Historic Conservation and Preservation web map templates

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer

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Two new map templates are now available in ArcGIS Online. Both support creating services and web maps that feature historic preservation and conservation content.  You can find these templates in Historic Conservation and Preservation ArcGIS Resources Group in ArcGIS Online.

The Historic Buildings & Districts Conservation and Preservation Web Map template is an ArcMap editing map, a set of editing workflows for creating and managing historical information about buildings, and a set of ArcMap documents for serving historical building information in a Web Map.

The Scanned Map Services for Historic Conservation & Preservation template is an ArcMap editing map, and a set of georeferencing workflows for creating mosaic datasets and image services from a set of scanned historical maps.

Figure 1 and 2 are examples of what can be created with each of these templates.

Historic Building Conservation and Preservation Web Map Example

Figure 1. This example shows the historical buildings and a web map pop-up that describes the building, whether it is designated/protected and provides a link to documentation that may be available.

Sanborn map excerpt

Figure 2. This example shows an excerpt of a scanned Sanborn map, providing detailed information about buildings that existed at some point in time.

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  1. ngaspard says:

    Sounds like a very useful template. This would also be great to keep track of old and new floodplain study documents, profiles and models, as well as new/old design and as-built plans for things like stormwater infrastructure improvements. Thanks!

  2. cfrye says:

    There is a table in in the database schema that is designed to be for photos, and it could easily be copied and adapted for managing the types of documents you listed Instead of a URL for a photo, which is how we portrayed the use, the URL could be into content management system, which opens up a lot of possibilities. Thanks for the idea.

  3. matt_stutts says:

    While templates like these serve a useful function, particular at the local level or for the use in target applications, one should consider that at State and Federal levels, the inclusion of historic resources (be they buildings, structures, objects, sites, or districts), may likely involve working with properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service has a working set of Cultural Resource Spatial Data Transfer Standards in place internally to deal with a set of required feature-level metadata (fields/values) when working with data from multiple sources. These would be particularly useful to SHPOs looking to work to correct and update NR data at the Federal Level. More info on all of this can be found at http://www.nps.gov/crgis