SAHRIS: MANAGING OLD THINGS WITH NEW IDEAS
Nicholas Wiltshire
South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA)

 

Abstract
The development of the South African Heritage Resources Information System, commonly known as SAHRIS, began in January 2012. The first version has been gradually rolled out to SAHRA and the Provincial Heritage Authorities since May 2012. A number of standalone databases have since been migrated into the integrated heritage management system such as the declared sites database, the KwaZulu-Natal Museum and the University of Cape Town’s archaeology databases and Amafa/Heritage KwaZulu-Natal’s heritage survey of buildings of local significance in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The system was developed using the Drupal Content Management System and it interfaces with an open source mapserver (Geoserver). Over 1900 users have registered over the last year of operation on the public domain and more than 100 000 records have been entered into SAHRIS. Amafa/Heritage KwaZulu-Natal is the leading heritage authority at provincial level and has been the first authority to adopt the system completely besides SAHRA at national level. Some of the challenges, accomplishments and progress of the implementation of SAHRIS will be discussed specifically regarding the use of the system in KZN. We will then move onto the future features, datasets and directions of SAHRIS over the next couple of years and how these will benefit members of the public, developers and conservation practitioners in KZN.

 

Presentation Topic
SAHRIS: MANAGING OLD THINGS WITH NEW IDEAS
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