Arches Events Archive

This is an archive of past Arches-related events. For the current and future Arches-related events, visit the Arches Event page.

May 12, 2017 - CPF Conference, Pasadena, CA, USA

In addition to the session described below, an Arches team member will be present at the Arches booth from Wednesday afternoon (May 10) to Friday morning (May 12). Come and say hi!

Session: From SurveyLA to Historic Places LA: A Case Study in Creating Historic Resources Inventories with Arches

SESSION DESCRIPTION: SurveyLA, Los Angeles’ citywide historic resources survey, wrapped up in February 2017. What lessons for other communities may be drawn from this precedent-setting initiative, and what are some of the challenges and opportunities to build upon survey information as a first step in creating a comprehensive historic resources inventory? Inventories are a critical tool to help communities manage information on historic resources over time and use this information in meaningful ways to inform planning policies, processes, and decisions. Session participants will provide an overview of SurveyLA, discuss the challenges and successes of the project, and showcase the diversity of resources identified by geographic distribution, time period, and contexts and themes represented. Using SurveyLA as a case study, participants will focus on the next steps in capitalizing on surveys to enhance local planning priorities, including the need for ongoing information management and online publishing. The presentation will cover the customization and implementation of the open source Arches Heritage Inventory and Management System as HistoricPlacesLA, the Los Angeles Historic Resources Inventory. Participants will demonstrate enhancements to the Arches software included in version 4.0, such as the new mobile data collection app for completing field surveys, and provide an overview of other organizations that are implementing Arches.

MODERATOR: Ken Bernstein, Manager, Office of Historic Resources, City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources

David Myers, Senior Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute
Janet Hansen, Deputy Manager, City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources
Katie Horak, Principal, Architectural Resources Group
Kari Fowler, Senior Preservation Planner, Historic Resources Group
Sara Delgadillo Cruz, Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources
Teresa Grimes, Principal Architectural Historian, GPA Consulting

Friday, May 12, 2017, 3:45-5:15pm
42nd California Preservation Foundation Conference
Pasadena Hilton Hotel, Pasadena, CA

For more information on the conference, including how to register, please visit the California Preservation Foundation (CPF) Conference webpage:

March 29 & 30, 2017, Arches 2-Day Workshop, Liverpool, UK (Workshop)

Workshop: Arches 2-Day Workshop in Liverpool

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Liverpool, UK, March 29 & 30, 2017 

Liverpool John Moores University

Introduction to Arches v4 and the new Arches Designer

Attend for one day or two

Day One (Wednesday, March 29):

What is Arches?
Topics to be covered will include:

  • An overview of Arches, including creation/management of data, search and reporting functionality, and geospatial layers
  • Controlled vocabularies; manage satellite/aerial imagery; import and export capabilities
  • Plans for a mobile data collection app and crowdsourcing tools
  • Customizations for the UK: compliance with MIDAS Heritage; a consultations module; and UK heritage vocabularies
  • How Greater London and Lincoln HERs are preparing for deployments of Arches, including costs and support options
  • Considerations for an Arches implementation
  • Other international implementations; the Arches community and how to participate
Day Two (Thursday, March 30):

Installation and Configuration of Arches (No software coding experience necessary using the new Arches Designer.)
Topics to be covered will include:

  • Arches download and installation
  • Hands-on comprehensive configuration of Arches
  • Arches database: graph/data structure (Arches Designer); thesauri management (Reference Data Manager [RDM])
  • Permissions/user-profile management, base maps and GIS overlays

When? Wednesday, March 29, 2017 and/or Thursday, March 30, 2017, both beginning at 10:30 (coffee/registration at 10:00); ending at 16:30.
Where? Liverpool Johns Moores University, Liverpool, UK.
Cost? The workshop is free.
What’s included? Workshop with coffee and tea breaks; lunch; and an Arches community reception/dinner on March 29. A limited number of nearby hotel rooms are being held at a special rate on a first-come-first-served basis and must be booked early to get the special rate; prices range from £50 to £90 per night. (A list will be sent with confirmation.)
Skills required? For Day One, no prior knowledge of Arches; for Day Two, a general understanding of Arches (e.g., attendance on Day One) and intermediate computer skills, but no software coding experience for configuration sessions is necessary.
Who should attend? Heritage professionals in government, NGOs, or private business; academics interested in heritage research and teaching; IT professionals interested in supporting implementations of Arches.

A note for software developers:
If you are interested in the backend technical details of Arches, please submit the registration form to let us know your interests. Depending on the amount and types of interest received, we may be able to offer some developer-focused technical sessions.

Space is limited.
Preference will be given to those interested in deploying Arches for use in the cultural heritage sector.
Space limitations may prevent us from accommodating large groups from the same organization.

Arches™ is a modern open-source software platform that is purpose-built for the cultural heritage field and freely available for organizations to independently install to manage their inventories of cultural heritage places. For more information on Arches, please see:

The workshop is generously hosted by Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool,
and sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles.


March 13, 2017 - CAA 2017, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (Workshop)

WORKSHOP: How to Unlock the Potential of Heritage Data with Arches Version 4

This workshop will provide an overview of Version 4 of the Arches heritage inventory and management platform, including the new Version 4 features with a focus on customizing the software to meet your organization’s or project’s needs for cultural heritage data management.

Topics covered will include:

    • An overview of the management of heritage data in Arches, including international data standards, graphs, controlled vocabularies, and integration with external web services
    • System design and capabilities, including system architecture, creating and managing data, searching and reporting functionality, and geospatial layers
    • Arches deployment, including the new installation wizard and customization of the platform through the new application configuration manager, the new user-profile and permissions manager, and the new integrated graph manager
    • Features coming soon, including the new mobile data collection app for smartphone and tablet field data collection with or without network connectivity, and data contributions including crowdsourcing with the new data-collection project manager tool
    • The Arches community, including how to participate
    • How Arches is being implemented by a range of organizations and projects, including for archaeological applications.


Arches is an innovative open source software system that incorporates international standards and is built to inventory and help manage all types of immovable cultural heritage. It brings together a growing worldwide community of heritage professionals and IT specialists. Arches is freely available to download, customize, and independently implement. For more information about Arches, visit:

Monday, March 13, 2017, 11am – 4pm (lunch provided) 
45th Computer Applications and Quantitive Methods in Archaeology (CAA) International Conference
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA, USA

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November 1, 2016 - APT San Antonio 2016, San Antonio, TX, USA

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“Using the Arches open source web application as a Cultural Resources Management Tool”
Presented by Carrie Barton, PRESERVE/scapes, and Adam Cox, Legion GIS

Paper Session CS2.1: Mapping Culture (Part 1)
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 9:45am – 11:15am
Association for Preservation Technology (APT) International Conference 2016
San Antonio, Texas

For more information, visit the APT San Antonio 2016 website.

October 23, 2016 - CA APA Conference, Pasadena, CA, USA




“Paperless Preservation” 
Janet Hansen of the City of Los Angeles’ Office of Historic Resources will discuss the City’s implementation of Arches,, as part of a panel on how three Southern California communities are using technology to manage their historic resources.

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 9:45am – 11:15am
American Planning Association California Conference 2016
Pasadena, CA

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