The launch of this network/community, the Campus Heritage Network, is the first public step in a partnership between SCUP and the Getty Grant Foundation. We view this as a public space where we can share the results of our work. We also view this as a collegial network where we can engage with individuals and other organizations who share expertise and interest in campus heritage sites, landscapes, and buildings.
This community runs on Ning functionality. More than half a million networks run on Ning, which is an "Open Social" Web 2.0 product that is frequently updated with the latest features found to be popular and useful for a virtual community.
As this community grows, SCUP will add more interactive features. Below is the official press release copy announcing this project.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CAMPUS PRESERVATION PLANS AND PROJECTS AVAILABLE ONLINE
February 14, 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan—A new, interactive website—www.campusheritage.org—provides information on preservation projects that were funded as part of the Getty Foundation Campus Heritage Initiative, a six-year grant project involving 86 U.S. campuses.
The website is the result of a grant by The Getty Foundation to the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), a higher education association focused on integrated planning, to support the dissemination of knowledge about the planning involved in the 86 initiative-funded projects that focused on the preservation of heritage buildings as well as the conservation of landscape and significant sites.
The Campus Heritage Initiative, begun in 2002, awarded more than $13.5 million for planning grants to the campuses involved.
“As the early grantees completed their projects, we began to realize that their final reports had the potential to be strong resources for colleges and universities working to preserve their historic resources and an opportunity to demonstrate how preservation could be integrated into the master planning process,” said Joan Weinstein, associate director of The Getty Foundation. “We began to think about ways to share lessons learned with the broader higher education community.”
In the fall of 2008, The Getty Foundation awarded a grant to SCUP to analyze project results and to create and maintain the campusheritage.org website to share lessons learned; and develop partnerships with other organizations interested in preservation planning.
L. Carole Wharton, former president of SCUP and Washington D.C. based planning consultant, has led the SCUP team that developed the website. She will present an update on the project at the society’s annual conference in Portland, Oregon, in July 2009.
About SCUP: SCUP provides information on best planning practices for higher education, with a particular focus on academic, facilities, infrastructural, financial and resource planning. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, the society will hold its next annual, international conference and idea marketplace July 19-22, 2009, in Portland, Oregon. Visit www.scup.org.
About the Getty: The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that features the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu. Sign up for e-Getty at www.getty.edu/subscribe/ to receive free monthly highlights of events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa via e-mail, or visit our event calendar for a complete calendar of public programs.
The Getty Foundation is part of the J. Paul Getty Trust, an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. The Foundation provides critical support to institutions and individuals throughout the world in fields that are aligned most closely with the Trust's strategic priorities. It therefore funds a diverse range of projects that promote learning and scholarship about the history of the visual arts and the conservation of cultural heritage, and it consistently searches for collaborative efforts that set high standards and make significant contributions. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has supported over 2,600 projects in more than 150 countries.