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HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT INFORMATION RESOURCES NETWORK
HEIRNET - www.britarch.ac.uk/HEIRNET
USERS AND THEIR USE OF HEIRS
The purpose of the consultancy is to provide an initial guide to and
analysis of patterns of use and user profiles for a range of current
Historic Environment Information Resources (HEIRs), and to draw up a summary
project design for a UK-wide project to provide a more detailed assessment
of the user needs and the outcomes of developing access to HEIRs.
The output from the consultancy will inform discussions by the Historic
Environment Information Resources Network (HEIRNET) and future development
work across the UK.
The consultancy is being funded by members of HEIRNET: English Heritage,
Re:source, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of
Wales, Historic Scotland, the Association of Local Government Archaeological
Officers and the Standing Committee of Archaeological Unit Managers. Project
management will be through the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), guided
by HEIRNET members.
There is an urgent need to evaluate the current and potential range of users
of HEIRs and analyse patterns of use of services. This is to enable user
needs to be taken fully into consideration in the development and
presentation of HEIRs in the future.
This project will comprise of an analysis of current user services based on
existing quantitative and qualitative market research into usage and
statistics for services delivered across the Internet collected by a
representative sample of HEIRs. The project will look across the range
HEIRs and their user services spanning both the sector and the UK:
* 3 NMRs
* 2-3 SMRs/HERs
* Archaeology Data Service catalogue (http://ads.ahds.ac.uk)
* CBA web site (www.britarch.ac.uk)
* Portable Antiquities Scheme web site & database (www.finds.org.uk)
* Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (www.scran.ac.uk)
* Internet Archaeology (http://intarch.ac.uk/)
* 1 museum
* 1 archive
* 1-2 others (to be identified)
The end result of this project will be a detailed report, with an executive
summary, which focuses on existing users and the services offered by an
identified sample of HEIRs in the UK set in its wider context. The report
should consider the identification of groups of users, user feedback, the
outcomes of access projects and differences in patterns of usage across the
sector, particularly where indicative of potential for developing the user
The project will also make recommendations for future user evaluation
studies, including a methodology for recording of user statistics by HEIRs
and for evaluating user feedback to current and potential services, with an
outline project design for a more detailed project to look at user needs,
the development and presentation of HEIRs and the social and economic
outcomes of access projects.
In consultation with HEIRNET, the consultant will produce a report, in hard
copy and digital form. The report will include an analysis of usage and user
profiles for a sample of key UK HEIRs, as set out in the brief, together
with an outline project design for a larger project designed to assess
issues relating to users in the development and presentation of HEIRs across
The report should be supplied in a digital form that can easily be made
available on the Internet. Links to sites and web pages referred to in the
text should be included in the report.
Day to day liaison will be provided by Dr Mike Heyworth at the CBA (HEIRNET
The consultant will report to HEIRNET for progress monitoring and feedback.
Work will commence as soon as possible and ideally the report should be
completed by summer 2002, though the end date is open to negotiation.
This project is a fixed price tender with UKP 9,000 inc VAT available.
It is anticipated that the consultant will need to visit key organisations
and meet relevant staff, as well as conducting discussions by telephone and
A Project Steering Committee has been established by HEIRNET, consisting of
representatives from the consortium including English Heritage, Re:source,
the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales,
Historic Scotland, the Association of Local Government Archaeological
Officers and the Standing Committee of Archaeological Unit Managers. The
Project Steering Committee will be available to provide guidance during the
course of the consultancy.
Technical guidance will be available from the Archaeology Data Service at
the University of York.
There are a number of relevant documents, either already available or
currently in preparation, which will be made available to the consultant for
background reference material. HEIRNET members will aim to keep the
consultant in contact with developments within their own organisation as it
is recognised that there are a number of relevant developments currently in
progress or in prospect.
The deliverables, and all data and analysis used as part of the consultancy,
will be the copyright of the Council for British Archaeology. All members of
HEIRNET will be granted an unrestricted license to use the deliverables and
data and analysis used in the course of the consultancy (though
confidentiality of detailed information will be respected in any external
use of the information).
HEIRNET will publish the deliverables from the consultancy on the HEIRNET
web site, and in printed format on demand, to ensure wide dissemination of
the results of the consultancy and to maximise its value to the wider
The consultant will be credited as the primary author on all publications
that flow directly from the consultancy work.
10 Expressions of interest
Rather than inviting formal tenders for the consultancy work, at this stage
we are simply seeking expressions of interest from individuals or
organisations who wish to be considered. Please enclose a full CV.
Expressions of interest should be submitted to Dr Mike Heyworth at the CBA
(Bowes Morrell House, 111 Walmgate, York YO1 9WA, tel 01904 671417, fax
01904 671384, email [log in to unmask]) by Friday 26th April 2002.
Anyone seeking further information is invited to contact Dr Heyworth for an
Dr Mike Heyworth, Deputy Director, Council for British Archaeology
Bowes Morrell House, 111 Walmgate, York YO1 9WA, UK
tel 01904 671417, fax 01904 671384, web www.britarch.ac.uk