Welcome to REINVENT

REINVENT is a two-year European Union-funded research project addressing the management of cultural heritage in contested cross-border contexts in Europe, with a particular focus on the cross-border cultural landscape of Derry~Londonderry.

The project engages with participatory practices and the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to the online mapping of heritage in the North West of Ireland. More specifically, it seeks to develop a public participation GIS (PPGIS) methodology and digital tool to capture a plurality of heritage values attributed by communities at multiple spatial scales in the region.

Successfully mediating between the competing uses of heritage over time ultimately depends on identifying value conflicts and ‘dissonance’. Developing public participation strategies and tools to tackle these challenges in local contexts can greatly assist spatial planning and cultural heritage management policymakers and practitioners.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 705697.

Research Purpose

The purpose of the REINVENT Project is to develop and test a PPGIS methodology and mapping tool to capture the diverse range of heritage values ascribed by communities in the cross-border cultural landscape of Derry~Londonderry so as to inform cultural heritage management policies and practices.

REINVENT is managed by Andrew McClelland, a Postdoctoral Researcher (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow) at the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NISRA) and Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI), with diverse research interests encompassing cultural heritage, planning history, and cross-border cooperation on the island of Ireland.

Mark Boyle, Professor of Geography at Maynooth University and national contact point for URBACT, is an advisor and mentor on the REINVENT Project. His research interests include the politics of urban and regional development, migration and development in both host and destination regions, and western hegemony, colonial and post-colonial geographies.

Research Objectives

Inform policy and practice

To inform spatial planning and cultural heritage management policies and practices and embed knowledge of PPGIS within local cultural heritage management networks

Map official heritage inventories using GIS

To map official heritage inventories using GIS, creating an embryonic ‘cultural heritage atlas’ for the cross-border region in the North West of Ireland centred on Derry~Londonderry

Develop methodology and mapping tool

To develop a public participation GIS-based methodology and associated mapping tool to capture ‘unofficial’ heritage values ascribed by a range of communities at different spatial scales, exploring potential commercial opportunities for its wider application

Validate methodology and mapping tool

To validate methodology and mapping tool through pilot cases at different spatial scales, overlaying the unofficial values ascribed by a range of communities with those derived from the official heritage inventories

Resources

Find information below on the resources created under the REINVENT Project, including publications, conference abstracts, Working Papers and references in the media.

Cases Studies

#MyValuedPlaces

The #MyValuedPlaces exercise concerns the cross-border cultural landscape of the Derry City & Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council areas of North West Ireland. The exercise sought the public's views on the places the value in the study area and why. The exercise utilised the Maptionnaire PPGIS mapping tool to capture the diverse participant perspectives online, including the identification of places and associated values on a mapping interface, in addition to responses to a series of socio-economic questions. Face-to-face drop-in sessions in the North West complemented the online mapping.

#MyValuedPlaces was launched via a Twitter Talk on 19 August 2017 during Irish National Heritage Week and concluded 15 October.

Read the Info Sheet: Information-sheet-MyValuedPlaces

Read the Key Data Summary report: MyValuedPlaces-Key-Data-Summary-report

Explore "Place(ing) perceptions in North West Ireland": https://arcg.is/XTOGO

Ebrington Sense of Place

The Ebrington Square regeneration site in the Waterside district of Derry~Londonderry is the focus of the case study research at the area scale. The case consists of recorded walking interviews with participants from four different user categories associated with Ebrington, including those working on the site, tourists/visitors, planning/conservation stakeholders and nearby residents. The interviews will explore the participants ‘sense of place’ as they move around and through the site providing, among other things, insights and personal perspectives on its history, present state of development and future development preferences.

Explore "Walking the talk through Ebrington Barracks": https://arcg.is/0nPezP

Events

Ebrington Walk and Talk

On 22 August 2018, Andrew McClelland will lead a walk and talk through the Ebrington regeneration site in Derry~Londonderry, one of a number of REINVENT Project events taking place during Heritage Week 2018. The walk will focus upon the changes taking place on the site and the use of the walking interview as a method for investigating […]

“Here be dragons!”

On 21 August 2018, Andrew McClelland and Daragh McDonough (Donegal County Council) will give a double-talk at Donegal County Museum as part of Heritage Week 2018. The talks will focus on how online mapping can improve participation in place-making and prospectively deliver better outcomes for local areas. Specifically, the speakers will discuss #MyValuedPlaces, an online map-based survey […]

Heritage Week 2018 Twitter talk

On 20 August 2018, Andrew McClelland will give a Twitter talk as part of the Irish National Heritage Week. The talk will illustrate and illuminate the potential of participatory online mapping to capture public perceptions of place in the cross-border cultural landscape of North West Ireland, presenting the key findings from #MyValuedPlaces, a digital map-based public survey undertaken […]

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Contact

Andrew McClelland, Iontas Building, Maynooth University, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland
+353 1 708 6219
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 705697.