by Arches Team

Arches Version 1.0 is here! The GCI/WMF team (David, Alison, Yiannis, and Annabel) is thrilled to release this latest version of Arches, with many thanks to the team at Farallon Geographics (Dennis, Alexei, Adam, Ryan, Cyrus, and Rob) for working with us right up to wire to make this exciting milestone happen.

It’s been an interesting journey since January 2013 when we first introduced the Arches system. Difficult choices and compromises have been made in the effort to balance enhanced functionality with ease of use, but we think that this release nicely accomplishes many of the goals that we set out to achieve.

For those seeing Arches for the first time, and even for those who have been following its development, the clean and elegant Arches interface might seem a bit simple on the surface. However, looks can be deceiving. It’s much more difficult than you can imagine to create a system that is both generic 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.

It’s these invisible underpinnings of the system that we think will make all the difference. 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.

However, despite all the great improvements, the journey is far from over for Arches. In addition to planning some small updates to build upon this version release, we’re focusing on building up 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.

We look forward to hearing from you!