Caring for Sites – ASMIS
The Archeological Sites Management Information System (ASMIS) is the National Park Service's standardized database for the basic registration and management of park prehistoric and historic archeological resources. ASMIS site records contain data on condition, threats and disturbances, site location, date of site discovery and documentation, description, proposed treatments, and management actions for known park archeological sites. It serves as a tool to support improved archeological resources preservation, protection, planning, and decision-making by parks, centers, regional offices, and the national program offices.
ASMIS is the result of the combined effort and knowledge of dozens of National Park Service experts across the nation. Prototyping of the system began in the mid-1980s and ASMIS was formally established in 1993 as the National Park Service standard. Originally it was a manual, paper form-based system. In 1997, a computerized version was first developed and has evolved into a fully web-based program.
In the National Capital Region, as of December 2012, there were over 1,100 historic and prehistoric sites recorded in ASMIS. Each year, regional archeologists, park staff, and contractors conduct site condition assessments to ensure that the data recorded is as accurate as possible. These condition assessments grade the condition of the site from good to poor and recommend any action necessary to the parks to ensure their cultural resources are well maintained. Each site is also evaluated for possible threats or disturbances — either natural or man-made — and appropriate management actions are recommended.
For information with a focus on archeological collection management please read the NPS tutorial Managing Archeological Collections.