The Austin Historical Survey Wiki was made by the University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with the City of Austin, as an online tool to create and search records of historic properties. The web-based tool allows the public as well as professionals to contribute to the city’s survey, view and search a compilation of past surveys, and offer additional information, updates and edits on them. The project was supported by a Preserve America grant, with funding from the City of Austin, CLG funding through the Texas Historical Commission, and additional funding from the University of Texas at Austin. This NCPTT grant enabled the Wiki’s adaptation for mobile devices.
The project was led by Dr. Michael Holleran of the School of Architecture, with Dr. Gary Geisler of the School of Information. The team included Dr. Bjørn Sletto of the Community and Regional Planning Program, and graduate students Jenni Minner (now on the faculty at Cornell University), Josh Conrad (now at HHM Inc.) and Katy Pierce (now UT’s Architecture Librarian).
The Austin Historical Survey Wiki is online and usable on mobile devices (particularly tablets). There are more than 300 registered users – registration is required to contribute but not to view the Wiki. It includes more than 10,000 place records with over 4,000 images and 1,250 documents. Users have edited more than 8,000 fields. Austin’s City Council adopted the Austin Historical Survey Wiki as the City’s official survey, and it is now maintained by the City of Austin.