Building a GIS with applications for use by the research community, policy makers and the public.
A web-accessible GIS application will be developed that can contain archaeological and historical information on underwater sites as well as soundings, multibeam and side scan sonar images, geological, climatological, geochemical and biological information and information about relevant human activities.
All are made accessible for the different research disciplines. The GIS will be developed with two levels of access (general access for people involved in the protection of cultural heritage and scientists + dedicated information for the general public about under water cultural heritage) and three special applications (a site for scientific data-exchange, a public access portal and a decision-support system (DSS)).
The general layers in the GIS will be:
Administrative borders (national/ European);
archaeological layer (test areas);
layer of rules and laws (national/ European and test areas)
Depth maps (test areas)
Sedimentation-erosion models (a result from the working group)
for test areas
During the project it is the aim to test other information layers
in specific areas (the test areas)
Central to the project is the use of GIS, to be established using the appropriate spatial data standards. Data will be transported to and taken out of this system to analyse the situation on site and regional level. GIS will contain many different kinds of information collected from many different sources (including sediment models).
The database will be continuously updated with new information. The GIS will be web based and can be accessed by all applicants. It is the aim of the project group to develop the system in such a way that after the project (POST 2009) it will still be active and that it can easily extended with other countries.