Alana Green, Project Lead, made a detailed presentation to Members on the Hericoast project that included :
• Update from previous presentation to MD
• Steering group meeting
• Launching of public participation app
• Release of promotional video
• Next steps and potential further opportunities
It was noted that Joe Duffy has moved from the project and been replaced by Aideen Quinn.
The first Stakeholder meeting took place on 14th July, 2017 in the Silver Tassie Hotel Letterkenny. The list of attendees included Donegal Tourism, LYIT, marine Institute, Irish Landscape Institute, Heritage Council, Western Development Commission, Northern & Western Regional Assembly, LEO (Local Enterprise Office) and Failte Ireland as well as cross sectoral and Directorate representations from Donegal County Council.
The presentation made was essentially as Members had already participated in as this was the first Stakeholder meeting and included
• Hericoast project background
• Digitization of data
• Presentation of spatial data
• Group discussion and feedback
This was a successful meeting with Stakeholders realising the benefits in the methodology developed by the Hericoast team to their organizations. Another meeting is scheduled for early 2018.
Launching of Public Participation App
The Public participation App was shown to Members with the link emailed. It is called Coastal experience in Donegal. There is a crowd sourcing story map hosted on the Donegal maps portal. This is the”practice of obtaining information or input into a task or project by enlisting the services of a large number of people, typically via the internet”. Anyone can upload photos etc which can be used to engage a specific audience. Data can be collated that would not be available through traditional sources. In particular, intangible elements of heritage such as rural traditions, island culture, building traditions wouldn't be available through traditional data analysis. The App will work through any device or platform and does not need to be downloaded. It is designed to be promoted on social media.
Release of the Hericoast promotional video
The production of a promotional video is one of the required outputs of the European project and it will go on the Interreg Europe website. This video will be an example of our coastal environment.
Next steps and potential further opportunities
There has been substantial engagement with local groups such as Fanad Lighthouse and Creevy Co-Op. It is vital that the project is built from the bottom up with the co-operation of local groups.
There was an opportunity for feedback from elected representatives. Cllr Gallagher said it was an exciting project and welcomed the use of social media in gathering information and believes that this is the way forward.
Cllr O’Fearraigh congratulated the Hericoast team and said the project sets a benchmark for similar projects.
Cllr Slowey thanked the team and stated that the work has cross sectoral benefits that must be considered.
Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig thanked the team for the further update
15 persons attended the meeting.