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Rock art CARE: A cross-platform mobile application for crowdsourcing heritage conservation data for the safeguarding of open-air rock art

Lookup NU author(s): Mark Turner, Stephen Dowsland, Dr Aron Mazel, Dr Myra GiesenORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Emerald Publishing, 2018.

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Crowdsourcing heritage information has enormous potential to help gather data needed to make decisions over deployment of resources and heritage conservation funding. Taking advantage of the rapid proliferation of mobile devices, such as phones and tablets, packed with sensors to record data about the real world, and the global growth of mobile app stores; reaching potential crowdsourcing volunteers is easier than ever before. This paper describes the design of a mobile application known as Rock Art CARE (Condition Assessment Risk Evaluation) to crowdsource heritage conservation data, in the context of rock art conservation.As with conservation efforts of any kind, accurate information is vital to make informed triage decisions over where to route effort, resources and funding. The Rock Art CARE application is a cross platform mobile application for crowdsourcing information about rock art carvings, where the collated data are stored in a central location for access by different stakeholders.The paper goes on to detail the web portal with its API (Application Programming Interface) and database schema, and how the collected data are passed on to policy and decision makers to aid in the identification and conservation of the carvings most at risk.The paper presents a method of harnessing common technology to forge a link between the mobile devices of the general public and key stakeholders responsible for the preservation of the UK's rock art.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Turner M, Dowsland S, Mazel A, Giesen M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

Year: 2018

Volume: 8

Issue: 4

Pages: 420-433

Print publication date: 01/10/2018

Online publication date: 12/04/2018

Acceptance date: 24/01/2018

Date deposited: 15/03/2018

ISSN (print): 2044-1266

ISSN (electronic): 2044-1274

Publisher: Emerald Publishing


DOI: 10.1108/JCHMSD-09-2017-0064


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