REINVENT - Reinventory-ing Heritage: Exploring the potential of public participation GIS to capture heritage values and dissonance
REINVENT is a two-year EU-funded research project which addresses the challenges pertaining to the management of cultural heritage in contested cross-border contexts in Europe, with a particular focus on the cross-border cultural landscape of Derry-Londonderry.
The project engages with participatory practices in cultural heritage management and the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to mapping heritage on a cross-border basis on the island of Ireland. More specifically, it is proposed that a public participation GIS (PPGIS) methodology and tool be developed to capture a plurality of heritage values ascribed by a range of communities at multiple spatial scales in the region (from site specific to landscape).
It is argued that mediating between the competing uses of heritage is ultimately founded on identifying value conflicts and 'dissonance' so as to help manage contestation over time. Developing strategies to address these challenges in local contexts can greatly assist spatial planning and cultural heritage management policymakers/practitioners.
Professor Mark Boyle is the PI on the REINVENT Project with Dr Andrew McClelland the Postdoctoral Research Fellow.