A Semantic Web Approach for Built Heritage Representation

  • Stefano Cursi
  • Davide SimeoneEmail author
  • Ilaria Toldo
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 527)


In a built heritage process, meant as a structured system of activities aimed at the investigation, preservation, and management of architectural heritage, any task accomplished by the several actors involved in it is deeply influenced by the way the knowledge is represented and shared. In the current heritage practice, knowledge representation and management have shown several limitations due to the difficulty of dealing with large amount of extremely heterogeneous data. On this basis, this research aims at extending semantic web approaches and technologies to architectural heritage knowledge management in order to provide an integrated and multidisciplinary representation of the artifact and of the knowledge necessary to support any decision or any intervention and management activity. To this purpose, an ontology-based system, representing the knowledge related to the artifact and its contexts, has been developed through the formalization of domain-specific entities and relationships between them.


Built heritage Knowledge-based model Ontology-based systems Building information modeling Semantic web technologies 



This research was partially supported through a Research Project of National Interest (“Built Heritage Information Modelling/Management - BHIMM”, 2012) funded by the Italian Ministry of Education University and Research.

The authors are grateful to Gianfranco Carrara from Sapienza University of Rome and Karen Kensek from University of Southern California for supporting this research with useful comments, suggestions and feedbacks.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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