How the Crowdmap for heritage rescue works

The Kerala Heritage Rescue Initiative has heritage conservationists, conservation architects, historians, and volunteers from the field of archaeology, historical studies, museology, and study of intangible heritage.

The task at hand is to assess the damage to immovable and movable heritage property like archaeological sites, collections at museums, libraries and archives, and cultural artefacts in religious or public buildings of heritage significance on one scale.

On yet another scale are intangible crafts, craftspersons, rituals and festivals, natural heritage like flora, fauna, and natural features such as waterbodies.

“We can offer guidance on how to record damage to other categories of heritage. We are hoping that more volunteers from other disciplines will join us soon,” said conservation architect Surya Prashant who has been involved in salvaging Paliam Musuem and Nalukettu.

The field work will be undertaken by dividing the team into three zones—north, central, and south. Each zone has a designated coordinator responsible for collecting all information from heritage volunteers in the zone. The coordinator will undertake on-site recording of damage through forms.

The entire work will be undertaken under the guidance of a team of advisers, who are senior experts from Kerala and ICOMOS India, said Ms. Prasanth.

The information collected by the team using damage assessment forms will be subsequently uploaded by the zonal coordinators on a special crowdsource map that has been set up in cooperation with technical support from ICOMOS India president Rohit Jigyasu and International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) project coordinator Aparna Tandon.

The Crowdmap provides an icon head titled Submit a Report. All details a e to be entered into a format that opens. It is very important to add geo-coordinates of the heritage site for which report is being submitted. One can install compass app on the smartphone for making geo-coordinates.

It is also important to upload photos and sketch plans, but they should be restricted to four numbers.

The sketch plans should indicate reference to the location of photographs and brief notes on the type of damage observed.