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Historic Environment Polygonisation Standards (Scotland)

These documents set out the baseline standards for the recording of Historic Environment polygons in Scotland. 

It is hoped that these documents will provide anyone using or creating polygons with the introductory information they need to help them understand the data they are using. It is also hoped that these documents will facilitate future data exchange.


Part 1 - Standards

polygonisation_part01.pdf (592kb)


  • identify what polygons are already being produced in Scotland
  • define the baseline standards
  • clarify the semantics of polygonisation vocabulary


Part 2 - Technical Appendixes

polygonisation_part02.pdf (491kb)


  • provide relevant detail on the UK metadata standard GEMINI 2
  • provide relevant detail on the Historic Environment data standard MIDAS Heritage 
  • provide definitions and examples for MIDAS Heritage’s required units of information


Part 3 - Case Studies

polygonisation_CaseStudies.pdf (985kb)


  • provide case studies for all of the different polygons classes
  • map the polygon classes to the MIDAS Heritage data standard


These are produced in partnership between Historic Environment Scotland, the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers: Scotland and the Sites and Monuments Records Forum.

DP 011657