Cultural Resource Mapping is a way to identify, visualize and describe
a community's cultural resources. The first major step involves building
a database of cultural resources. The primary framework (seen to the right)
consists of eight categories that help summarize tangible and intangible
cultural assets. Additional components may include schools, community facilities,
social/human services, hospitality, agriculture, religious organizations,
and information and communications technologies.
Building a Cultural Resource Database
A Cultural Resource Database (CRD) is a centralized inventory of a community's
- Based on a broad definition of cultural resources
- Can include information about public, private and not-for-profit
- Can be viewed through a map-based interface
Three development principles govern the building of a CRD: 1) Simplicity,
2) Accessibility, 3) Relevance.
Cultural Resources Framework