Great project! An “identity card” is being prepared for each building in the Šibenik city center

first_imgEach of the approximately 2.000 buildings located in the protected city center of Šibenik should soon have its own publicly available ‘identity card’ with all the relevant information, photographs, and guidelines for restoration. It is a unique project, not only in Croatia, but also in the world.That is one of the goals of the new great project “Information system of the cultural and historical ensemble of Šibenik”. conducted by the Šibenik Citizens’ Association Society for the Preservation of Šibenik Heritage Juraj Dalmatinac.”We are actually working more actively on this project for a long time, and it was formally started after a meeting we organized two years ago and gathered representatives of the City of Šibenik, the city department for property and legal relations, utilities, the Tourist Board, the Association of Architects and Conservators. Our wish was to do something to preserve the core of Šibenik, the city’s greatest value, as efficiently as possible, and to protect it from devastation and inappropriate construction.”Points out Nikola Grubić, president of the association.As a first step, careful registration of all buildings in the city center was imposed, so in cooperation with the Society of Architects Šibenik, ie the youth section of the Society of Architects Šibenik (ROOM) started recording the first 300 buildings in accordance with guidelines and recommendations of the Conservation Department. After six months of work, with the help of a donation from the Adris Foundation in the amount of HRK 50 awarded to them in the tender, the Juraj Dalmatinac Society and DAŠ collected all the necessary data for the first 300 buildings. “Nine members of the Society of Architects Šibenik participated in the project, and in addition to the records of the current condition of the buildings, information was collected on guidelines for potential renovation. Otherwise, the content of the identification card of the building, which can also be called the ‘personal card of the building’, contains general information: the number of the cadastral parcel, the area, the address and the house number. Then there are data on protection with markings of cultural property and protection system, and a description of the building with a prominent time of construction, purpose, number of storeys, data on the roof, etc. ” Grubic points out.In addition to the above, on the website for public use with a simple click of the mouse for each of the buildings will be able to find valid provisions from the GUP of the City of Šibenik, photos of all street facades, the so-called cadastral situation, and, most importantly, guidelines for restoration. Namely, once these basic guidelines are readily available, potential renovators of buildings in the core should not violate conservation guidelines by using unsuitable renovation materials (roofs, facades, windows, doors, etc.), or by otherwise damaging protected buildings.The Juraj Dalmatinac Society is satisfied because this project is the first of its kind in Croatia and beyond, and could become applicable to other cities in the country and abroad, and it is a special pleasure that in cooperation with other professional associations (DAŠ) what at first seemed like an impossible task. ”This is just the beginning. There are still about 1.700 buildings that need to be treated in the same way. We launched this project solely to protect our core, and to help our citizens have as few problems as possible during reconstruction. ” Grubic concludes.I constantly emphasize that the very essence of tourism is authenticity, and that I have to start respecting our culture, heritage, identities… because that is exactly our greatest tourist value. The stone heart of Šibenik is what makes the city of Šibenik, ie a tourist destination, unique, and this is an excellent example of sustainable development and preservation of our tradition and heritage. If we look at the bigger picture, it is unfortunate that under the prism of development we are constantly copying others, and we have exactly what others want – a unique and authentic story. take a look around and ask yourself how hotels are built on our coast, I mean design them? Do they fit into our unique space and ambience? Do we have any guidelines on how many floors and widths they can have, what material…President and vice-president of DJD Nikola Grubić and Gustav Červar with the president of DAŠ Dario Crnogač and project manager Iva Petković Pavić.This is not about banning investments or hotels, private capital looks exclusively at its own interest and dances within the framework we set for it. This is about sustainable and strategic development. We are irreversibly destroying our destinations with wild construction in the past, and now at the same pace without any framework and care, we allow the construction of hotels without any rules of the game, ie to follow the guidelines to better fit into the space.A copy is a copy, and the original will always have its value as well as the motive for coming. And that is why this example, both as a project and as a Society for Heritage Preservation, is one of the most important projects in Šibenik. Because if we turn into copies, the question arises as to why people would travel. Do not forget that the very motive of tourism, ie travel, is to get to know new ways and cultures of living.It is up to us, and the biggest responsibility is not on the Ministry of Tourism or the CNTB, but on the cities and the local population, which are themselves most responsible for the development of cities and tourist destinations.Let us respect ourselves, so that others may respect us. It’s all up to us. &amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Technologies That Work Well In Political Campaigns

first_imgDr. Darren WilkinsTechnology has always played an important role in campaigning. From using bullhorns in neighborhoods and radio and television broadcast to reach voters, to robocalls, cellphones, websites, the social media, etc. No doubt, efficient and smart use of technology in campaigning can give candidates a competitive advantage all the way to the ballot box. In modern political campaigns, understanding technology translates into being able to better understand people, and there are a few technologies that have become crucial. These technologies include but are not limited to Big Data, Cloud Computing, the Social Media, and Mobile. In Liberia, the “big data” is not leveraged as it is in western countries primarily because of the lack the skills locally to embark upon such an initiative. However, data manipulation can and will be done in an appreciable way that could benefit a candidate who integrates it as part of his/her campaign strategy. Before going further, let me first expound on the four technologies mentioned above. Big Data is an evolving term that focuses on voluminous amounts of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data that are analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions. Data can be collected from various sources including social media. Cloud Computing is primarily computing on the Internet where a variety of services are delivered. These services include storage, data management, data processing, etc. The Social Media are merely websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. These websites and applications allow forums, microblogging, social networking, social bookmarking, social curation, wikis, etc. In the case of Mobile (mobile technologies), we refer to the use of cellphones and other mobile devices for communications. Now, if you have been monitoring the 2016 presidential elections in the United States, you probably know that technology is playing a major role in every presidential candidate’s campaign. The use of Big Data to refine on-the-ground, get-out-the-vote (GOTV) marketing efforts has become the “avant garde” approach to modern electioneering/campaigning. Some candidates use Twitter to energize their base, some use Facebook to galvanize their supporters and garner new supporters, others use web-based crowd funding to kick start their campaign and engage their supporters. Every presidential campaign uses technology. The most sophisticated and tech-savvy presidential campaign often tends to fare well at the polls. The use of the Internet and its technologies for campaigning became popular when President Barack Obama ran his campaign in 2008. It was that novel campaigning paradigm that played a significant role in winning his ticket to the Whitehouse and subsequently earned his presidency the title: “The first Internet Presidency.” Upon entering the Whitehouse, Obama did not neglect the use of technology as many other candidates do. In fact, he initiated what is today referred to as Open Government, which is the use of the Internet and its accompanying technologies to provide information and services to the public to allow transparency, accountability, and citizen participation. This approach also allowed for citizens to collaborate in the provision of information and data provided by government. In Liberia, with the exception of Big Data, all of the technologies (Big Data, Cloud Computing, Social Media, and Mobile Technologies), mentioned above are used. They use radio broadcast, mobile technologies, the Internet (Informational Websites and Social Media) have been effective in enabling candidates reach potential voters. But as we approach 2017, a few of the avant garde campaigners will eschew campaign conventional wisdom for more novel and innovative strategies driven by modern technologies. We will see the emergence of a lot of Social Media evangelists and digital strategists. We will see the use of technology occur more vehemently in 2017 than in the past. Robust digital operations, in which candidates’ messages are informed by data and analytics, will be the new order of the day. The campaign that masters digital strategy is going to gain an important edge in the 2017 presidential and general elections. Data science is not commonplace in Liberia, but we will see campaign teams include data strategists in the 2017 elections who will exploit data at unprecedented scale. And, data garnered by these strategists will provide all sorts of information that will enable campaigners/candidates make decisions. The data garnered will inform candidates about those things that voters care about the most. Candidates will then be able to optimize their “messages” and tailor their platforms to suit the needs of the voters. The same data will provide information that will enhance their “Get Out To Vote” (GOTV) initiatives.Mobile devices, especially mobile phones, have been very effective in Liberia’s electoral process. They can also be used to target and communicate with voters directly. And they are very effective when it comes to using voice meeting services like Tele-Town Hall. Tele-Town Hall allows a candidate to hold large town hall-style meetings with constituents. It has the ability to hold a 500-constituent Town Hall meeting, and could be of use in 2017.Technology can also be used to raise funds for campaigns. But, unlike the United States and other western countries, campaigns in Liberia are often funded by the candidates themselves instead of supporters. Considering the poverty level and the mentality many Liberians carry about campaigning, it will be unprecedented if not impossible, to see a candidate attempt to raise funds from grassroots supporters, and to help organize volunteers and staffers using the Internet.Finally, the use of technology in modern elections is inevitable. Hence, the campaign that emerges as a digital “guru” with the ability to proffer and communicate its policy and strategy directly with millennial voters using a suite of social applications, including Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and Spotify, will likely succeed in changing people’s minds. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more