In a bold move to put building and historic environment conservation at the forefront of digital collaboration, the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) has, at its 2016 Day School, launched `a knowledge-sharing platform for built and historic environment conservation that is the first of its kind.
The free-to-use, open-access platform is the first expert portal to be created on Designing Buildings Wiki, the world-leading construction industry knowledge base. Conservation Wiki is a specially-designed, self-contained site led by the IHBC within Designing Buildings Wiki.
Conservation Wiki has launched with 100 articles already available on subjects ranging from the adaption of semi-detached dwellings to reduce summer overheating, to VAT Policy for historic buildings. It is also linked to the 3,500 more general articles on Designing Buildings Wiki, making it part of a truly comprehensive resource. The IHBC is now calling on conservation professionals to upload their expertise to help the site expand, making conservation knowledge freely available to everyone.
IHBC Director Dr Sean O’Reilly said: ‘Conservation Wiki is a collaborative resource that everyone can use and improve. We are calling on anyone with conservation expertise or specialist interests to add to the site to help spread best practice, promote innovation and prevent mistakes, so sign up now for regular updates. Don’t leave your knowledge gathering dust on your hard drive, add it to Conservation Wiki, improve the industry and raise your own profile at the same time.’
Dr Gregor Harvie, co-founder of Designing Buildings Wiki said: ‘The IHBC is leading the way with the creation of Conservation Wiki. We hope it will be the first of many special interest areas on Designing Buildings Wiki. Piggy-backing on our platform gives IHBC access to an established audience of 10,000 users a day, as well as thousands of existing articles.’
About Conservation Wiki
Conservation Wiki is operated by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. It provides a platform for sharing knowledge about the conservation of the built and historic environment, from the restoration of cathedrals to the management of conservation areas and retrofitting period, traditional and modern properties to improve their performance.
Content that is owned and maintained by the IHBC is protected and linked to its source on the IHBC website. Content that is not owned by the IHBC is not protected and does not necessarily reflect IHBC policy or practice. However, Conservation Wiki is a publicly accessible service and the IHBC encourages practitioners to populate it with relevant content as well as to contribute to the development of existing articles. Where appropriate these contributions can be used to inform IHBC policy and practice.
Comments on protected content should be emailed to the IHBC’s Support Officer Carla Pianese, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Designing Buildings Wiki
Designing Buildings Wiki is the free, cross-discipline knowledge base for the construction industry. Anyone can create articles about subjects they know and find articles about subjects they don’t. It covers everything from site acquisition and design through to construction and facilities management.
Designing Buildings Wiki is supported by; The Institution of Civil Engineers, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, The Chartered Institute of Building, the IHBC, U and I Group PLC, BRE Trust and BSRIA.
For more information contact Gregor Harvie at email@example.com
About the IHBC
The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is the professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment experts in the UK. It establishes, develops and maintains the highest standards of conservation practice, to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment, and to promote heritage-led regeneration and access to the historic environment.
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