Special Issue "Geoinformatics for the Preservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage"

A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez

Guest Editor
Department of Mining Technology, Topography and Structures, University of León, Avda. Astorga, s/n, 24401 Ponferrada, Spain
Interests: photogrammetry; drones; laser scanning; radiometric calibration; remote sensing; RGB-D sensors; 3D modeling; mobile mapping
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Prof. Dr. Fulvio Rinaudo
Guest Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cultural Heritage (CH) assets and archaeological sites are vulnerable and unrecoverable elements exposed to multiple threats, from natural disasters to human damage. The geoinformatics technologies of photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences are  being highlighted as key element in the preservation of CH structures and objects through the identification and 2D localization of objects, the 3D digitization and documentation, its evolution over time, its structural assessment and its management and planning, among others. This increasing need is the engine to develop new geoinformatics approaches, alone or complemented by archeological sciences, to meet the conservation, preservation and valorization needs.

This Special Issue of the International Journal of Geo-Information originates from the Working Group (WG) II/8 of Commission II of the XXIV ISPRS 2020 Congress. One of the scopes of the Congress was to bring to the fore the latest developments in geoinformatics and the most interesting applications in CH. All participants have the chance to publish their extended and improved papers in this Joint Special Issue. All the papers submitted will undergo the standard peer review procedure.

We would like to invite you to contribute by submitting articles that discuss your recent research, experimental work, reviews and/or case studies related to geoinformatics and drones for the preservation and valorization of CH. Contributions may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Three-dimensional documentation, modeling and/or visualization in CH.
  • Drones applications in CH.
  • Photogrammetry, laser scanning, mobile/handheld data collection in CH.
  • Heritage Building Information Modeling (HBIM).
  • Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality (VR/AR/MR) in CH.
  • Data and sensor integration in CH.
  • Archive data digitization in CH.
  • Accuracy and precision assessment of CH modeling.
  • Machine/Deep Learning in CH.
  • Multi/hyperspectral analysis in CH.
  • Restoration/Rehabilitation in CH.
  • Three-dimensional prototyping in CH.
  • Underwater CH documentation.
  • Semantic classification of point clouds in CH.

Dr. Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez
Prof. Dr. Fulvio Rinaudo
Prof. Dr. Diego González-Aguilera
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • geoinformatics
  • cultural heritage
  • drones
  • 3D modeling
  • mobile sensors
  • image-based sensors
  • range-based sensors
  • sensor fusion and data integration
  • point cloud processing (filtering, segmentation, classification, modeling)
  • HBIM
  • VR/AR/MR

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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