I am very excited about the digitizing of the National Historic Register’s Inventory of our heritage district. Since just about (doesn’t include new homes built since 1984) every structure is listed, the manipulation of the data will bring rich rewards.
Once completed, this database can be easily converted to a website. Picture a homeowner seeking information on their building. They go to the appropriate street, choose their address and obtain architectural info. If a survey sheet is available or one of my ‘house stories’, the address will link over to them.
The database can now be easily available for the Local Historic District Study Committee or a team working on the National Heritage Landmark designation. It puts copies in the hands of those involved in historic preservation activism with anwers to queries a key stroke away.
If posted on the City of Newburyport site, assessors, carpenters, contractors, commissioners, committees, developers, homeowners, inspectors, planners and preservationists will be able to access readily. Its presence alone will be able to dispell misinformation, misunderstandings and all around Newburyport urban myths!
It’s the inputting that is the dreary toil.
Because of the format, I can’t just scan the info in, convert to text and be on my way. It’s going to take time but it will certainly have its rewards when it is finally done!