UCL. research fellow 2019-2023

Ona’s background in architecture and engineering (and swanky location scouting) coalesced in her passion for large-scale mapping and digital inventories. She is especially excited by the ways in which these tools contribute to policy development, standards and guidelines for documentation and monitoring of heritage management. Ona has experience using geospatial content management systems such as Arches for the monitoring of transnational World Heritage. A result of this work was the development of the BELSPO/UNESCO project ‘Silk Roads Cultural Heritage Resource Information System’ which together with documentation and risk management strategies, is still in use by Central Asian States Parties and China. She has collaborated widely with regional and local professionals, government officials on documentation and digital technologies. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on CIPA Heritage Documentation and currently International Co-chair for the ICOMOS GA2020 Scientific Symposium in Sydney. She is an active advisor to the UNESCO Silk Roads World Heritage nomination. Currently, Ona is serving as co-editor of the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development. When she is not attached to a digital device she is hiking…with camera at the ready.

Read Ona Vileikis’ and Farukh Khabibullaeyev’s peer reviewed open access article Application of Digital Heritage Documentation for Condition Assessments and Monitoring Change in Uzbekistan, published in the ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume VIII-M-1-2021.