Cultural Resources GIS Program, NPS

Cultural Resources GIS Program, NPS This is the official page of the National Park Service, Cultural Resource GIS Program. The Cultural Resource GIS Facility (CRGIS) is the only program within the National Park Service (NPS) dedicated to developing and fostering the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) technologies in documenting, analyzing and managing cultural resources.
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For 20 years the mission of CRGIS has been to institutionalize GIS and GPS into the daily practice of cultural resource management by adapting these technologies to field surveys and inventory maintenance, as well as addressing links between cultural resource databases using locational information, all with the aim of increasing the effectiveness of cultural resource planning. Functioning inside and outside the NPS, CRGIS partners include other NPS programs and units, State/Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, local agencies, preservation organizations, universities and other Federal agencies. CRGIS provides a wide array of technical services and training as well in applying these technologies to specific cultural resource management projects.

Mission: CRGIS works on projects that illustrate how GIS and GPS technologies can better illustrate cultural resources, provide increased access to sites and allow users to engage in dynamic analysis of sites. Projects range from focusing on the documentation of resources such as engineering features and structures to large landscapes and traditional cultural properties. CRGIS also works on using GIS and GPS to help inventory cultural resources from battlefields to cemeteries. With increased awareness of climate change, following disasters, such as hurricanes or floods, CRGIS develops strategies to use these technologies to identify and evaluate affected properties, determine their historic significance and document the resources to assist in compliance with historic preservation laws, as well as provide protection in the event of other disasters. CRGIS explores the use of all forms of spatial technologies related to geographically representing cultural resources, providing better visualization, analysis and resource protection/planning tools.

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In 2019 the Historic American Building Survey, Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS, in cooperation with the Alabama Afr...
02/08/2021
Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites

In 2019 the Historic American Building Survey, Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS, in cooperation with the Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium, documented the Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites, including along the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, with photographs and histories.
You can view the story map at: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/538fdaaf3d0f4cb69d835cd78ab5515e

A tour of the Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites

If you've been watching the inauguration ceremonies you saw the motorcade leave Arlington National Cemetery and cross th...
01/20/2021

If you've been watching the inauguration ceremonies you saw the motorcade leave Arlington National Cemetery and cross the Arlington Memorial Bridge. Find out more about this often overlooked landmark in this Story Map highlighting the historical and engineering documentation done by the Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS.
You can see the Story Map here: https://bit.ly/2OAERuF

There is a lot of security here in DC in preparation for inauguration day this week.  While we can't really get in to th...
01/18/2021
Ancient coffins, burial sites and a funeral temple discovered in Saqqara necropolis will 'rewrite history'

There is a lot of security here in DC in preparation for inauguration day this week. While we can't really get in to the office right now, let's try exploring some other new places, making history of their own!!
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-saqqara-coffins-intl-scli/index.html

A cache of ancient burial shafts containing hundreds of wooden coffins dating back to the New Kingdom are among a new batch of major discoveries found at Egypt's Saqqara archaeological site.

Happy 136th birthday to Alice Paul. Ms. Paul was a suffragist, feminist, and founder of the National Woman's Party. Her ...
01/11/2021
National Park Service Commemoration of the 19th Amendment

Happy 136th birthday to Alice Paul. Ms. Paul was a suffragist, feminist, and founder of the National Woman's Party. Her work, and the work of many others, led to the passing of the 19th amendment in 1920.
See what the National Park Service is doing to mark the anniversary of the 19th at: https://arcg.is/1aqeWL

Events and programs that have been held, are planned, or are ongoing that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment

An oldy but goody!
01/09/2021

An oldy but goody!

Right?!

12/31/2020

We're happy to see 2020 in the rear view! Here's hoping 2021 is better for us all!!
Happy New Year!!!

I know folks probably ate a lot over the past few weeks, even with smaller gatherings...but it's never a bad thing to ha...
12/29/2020
Ancient snack stall uncovered in Pompeii, revealing bright frescoes and traces of 2,000-year-old street food

I know folks probably ate a lot over the past few weeks, even with smaller gatherings...but it's never a bad thing to have snack options, right? Did you see this discovery from Pompeii???
https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/26/europe/pompeii-shop-archaeology-intl/index.html

Archaeologists in Pompeii, the city buried in a volcanic eruption in 79 AD, have made the extraordinary find of a frescoed hot food and drinks shop that served up the ancient equivalent of street food to Roman passersby.

Did you see this news? What an amazing discovery!! I hope they are documenting this...and of course, mapping the extent ...
12/09/2020
Incredible Cave Paintings 8 Miles-Long Discovered Deep in Amazon Forest: The Sistine Chapel of Ancients

Did you see this news? What an amazing discovery!! I hope they are documenting this...and of course, mapping the extent of it!
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/colombian-cave-painting-discovery-hailed-as-sistine/?fbclid=IwAR0Nyd5JGmLwG_Mm44dv0f5Qq2KWzFfmyOYAA3sfB0jFna_tgELGi63s6Nc

An 8-mile long wall of over 10,000 cave paintings was discoverd in Colombia, and is being dubbed the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients.

So, it's still 2020 and nothing is what we thought it was anymore! Check this out...even Mt. Everest is getting taller! ...
12/08/2020
Mount Everest is more than two feet taller, China and Nepal announce

So, it's still 2020 and nothing is what we thought it was anymore! Check this out...even Mt. Everest is getting taller! Take a look at how they measured the elevation....
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/12/new-height-of-mount-everest-announced-by-china-and-nepal/

Based on parallel surveys conducted by the two countries, the new height measurement is not yet set in stone as scientists and mapmakers prepare to analyze the findings.

Need to go on some virtual travel? Check out the new discoveries at Pompeii. While you are at it, consider how we preser...
12/04/2020
The race against time to save Pompeii

Need to go on some virtual travel? Check out the new discoveries at Pompeii. While you are at it, consider how we preserve archaeological sites that are interpreted. Mapping and documenting is certainly one way, but Pompeii is an unique situation.
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/pompeii-new-excavations-looting/index.html

The bodies of victims of the Vesuvius eruption, including a man and his slave, and three horses, are the latest discoveries at Pompeii. New villas have also been uncovered. But the new excavations are happening because the site is in danger

We need a "feel good" 2020 story right about now!  How about these lucky historic home owners???https://www.cnn.com/2020...
12/03/2020
Couple finds more than 66 bottles of Prohibition-era whiskey hidden in the walls of their New York home

We need a "feel good" 2020 story right about now! How about these lucky historic home owners???
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/25/us/whiskey-bottles-found-new-york-home-walls-trnd/index.html?fbclid=IwAR3Ak4uh0UvMhObX294Btr4lK5juGj-squSlr3PcCXHWZqF-2obbY9qb6sc

When a New York couple was told their over 100-year-old home was built by a notorious bootlegger, they passed it off as small town legend.

Thinking about a "revised" Thanksgiving this year?  Well...don't forget the side dishes, no matter how few people you ar...
11/18/2020
This map highlights the most popular Thanksgiving sides in each state

Thinking about a "revised" Thanksgiving this year? Well...don't forget the side dishes, no matter how few people you are celebrating with in person!
https://www.timeout.com/usa/news/this-map-highlights-the-most-popular-thanksgiving-sides-in-each-state-110920?fbclid=IwAR3SqHpr8qnUCxf0zllDc3R-HT_-yWbPhZ1WWlUK1FaIqXmfi0ZCmw_adL0

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is almost upon us?RECOMMENDED: Awesome Twitter reactions to President-Elect Joe Biden's victory speechAlthough we're aware

Happy birthday to Elizabeth Cady Stanton! Born November 12th, 1815, her activism inspired many other women and eventuall...
11/12/2020
National Park Service Commemoration of the 19th Amendment

Happy birthday to Elizabeth Cady Stanton! Born November 12th, 1815, her activism inspired many other women and eventually led to women gaining the right to vote when the19th Amendment was ratified on August 18th, 1920.
So here's to the 205th birthday to Ms. Stanton and happy 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
Interested in ways the National Park Service is commemorating the 19th Amendment? Check out this Story Map at: https://arcg.is/1aqeWL

Events and programs that have been held, are planned, or are ongoing that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Did you vote during this election? Did you know that it has only been 100 years that women in the United States have had...
11/04/2020
National Park Service Commemoration of the 19th Amendment

Did you vote during this election? Did you know that it has only been 100 years that women in the United States have had the right to vote?
Learn about how many of the NPS Parks and Programs are commemorating the anniversary of the 19th Amendment with this Story Map at: https://arcg.is/1aqeWL

Events and programs that have been held, are planned, or are ongoing that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment

We miss you Ed
10/24/2020

We miss you Ed

Remembering Edwin Cole Bearss (1923-2020), A Lion at the Lion's Gate. Standing before the Menin Gate, Ypres, 2017. Photo by David Lowe

Maps are always important in any conflict, but this story map talks about what happens when those maps fall into other h...
10/08/2020
See the Classified Russian Maps That Fell Into Enemy Hands

Maps are always important in any conflict, but this story map talks about what happens when those maps fall into other hands. Check this out:
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2018/08/soviet-russia-maps-captured-world-war-II/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=SpecialEdition_Escape_20201007&rid=4D175F91FFEA14AD01504C8654562DFF

Russian cartographers mapped their homeland in detail—making these secret charts invaluable to the Nazis, the U.S. Army, and the CIA.

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Welcome to the National Park Service Cultural Resource GIS Program page. We hope this will become a place where fans feel comfortable sharing information and experiences about the Cultural Resource GIS Program with one another. While this is an open forum, it is also a family friendly one, so please keep your comments and wall posts clean. Please be considerate of other fan's opinions. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. If you do not comply, your message will be removed. We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions, nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Such posts and/or links are subject to deletion. People who continue to post such content and/or links may be subject to page participation restrictions and/or removal from the page. We do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity. You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided. Posting of external links on this site that are intended as advertising (or to drive traffic to websites unrelated to the Cultural Resource GIS Program), or do not contribute to dialog and discussions about cultural resource GIS/GPS may be deleted. People who continue to post such links may be subject to page participation restrictions and/or removal from the page. External links do not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. National Park Service or the U.S. Department of Interior.

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CRGIS works on projects that illustrate how GIS and GPS can better illustrate cultural resources, provide increased access to sites and allow users to engage in dynamic analysis of sites. Projects range from documentation of resources, such as engineering features and structures and large landscapes, to using GIS and GPS to help inventory cultural resources. CRGIS explores the use of all forms of spatial technologies related to geographically representing cultural resources, providing better visualization, analysis and resource protection/planning tools.

While this is an open forum, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. If you do not comply, your message will be removed. We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions, nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. We do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity. Posting of external links that are intended as advertising (or to drive traffic to websites unrelated to the Cultural Resource GIS Program), or do not contribute to dialog and discussions about cultural resource GIS/GPS may be deleted. External links do not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. National Park Service or the U.S. Department of Interior.

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