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Data collection and object description to evaluate the potential of a possible World Cultural Heritage “Montanregion Erzgebirge”

The association “Montanregion Erzgebirge” e.V. had a database developed which was designed to register all possible World Heritage objects. From the bold letters, the name MontE for the database was derived. It provides the data for an extensive information system, which is to be used for scientific purposes as well as in education and tourism.

It will be complete by the end of 2007. The European Union and the Free State of Saxony is financially supporting this work within the program LEADER+.

Subproject 1

The first subproject concentrated on the touristy potential of so called geotopes. These are objects or landscapes which allow, in an outstanding manner, inside into the geological background of the region. Major tasks were the

  • conceptual design of the database and the constitutive information system MontE,
  • development of a thesaurus,
  • programming of basic functions for validation, data filter and interpretation,
  • import of geotope data from the Saxon State Office for Environment and Geology including supplements by regional geological associations,
  • project coordination, quality assurance and, finally, the
  • provision of data as part of a first written report

Subproject 2

Major tasks in the second subproject were the registration, description and evaluation of monuments related to mining and smelting including systems for mine dewatering and energy production and nature trails in view of a potential World Cultural Heritage.

This was done by members of the Institute of the History of Science and Technology (IWTG). Their work provided the basis for a further development of the MontE database by BEAK Consultants.

2005: Recording of a CD-ROM about the project „Montanregion Erzgebirge” – a Region under Way to a World Cultural Heritage Site

This CD ROM, produced by MEDIATACK Chemnitz, contains ample information about the Erzgebirge and the Heritage project. It is available over the association “Förderverein Montanregion Erzgebirge” e.V. The production was supported by the Provident Bank Foundation.

2006: Flyer about the project

This flyer provides basic information in both German and Czech language. We are happy to place it at your disposal. For request, please contact us.