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Articles | Volume XLI-B5
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLI-B5, 953–960, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLI-B5-953-2016
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLI-B5, 953–960, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLI-B5-953-2016

  16 Jun 2016

16 Jun 2016

THE CIPA DATABASE FOR SAVING THE HERITAGE OF SYRIA

Minna Silver1, Fulvio Rinaudo2, Emanuele Morezzi2, Francesca Quenda2, and Maria Laura Moretti2 Minna Silver et al.
  • 1University of Oulu, Finland
  • 2Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Keywords: Cultural Heritage, Database, Documentation, Data standards, GIS

Abstract. CIPA is contributing with its technical knowledge in saving the heritage of Syria by constructing an open access database based on the data that the CIPA members have collected during various projects in Syria over the years before the civil war in the country broke out in 2011. In this way we wish to support the protection and preservation of the environment, sites, monuments, and artefacts and the memory of the cultural region that has been crucial for the human past and the emergence of civilizations. Apart from the countless human atrocities and loss, damage, destruction and looting of the cultural heritage have taken place in a large scale. The CIPA’s initiative is one of the various international projects that have been set up after the conflict started. The Directorate-General of the Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) of Syria as well as UNESCO with its various sub-organizations have been central in facing the challenges during the war. Digital data capture, storage, use and dissemination are in the heart of CIPA’s strategies in recording and documenting cultural heritage, also in Syria. It goes without saying that for the conservation and restoration work the high quality data providing metric information is of utmost importance.