DoD Legacy Data: Leveraging GIS and the Web for Success


While facility-wide cultural resource management at large DoD installations has increasingly been managed with GIS, many organizations have legacy information in the form of hard copy reports and non-searchable site files. In order to successfully fulfill legal and ethical responsibilities as long-term stewards of cultural resources on these installations, it is imperative that DoD staff make the incorporation of these legacy records into their enterprise GIS management framework a priority.

For Edwards Air Force Base, HDR designed and deployed a web-based SQL server application to facilitate the document analysis and data entry from multiple archeologists into the established DoD cultural resources GIS schema. The application was developed to handle basic conflict resolution among data entries and facilitated streamlined QC reviews. The SQL application and web interface were designed to utilize a primary spatial table and secondary non-spatial tables. This allowed for additional contextual information to be added for historic properties, allowing for improved review process and research design capacity. In total HDR performed digital curation of over 4,800 site records on EAFB into an ESRI geodatabase file that is fully compatible with the installation’s enterprise GIS, and contributed significantly to the long-term management of cultural resources on the installation.

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DoD Legacy Data: Leveraging GIS and the Web for Success. Daniel Leonard, Kendra Rodgers McGraw, Beniamino Volta. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 442703)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -124.189; min lat: 31.803 ; max long: -105.469; max lat: 43.58 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 22015