Ontology-based data mapping to support planning in historical urban centres

E. Colucci, M. Kokla, F. Noardo

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Because of the need for new sustainable future alternatives, the re-inhabitation of rural areas, hinterlands, small historical urban centres and villages has become a unique real opportunity. Therefore, it is necessary to define and adopt new sustainable urban planning and building permits to follow this path. These processes involve both various actors and disciplines and a variety of spatial and semantic data. For this reason, the present research aims at providing a methodology to build the necessary spatial documentation of historical centres and villages by adopting an ontology-based workflow. Existing ontologies and conceptualisations have been considered together with classes and rules from city historical core regulations. A case study has been selected considering its available spatial datasets and national data models. The bottom-up approach here adopted aims at validating and enriching a reference ontology previously developed in the domain of historical centre by adding new concepts and relations from selected regulation plans and other existing ontologies and data models. Finally, the obtained ontology is also populated with instances of concepts and relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-45
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives
Issue numberB4-2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event24th ISPRS Congress on Imaging Today, Foreseeing Tomorrow, Commission IV - Nice, France
Duration: 5 Jul 20219 Jul 2021


  • CityGML
  • Historical Core Regulation
  • Historical Urban Centres
  • Semantic Definition
  • Spatial Datasets
  • Spatial Ontology
  • Urban Mapping
  • Villages


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