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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7(9), 360; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi7090360

Share Our Cultural Heritage (SOCH): Worldwide 3D Heritage Reconstruction and Visualization via Web and Mobile GIS

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Pathway Technologies and Services Pvt. Ltd., Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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School of Engineering, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
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Received: 31 July 2018 / Revised: 27 August 2018 / Accepted: 29 August 2018 / Published: 30 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Web and Mobile GIS)
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Despite being of paramount importance to humanity, tangible cultural heritage is often at risk from natural and anthropogenic threats worldwide. As a result, heritage discovery and conservation remain a huge challenge for both developed and developing countries, with heritage sites often inadequately cared for, be it due to a lack of resources, nonrecognition of the value by local people or authorities, human conflict, or some other reason. This paper presents an online geo-crowdsourcing system, termed Share Our Cultural Heritage (SOCH), which can be utilized for large-scale heritage documentation and sharing. Supported by web and mobile GIS, cultural heritage data such as textual stories, locations, and images can be acquired via portable devices. These data are georeferenced and presented to the public via web-mapping. Using photogrammetric modelling, acquired images are used to reconstruct heritage structures or artefacts into 3D digital models, which are then visualized on the SOCH web interface to enable public interaction. This end-to-end system incubates an online virtual community to encourage public engagement, raise awareness, and stimulate cultural heritage ownership. It also provides valuable resources for cultural heritage exploitation, management, education, and monitoring over time. View Full-Text
Keywords: crowdsourcing; web-mapping; 3D modelling; heritage documentation; volunteered geographic information; online community crowdsourcing; web-mapping; 3D modelling; heritage documentation; volunteered geographic information; online community
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Dhonju, H.K.; Xiao, W.; Mills, J.P.; Sarhosis, V. Share Our Cultural Heritage (SOCH): Worldwide 3D Heritage Reconstruction and Visualization via Web and Mobile GIS. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7, 360.

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