In a field with a relatively small number of professionals, spread thinly across Europe, it is essential to share understandings, skills, experience and research results. Together, the heritage community needs to learn from instances where countries, regions or institutions have managed to make a real contribution to landscape and archaeological conservation through the application of air-photographic and remote-sensing techniques.
The approach in this case will learn from the earlier Culture 2000 projects in framing an effective and economical programme of meetings, conferences, workshops and colloquia on general or specific topics, in some cases carried through to traditional or web-based publication. These will range from large conferences aimed at a broad exchange of experience across Europe to training schools and workshops for 10-25 participants, focusing on specific objectives.
A key feature of the project will be regular technical meetings of the small 'focus-groups' which will be addressing a "work-pack' for each of the project's eight objectives or Actions. These meetings, usually for about 10 participants, will set out work-programmes, monitor progress and coordinate their own activities with those of related focus-groups and of the project as a whole. 3 of such meeting have been scheduled for this action during the project's duration.
Exchange visits between experts, and placements of 1 to 4 weeks duration, will also figure in the work-programme so as to give students or professionals the opportunity to gain experience and specialist training European countries other than their own. There will be an emphasis on on-the-job learning and specialist instruction by staff or institutions which have made particular advances in data-interpretation, methodology, instrumentation or communication techniques etc.
Working Package leader:
Pete Horne (English Heritage)