Implementations of Arches

Organizations worldwide are using Arches. To date, we are aware of more than forty heritage organizations that have either implemented Arches or are in the process of doing so. We have started this page in order to collect brief descriptions and links (if a given organization has chosen to make its implementation public). You can help by letting us know about any additional implementations that you are involved with or are aware of!


HistoricPlacesLA (February 2015): The City of Los Angeles, USA, 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.

American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Cultural Heritage Initiatives for Syria and Iraq (May 2015): ASOR is using Arches as part of its collaboration with the US Department of State to further its aims of documenting damage, promoting global awareness, sharing information with other organizations around the world, and planning emergency and post-war responses concerning the war-torn cultural heritage of Syria and areas of Islamic State activity within Iraq. Although ASOR’s implementation has not been made publicly accessible further information can be found on the initiatives’ website.

Philippine Heritage Map (August 2015): A Manila-based nonprofit has implemented Arches as the Philippine Heritage Map in order to publish online information collected through an ongoing national-scale heritage survey of the Philippines.

Early Watercraft (September 2015): Early Watercraft is a research project at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, that has deployed Arches to present information on early Slovenian logboats and potentially provide a framework to manage and publish data on early watercraft throughout the world.

Cane River Heritage Inventory & Map (October 2015): The Cane River National Heritage Area in Louisiana, USA, has implemented Arches as the Cane River Heritage Inventory and Map to both manage information on heritage resources and to promote public knowledge, appreciation, and interest in those resources.

Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (October 2015): The Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa project based at Oxford University is using Arches to record archaeological sites and landscapes that are under threat across the Middle East and North Africa, including from rapid population growth, urban expansion, agricultural development, warfare, and looting.

Zbiva (May 2016): Zbiva is an archaeological database that covers sites dating from the early Middle Ages that are located in the eastern Alps and its surrounding regions. It includes sites in Slovenia, Austria, on the NW Croatian coast, and in the NE regions in Italy, which are sometimes compared to sporadic sites from the neighbouring areas and also from the previous era.

Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) (July 2016): The AFRH Information and Resource Inventory System (IRIS) is the first federal implementation of Arches in the United States. As a federal agency, AFRH manages a 272-acre historic campus in Washington, DC that has been in continuous operation as a retirement home for veterans since the 1850s. AFRH IRIS makes valuable research on this historic property available to the public, while allowing AFRH and its staff to manage its campus planning and federal environmental compliance activities.


Nouli Community, Hualien County, Taiwan (August 2016): This implementation was created by a team at National Chengchi University (NCCU) in Taiwan to better understand the rural Nouli community through an inventory of the community’s resources.

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