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ISRO to map heritage sites in India

India: The government of India has taken up a national project for inventory and monitoring of archaeological sites of the country in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The systematic database of heritage sites and Site Management Plans generated using space technology will help to take appropriate measures in conserving, preserving and monitoring activities of a heritage site.

In the collaborative project, a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) using high resolution satellite data as primary data source and employing state-of the-art geospatial technology and open source tools is developed for operational use by Archaeological Survey of India.

Data from Cartosat-1, Cartosat-2 and Resourcesat LISS IV are used for creating the database on heritage sites and monuments. Three management zones (protected, prohibited and regulated) around the heritage site are delineated using GIS tool after locating the site/monument on the satellite image. Smartphone-based applications are developed for geo-tagging and uploading by different stake holders and citizens as part of crowd sourcing.

Source: ISRO