Indigenous Heritage Management
Cohga’s Indigenous Heritage Information Management System (ACHRIS) is a web application that combines a forms-based workflow and spatial system to provide staff, key stakeholders and the public the ability to query, report and manage cultural heritage information in a single, easily accessible spatially-enabled environment.
Weave has been implemented as a platform for Cultural Heritage database and registers across three Australian States, providing efficient and user-friendly access to cultural heritage information maintained in accordance with Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Acts and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Acts
Cultural Heritage Data Base and Register
The cultural heritage register holds information about cultural heritage areas that are subject to a cultural heritage management plan, cultural heritage bodies and details of statutory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) parties.
The register is available to the public as a repository of information for land-use planning (including local government planning schemes and regional planning strategies) and as a research and planning tool to help people in the consideration of the ATSI cultural heritage values of particular objects and update areas.
The system combines a forms-based workflow and spatial system to provide staff, key stakeholders and the public the ability to query, report and manage the cultural heritage information in a single, easily accessible spatially-enabled environment.
Staff can quickly and easily respond to enquiries from the public about cultural heritage through the forms-based workflow and the graphical query and reporting tools. Staff can also quickly and easily update and manage the database and register.
External land users, such as other government departments, property developers, mining companies, lawyers, and consultants are able to directly access the new system as registered users and conduct their own queries to satisfy their duty of care requirements. This has provided land users with significant efficiencies and slashed the amount of effort and time involved in the search and reporting process.
The system provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parties with direct access to their cultural heritage information in a spatially-enabled environment. This is resulting in a much more engaged process that better ensures the protection and management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage.
Traditional owners are now managing the data themselves to ensure their cultural heritage interests are clearly identified for external stakeholders that want to utilise the land.
Cultural heritage management is a very complex and convoluted process as there are many cultural assets owned and managed by many ATSI stakeholders, often with overlapping claims and responsibilities. Due to cultural sensitivities, it is vital that the cultural heritage of particular ATSI stakeholders is not accessible to other ATSI stakeholders. The new system achieves this using a roles based security system to confine stakeholders to their area and assets of responsibility, and the underlying spatial technology allows this to be presented on an easy to read map.