The Integrated Heritage Database System (IHDS) is a Geographical Information System (GIS) that uses cutting-edge technology to manage information in the George Town World Heritage Site. It is a tool for sorting and analysing geographically referenced data, and is an invaluable asset for heritage and cultural managers.
Project Phase I
GTWHI's Integrated Heritage Database System began in 2010. Layers of information from existing data already in GIS format were compiled, updated and edited, and uploaded to a trial site.
Project Phase II
The GIS layers from Phase I was migrated into a geodatabase, a database that stores both geographic data as well as site attributes. Web-based applications were designed for tasks performed by GTWHI and the municipal authorities as primary users, as well as for other categories of users.
There are two types of users - Corporate Users and Public Users. The Corporate users with security control will contribute to geospatial data input with regards to technical information. Public Users account will be allowed to access information such as building information, pictures, road information, and public facilities.
The Integrated Heritage Database System – ‘Penang Heritage Inventory’ can be accessed here.