PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2017, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (9): 1092-1098.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2017.09.005

• Special Issue: Urban Cultural Sensing and Computing • Previous Articles     Next Articles

Applications and prospect of sensing technologies in cultural heritage research

Juan WANG(), Bin MENG*(), Jingqiu ZHANG, Chen LI, Baixian ZOU   

  1. College of Applied Arts and Sciences, Beijing Union University, Beijing 100191, China
  • Online:2017-09-27 Published:2017-09-27
  • Contact: Bin MENG;
  • Supported by:
    Beijing Social Science Foundation, No.16JDGLC014;National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41671165, No.41371158


The development of sensing technologies has brought opportunities and challenges for the discovery, protection, inheritance, and innovation of cultural heritage. In view of the complexity and diversity of the sensing technologies used in the current cultural heritage research, this article systematically reviews such technologies and their applications in this field. First, the article introduces and analyzes the concept of sensing technology. Second, we present the typical types of sensors and the key information processing techniques used in cultural heritage research. Third, the applications of sensing technologies in tangible cultural heritage, and human cognition of cultural heritage were summarized, including the recognition, management, and protection of cultural landscape, the innovation and management of intangible cultural heritage, the perception of cultural cognition, and the transportation behavior. Last, the article discusses the potential problems of data accuracy and data fusion. It also identifies the transformative trend of sensing technologies and applications in cultural heritage research to data sharing, networked platform, and popularized application.

Key words: sensing technologies, cultural heritage, big data, sensors, information processing