Arches Project Bulletin

News, Resources, Events and Community Highlights

January 2020



Arches Version 5

This week, the Arches development team released v5.0!  Version 5 includes important technology upgrades, new features and enhancements.  For highlights and release notes, see the Version 5 announcement.

Stay tuned for more information, including an upcoming v5.0 webinar and blog.



Arches Roadmap

In December 2019, we updated the Arches Roadmap to provide greater visibility to development planned for 2020 and to share information on new Arches software development initiatives. Roadmap highlights include:

  • Arches for Science
  • Arches Workflow
  • Arches/esri integration

For more info, check out the Arches Roadmap.

(This image depicts detail from Jean Bourdichon’s Louis XII of France Kneeling in Prayer, Accompanied by Saints Michael, Charlemagne, Louis, and Denis.  X-ray fluorescence maps show the distribution of gold, silver, and bismuth.  Photo: J. Paul Getty Museum.)

Implementation Considerations

Are you evaluating or preparing to implement Arches, or looking for new insights on the implementation planning process?  The recently updated Arches Implementation Considerations document covers key considerations you want to know about early on in the process.  This informative and practical guide is organized into 5 main sections:

  • Installation Considerations
  • Data Considerations
  • Configuration Considerations
  • Customizing and Extending Arches
  • Ongoing Support and Community Participation

Access the Arches Implementation Considerations document for complete details.


Arches Webinars

In 2019, we launched the first Arches Webinars!  The webinars are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about Arches.  Topics covered in 2019 included a preview of Arches Collector (new mobile app for data collection) and an Arches Platform intro series (Parts 1 and 2, Arches Capabilities and Data Management Tools).  Participants were encouraged to ask questions, and Arches experts were on hand to answer questions during the webinar Q&A session.
To find webinar recordings and transcripts, visit the Arches Videos page.

(Image of the webinar team for Intro to the Arches Platform,Part 2, held on December 11, 2019.)

Connect with the Arches Community

To date, nearly 500 Arches users, implementors, and developers are members of the Arches Discussion Forum.  The forum is the primary support tool for the Arches community, and whether you are new to Arches or a super user, we welcome all to join and participate. Visit and join the Arches Discussion Forum.

Who is using Arches?

Arches has been implemented by organizations worldwide, and we are always enthusiastic to find out about new and upcoming implementations.  If you would like your implementation listed on our website, email us at  Please provide a brief description, a screenshot and a link to your implementation if it has been made public.
Recent featured implementations include:
Maldives Heritage Survey The Maldives Heritage Survey works to systematically inventory and document endangered cultural heritage in the Maldives, including mosques, cemeteries, the remains of Buddhist temple complexes, and other historical structures and physical objects.  The materials documented in our database are vulnerable to both natural and human threats that jeopardize the survival and accessibility of historical information for this vital node in pre-modern economic and religious networks spanning the Indian Ocean world and beyond.  The project is led by Michael Feener, based at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and funded by Arcadia.  Work in country is conducted in partnership with the Maldives Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage, and the international collaboration of the SaieLab at Washington University in St. Loius, and the Earth Observatory of Singapore at Nanyang Technological University.

(Description and image provided by Dr Michael Feener, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.)


Global Digital Heritage Global Digital Heritage (GDH) is a not-for-profit, private research and education organization dedicated to documenting, monitoring, and preserving our global cultural and natural heritage.  GDH uses Arches to make digital data on nearly 100 sites and 300 artifacts (e.g. 3D models, point clouds and geospatial information) freely available to the public.  With collaborations in Portugal, France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and elsewhere, Arches is the key to creating a digital research environment for sharing 3D data.

(Description and image provided by Vincent Meijer for Global Digital Heritage.)
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