Arches V1.0 released - open-source geospatial system for cultural heritage inventory management

Arches V1.0 released – open-source geospatial system for cultural heritage inventory management

The Getty Conservation Institute, World Monuments Fund and Farallon Geographics are excited to announce the release of version 1.0 of Arches, a modern, user-friendly, open source information system created to help organizations inventory and manage heritage places of all types.

For those seeing Arches for the first time, the clean and elegant Arches interface might seem a bit simple on the surface. However, looks can be deceiving. Arches is a solution that is both applicable and relevant to a broad spectrum of heritage organizations all over the world, while also incorporating complex functions such as elastic search and built-in mechanisms to enforce data standards.  For example, the incorporation of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM) enables powerfully effective searches within, as well as between, data sets. It also facilitates data migration to newer systems and aids in the preservation of data over time.

For more information about Arches, read the feature article: “CHANGING THE HERITAGE” (pdf).


The focus now is to build and expand the Arches community to ensure that the system grows and reaches its full potential. You can be a part of Arches’ open source development by sharing your feedback and questions on the Arches community forum, spreading the word throughout the heritage community, making contributions to the Arches code, and/or thinking of other ways to become involved.

Visit The Arches web site to get involved and learn more.

See Arches 1.0 press release for a general overview.

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