Gawler Ranges Cultural and Ecological Information Management System (CEIMS)

 

Overview

Cultural and Natural Resource Database Implementation (2010)

A workshop was held the early stages of 2010 with Traditional owners to understand the aspirations and requirements of a cultural heritage database.

This information was used to by ESS to tailor and implement the Cultural and Ecological Information Management (CEIMS).

In August 2010, Traditional owners of the Gawler Ranges in South Australia were trained to use the system.

Training involved visits to rock holes, field based recording of sites using data recording sheets, GPS and Digital cameras

Using the system Rock hole details can be forwarded electronically to the South Australian Aboriginal Heritage Site database.

The system provides site maintenance schedules and other content that describe the characteristics and management requirements of rock holes.

Opportunities now exist for CEIMS to become an effective site conservation and management tool provided that it conforms to short and long term aspirations of traditional owners from the region.

The value and significance of CEIMS can be enhanced over time by ensuring that standards (for collecting data and recording it) are enforced on researchers and projects that involve data collation and collection activities throughout the region

Data collection training (2011)

Environmental Systems Solutions has been working with the South Australian Native Title Service and traditional owners from the Gawler Ranges in South Australia to provide easy tools for collecting cultural site data.

ESS has developed a customised CyberTracker application that will allow park rangers and traditional owners to collect cultural heritage related data from the field and then transfer that data into CEIMS.

ESS has recently visited the Gawler Ranges to carry out training in the use of these new devices.

ESS travelled with participants to several sites containing rockholes, artefact scatters and other culturally significant features.

These sites were recorded by responding to a series of questions presented on the hand held device. Audio descriptions, photos, site coordinates, size of site, cultural restrictions and other important characteristics were captured.

Once back in 3G internet coverage these data were transferred into the CEIMS to be shared with other community members and other authorised users.

Once authorised, cultural site information fed into CEIMS via these hand held devices will be digitally transferred to the South Australian Aboriginal Site register so that these areas are registered unders the Aboriginal Heritage Act.