The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Publications Copernicus
Articles | Volume XLVIII-M-2-2023
24 Jun 2023
 | 24 Jun 2023


F. O. Guven Ulusoy

Keywords: Integrated Documentation, Tangible Heritage, Intangible Heritage, Memory Spaces, Geographical Information Systems

Abstract. Conservation and documentation, which encompasses multidimensional and complex processes and objects with a scope ranging from works of art to monuments, from monuments to settlements and even cities, and from physical assets (tangible heritage) to intangible heritage, and with a content that has evolved in the 20th century, is directly related to systematic studies and approaches in the documentation and understanding of cultural heritage. However, most of the documentation studies focus on the physical context of cultural heritage. Although studies to understand the social and cultural context have begun to increase considerably, research and practices to integrate the data obtained with the physical context and to create a knowledge management by integrating with the physical context are not yet at a sufficient level. For this reason, this study focuses on defining the necessary tools that will form the basis for decision-making processes by using integrated methods in the documentation phase, based on the fact that the meaning, memories and narratives obtained through spatial experience and senses arising from human communication with their immediate environment directly support the conservation of space by enabling societies to build their existence, identity and future. The study presents a process consisting of field research and fieldwork in which tangible data collected from cultural heritage sites and intangible data arising from the relationship of users with the place are collected. In the field study, purpose-oriented data were collected through in-depth interviews with users, transferred to Geographic Information Systems and presented with the parameters determined. As a result, the findings obtained have enabled the integrated documentation and presentation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage values and the production of information to be used in conservation decision-making processes.