World Heritage Sites (WMS)

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Openness rating:
Reason: Content of file appeared to be format "WMS" which receives openness score: 3.
★★★★★  Linked data - data URIs and linked to other data (e.g. RDF)
★★★★☆  Linkable data - served at URIs (e.g. RDF)
★★★☆☆  Structured data in open format (e.g. CSV)
★★☆☆☆  Structured data but proprietry format (e.g. Excel)
★☆☆☆☆  Unstructured data (e.g. PDF)
Score updated: 19/03/2018

Responsible Party: Historic Environment Scotland (pointOfContact, distributor)


World Heritage Sites are described by UNESCO as exceptional places of ‘outstanding universal value’ and ‘belonging to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located’.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to protect and preserve such sites through an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, drawn up in 1972

Scottish Ministers identify and put forward sites to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for nomination.

This dataset includes both the legal designation and buffer zone boundaries of the World Heritage Sites in Scotland enscribed by UNESCO as well as non-statutory sensitive areas for planning advice. Once a World Heritage Site is inscribed, under the Convention, member states have a duty to protect, conserve and present such sites for future generations.

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Dataset Extent

Latitude: 61.4645° to 54.5329°
Longitude: -7.7571° to -0.5320°

Data Resources (1)

Web Map Service

Additional Links (2)

Source GEMINI2 record
Source GEMINI2 record (formatted)

Additional Information

Added to 27/11/2013
Theme Environment
Temporal coverage 20/9/2001
Harvest URL
Harvest date 14/09/2017 01:31
Metadata date 13/9/2017
Harvest GUID 8fc49f46-2d6b-45b0-abd9-79e8aa2233cb
Extent Latitude: 61.46459° to 54.53297°
Longitude: -7.75714° to -0.53202°
Spatial reference system WGS84 (CRS:84)
Dataset reference date 1/1/2008 (creation), 4/11/2015 (revision)
Frequency of update asNeeded
Responsible party Historic Environment Scotland (pointOfContact, distributor)
Access constraints If this data is reproduced it must be attributed with the following: Contains Historic Environment Scotland and Ordnance Survey data © Historic Environment Scotland - Scottish Charity No. SC045925 © Crown copyright and database right [year]
ISO19139 resource type service
Metadata language English
Gemini2 service type view
Themes (secondary) No value
Schema/Vocabulary No value
Code list No value
Service Level No value
Coupled Datasets