Florence Heritage Data System

Digital tools for the knowledge, enjoyment and enhancement of the historic urban landscape

The Florence Heritage Data System is a project funded by MiC Law 77/2006 aimed at protecting and enhancing the historic urban landscape of the Historic Centre of Florence. It contributes the knowledge, enjoyment, preservation, and management of this World Heritage Site.

The project’s main objective is to develop a monitoring and evaluation model for World Heritage Sites by systematizing data and techniques for assessing architectural and urban restoration projects within the context of dynamic transformations in the historic fabric. The Integrated Information System serves as a “spatial index” that connects various databases available or under development, associated with both public and private entities. These databases focus on the consistency, state of conservation, and conditions of use of the heritage in the Historic Centre of Florence.

The research faced the significant challenge of integrating and harmonizing data from different sources, characterized by varying scales and reference systems. The data consisted of spatial information obtained through Open Source tools, datasets from the Tuscany region geoportal, data from the Municipality of Florence’s Sit, non-georeferenced university research, databases in .dbf or .xls formats, and dwg files. These diverse data sets were processed and analysed to lay the foundation for creating a new integrated database (DB) and an extensive archive of georeferenced data that documents the territory’s evolution.

The survey’s purpose is to facilitate the sharing and communication of this information by establishing an integrated information system. This system serves as a strategic element for integrating conservation policies with active transformation policies, promoting effective coordination and collaboration.


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The Florence Heritage Data System plays a crucial role for the Florence World Heritage and UNESCO Relations Office, serving as an essential tool for various functions. It facilitates Management Plan Monitoring, the compilation of Periodic Reports, assessments of territorial discipline, and the specific discipline related to world heritage. Additionally, it aids in integrating and identifying “heritage elements” within “transformability projects,” conducting architectural diagnostics, and carrying out cataloguing and mapping activities for cultural heritage.