antiquity, an organization dedicated to ensuring the long-term preservation of irreplaceable archaeological data and to broadening the access to these data.

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Tools for Collecting and Structuring Data

Technology solutions can speed the collection and sharing of data in structured ways that make the data more accessible and easier for researchers, preservationists, law enforcement and communities to use. Here are a few. If you know of more please alert the Cultural Heritage Center.

AMAL is a heritage management program supported by a technology platform designed for the preparedness, response, and recovery from damage caused to heritage areas, buildings, or artifacts.

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Arches is an open source software platform freely available for cultural heritage organizations to independently deploy to help them manage their cultural heritage data.

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Collective Access is free open-source software for managing and publishing museum and archival collections.

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Collective Space is web-based, open-source collections management software for museums and more.

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CHC does not endorse these products and services but merely offers them for informational purposes