Semantically describing urban historical buildings across different levels of granularity

E. Colucci*, M. Kokla, M. A. Mostafavi, F. Noardo, A. Spanò

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Architectural, built heritage and historical buildings embody cultural heritage value and-as known-they need to be studied, documented, persevered and represented. Although there are many fields involved in these activities, none of these considered individually can fully represent the heritage with a complete level of detail and information. The present work aims to investigate the different levels of detail and granularity among different communities involved in historical buildings tasks to semantically define different concepts. In this context, ontologies are considered as an effective solution for the formal conceptualization of the domains involved, providing a common language for knowledge sharing and reuse. The study starts from existing knowledge (standards, vocabularies, thesauri, classifications) and conceptualisations for regional, urban and architectural heritage and geographic information for various tasks (restoration, documentation and heritage studies, risk prevention, heritage asset and facility management, education and tourism, urban planning and energy refurbishment/performance). A specific use case involving historical buildings in fortified centres across different levels of detail is described to show how existing knowledge and standards conceptualisation need to be integrated and extended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-40
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives
Issue numberB4
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event24th ISPRS Congress 2020 (Virtual): Technical Commission IV on Spatial Information Science - Nice, France
Duration: 31 Aug 20202 Sep 2020


  • fortified structures and castles
  • historical buildings
  • ontology
  • Semantic description
  • spatial objects


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