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Documentation of Heritage structures through geo-crowdsourcing and web-mapping

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Wen Xiao, Professor Jon MillsORCiD, Dr Vasilis SarhosisORCiD



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).


© Authors 2017. CC BY 4.0 License. Heritage documentation has become increasingly urgent due to both natural impacts and human influences. The documentation of countless heritage sites around the globe is a massive project that requires significant amounts of financial and labour resources. With the concepts of volunteered geographic information (VGI) and citizen science, heritage data such as digital photographs can be collected through online crowd participation. Whilst photographs are not strictly geographic data, they can be geo-tagged by the participants. They can also be automatically geo-referenced into a global coordinate system if collected via mobile phones which are now ubiquitous. With the assistance of web-mapping, an online geo-crowdsourcing platform has been developed to collect and display heritage structure photographs. Details of platform development are presented in this paper. The prototype is demonstrated with several heritage examples. Potential applications and advancements are discussed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Dhonju HK, Xiao W, Shakya B, Mills JP, Sarhosis V

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 5th International Workshop on Web Mapping, Geoprocessing, and Services (WebMGS 2017) during ISPRS Geospatial Week 2017

Year of Conference: 2017

Pages: 17-21

Online publication date: 12/09/2017

Acceptance date: 20/05/2017

Date deposited: 01/11/2017

ISSN: 1682-1750

Publisher: Copernicus GmbH


DOI: 10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-2-W7-17-2017

Series Title: International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives