Heritage places are areas of complex data with spatial relations. To make proper preservation, planning, and management decisions on heritage places, the spatial data should be derived, stored, structured, analyzed, and presented with a systematic approach. Thus, a well-constructed heritage recording and information management system has a crucial role in the future of heritage places. “Digital Heritage Documentation: GIS, Building Surveying and Data Management” course is designed to give information about different techniques and tools in heritage recording and information management in different contexts and cases, in accordance with the place’s scale and accessibility as well as the required outcome of the documentation.
The course consists of two cores. The first core focuses on the digital documentation and information management of heritage places on site and urban scales. Geographic Information System (GIS), an essential data management tool to store, process, analyze, and present complex spatial data collected from various sources like site surveys, archives, and literature, will be introduced during this part of the course. The second core focuses on documenting and managing heritage places on the site, building, and feature scales. In this part, different heritage surveying and recording techniques like photogrammetry, 3D laser scanning, and traditional methods will be introduced.
During the course, the students will have the opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in the digital heritage documentation processes via lectures, site surveys, and lab exercises. The students will build and expand their skills in integrated heritage recording, documenting, monitoring, information management, and presentation processes in different scales, in addition to hands-on experiences with various surveying equipment and computer software.