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A Spatial Information System (SIS) for the Architectural and Cultural Heritage of Sardinia (Italy)

DICAAR, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture, University of Cagliari, P.zza D’Armi, 09123 Cagliari, Italy
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7(2), 49;
Received: 18 December 2017 / Revised: 29 January 2018 / Accepted: 1 February 2018 / Published: 4 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Web and Mobile GIS)
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The paper presents a spatial information system (SIS) developed in the research project, “Tecniche murarie tradizionali: conoscenza per la conservazione ed il miglioramento prestazionale” (Traditional building techniques: from knowledge to conservation and performance improvement), with the aim of archiving and managing the data derived from the project. The research project has the purpose of studying the building techniques of the 13th–18th centuries in the Sardinia region (Italy) for their knowledge, conservation, and promotion. The research is founded on a multidisciplinary approach involving several specialists integrating their expertise and providing their input to the knowledge of the dimensional, technical constructive, mensiochronological, materials, physical-mechanical, and energy performance features. This multidisciplinary approach is used to define the peculiarities and behavior of the examined structures, including their performance levels, and then direct the interventions toward innovative, mindful, and ethically correct solutions. The management of the huge amount of data produced during the research required the building of a SIS composed of a geodatabase connected to a GIS and a WebGIS through a Web Map Service (WMS). The entire infrastructure is developed and implemented using open source software components, and will make the research data available to the scientific and professional communities, both for further development and for technical uses. As of today, we surveyed and archived more than 500 buildings belonging to the Sardinia region architectural heritage, and classified them into four main macro categories: defensive architectures, religious architectures, residential architectures, and industrial architectures. View Full-Text
Keywords: cultural heritage; GIS; WebGIS; SIS; conservation; historical building cultural heritage; GIS; WebGIS; SIS; conservation; historical building

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Vacca, G.; Fiorino, D.R.; Pili, D. A Spatial Information System (SIS) for the Architectural and Cultural Heritage of Sardinia (Italy). ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7, 49.

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