An open source data management platform for the heritage field


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What is Arches® ?

Arches is an open source software platform freely available for cultural heritage organizations to independently deploy to help them manage their cultural heritage data.

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Arches Overview

Arches is a web-based, enterprise-level information management platform that is:

  • Standards based
  • Customizable
  • Open Source
  • Community driven

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Table describing Arches features from data management, data discovery and visualization to project management.

Arches Features

Arches features and capabilities include:

Data Discovery and Visualization

  • Search
  • Spatial Data and GIS
  • Reports and Annotations

Data Management

  • Data structure and storage
  • Controlled Vocabularies

Project and Task Management

  • Workflows

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Arches Demo

The Arches demonstration site has been created so those interested can get hands-on experience with the platform.

  • Test functionality
  • Check out software improvements
  • Demonstrate proof of concept

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Who is Using Arches?

Organizations worldwide have deployed Arches. The following are a few examples:

Jamaica National Inventory of Historic Places

Arches has been deployed  for the Jamaica National Inventory of Historic Places, with emphasis on community nominations of significant sites. It is the result of cooperation between the Jamaica Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the Organization of American States.   

Nepal Heritage Documentation Project (NHDP)

NHDP documents the historical monuments and objects spread across the Kathmandu Valley. It has deployed Arches as the  Digital Archive of Nepalese Arts and Monuments (DANAM).

Lincoln Historic Environment Record (HER)

The City of Lincoln, UK, has implemented Arches as its Historic Environment Record (HER), known as ARCADE. ARCADE is a publicly-accessible and powerful system to inventory, map, describe, and help protect Lincoln’s rich cultural heritage, which spans from Roman times to the present.

Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA)

The EAMENA project based at Oxford University is using Arches to record archaeological sites and landscapes under threat across the 20 country MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.

HistoricPlacesLA (HPLA)

The City of Los Angeles has deployed Arches as HistoricPlacesLA, the official Los Angeles Historic Resources Inventory, to serve both as a tool to fulfill its obligations under federal, state, and local historic preservation laws and to make information publicly accessible.

Heritage Geoportal of Cantón Nabón, Ecuador

The Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain), the Universidad del Azuay (Ecuador) and Ecuador’s National Institute of Cultural Heritage (INPC) have implemented Arches for management of cultural and natural heritage of Cantón Nabón, a rural area of the Ecuadorian highlands.