Geometa is an essential tool of decision making for conservation, protection, enhancement of cultural resources.
Geometa centralizes all relevant cultural resource data in one place by allowing to input, store, analyze and update it. Having access to accurate and up-to-date map-based information enables authorities to manage heritage resources more effectively. Geometa combines inventory with other data such as natural resources, demography, engineering networks, and land use, so it can be used as a complex Cultural Heritage Management system.
Geometa allows creating zoning strategies in order to minimize potential negative impacts on cultural heritage resources. Geometa provides information on land use regulations within each zone and automatically outlines defined protection zones. Land use regulations define types of commercial activity, height restrictions, permitted materials for new construction, etc.
A lack of information on the location of heritage resources or the real need for heritage conservation can result in damage from the activities of construction projects. So it’s essential that works carried out nearby cultural resources are heritage-friendly. Geometa helps to communicate cultural resource data to third parties and enhance interagency cooperation by allowing access to the most up-to-date site information. The success of conservation management depends upon the degree to which stakeholders, such as utility providers, development agencies, road construction companies, etc, are involved in every process related to cultural resources and based their decisions on the same information.
The cultural resource protection measures should be included within local urban development plans. This can be achieved by producing a cultural heritage management plan in tandem with local developers.
Conservation plans should be supported by the local community. Geometa provides online portals with detailed map-based information about cultural resources and their management plans to ensure the needs of the residents are adequately addressed.
Geometa provides analytics of cultural heritage sites. For instance, an assessment of the residents’ density and land carrying capacity helps to identify areas nearing carrying capacity limits. Cultural Heritage Management Module has been successfully implemented in Kazan, «the third capital of Russia» with a population of 1,5 million people. The map of the city includes 589 objects on state protection as objects of cultural heritage, out of them 137 are federal significance, 379 are republican and 73 are local. The ensemble of the Kazan Kremlin was included in the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.