Posted on 15 January 2002
Each institution maintains its own records but searching them individually is time consuming and can be expensive. HEIRPORT, the Historic Environment Information Resources Portal, allows users to search several national heritage databases simultaneously, providing immediate 24-hour access to the ADS catalogue ArcHSearch; CANMORE (the Scottish National Monuments Record); SCRAN (the Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network); and the Portable Antiquities scheme database. The Archaeology Data Service (ADS) based at the University of York, offers an alternative which is quick and easy to use but does not guarantee the most complete or up-to-date information.
The new portal has been developed for HEIRNET (the Historic Environment Information Resources Network) to enable organisations holding information about the historic environment to join together, sharing skills and improving access to their resources. HEIRPORT was developed by ADS at the University of York with technical assistance from the University of Kent at Canterbury and System Simulation Limited.
People with an interest in their local environment can use HEIRPORT to discover information held by several different organisations. HEIRPORT is tailored to serve their needs and will continue to develop - in future additional information resources will be added from museums, National Monuments Records and lottery-funded projects.
MP Tam Dalyell will launch HEIRPORT at the British Museum during the British Archaeology Awards lecture on 23 January.