Roadmap and Releases – OLD 2020
Arches for Science
2020 – Arches for Science (being developed through the Getty Conservation Institute’s DISCO project) is due to be completed in 2020 and will customize the Arches platform for the management, integration, visualization, and publishing of heritage conservation science data.
This customization will:
- Allow conservation scientists to manage investigative and research activities on cultural heritage objects or places as projects
- Include a IIIF Image Datatype that will permit users to annotate digital images of a heritage object or place to visually indicate the precise location from which a sample was obtained
- Allow users to upload datasets, consisting of many individual files, derived from a selected set of analytical instruments to a secure onsite or cloud-based storage facility
- Provide a means for dynamically displaying charts showing the content of ASCII files containing x/y data from analyses
Q1 2020 – As of v5.0, which is due to be released in January 2020, Arches will support the ability to define workflows. In Arches, workflows are configurable, multi-step, orchestrated data entry tasks. Think of a workflow as a series of steps, with each step presenting a data entry form to a user. Developers can take advantage of workflows to create data editing sessions that mirror business processes. For example, you could create a workflow to manage the data entry process and enforce the business rules related to tracking the status and outcomes of heritage impact assessments (known in the United Kingdom as casework and consultations) and heritage designations. Other examples include recording the location of a sample taken from a heritage object or place, describing the purpose of the sample, and the instrument used to analyze the sample.
Each step in a workflow can implement custom logic, data validation rules, and custom user interface elements to streamline data entry tasks. Workflows can support creation of multiple resource model instances, a process that might otherwise require a user to navigate many data entry forms across multiple models.
Workflows may be especially useful if you need to ensure a specific order of operations for a data editing task, or if you want to present a particular data entry form based on a user’s selection in a previous step (e.g., if user enters “x” in field “y” in step 1, then skip step 2 and jump to step 3).
Q2 2020 – In 2020, the Arches development team will begin work to support near-real time integration of data between Arches and esri’s ArcGIS Pro.
Our intent is to allow GIS users to access, create, update, and delete Arches data directly from esri’s ArcGIS Pro. To support this capability, we will extend Arches existing API services to include the ability to publish esri FeatureServices for any model that includes at least one geospatial data node.
Arches’ esri FeatureServices can be registered with ArcGIS online, and accessed by ArcGIS Pro. To enable data creation/update/deletions directly from ArcGIS Pro, the Arches development team will write an esri Add-in that will:
- Ensure authentication between an esri user and an Arches server
- Access and display Arches data in ArcGIS Pro
- Support esri’s rich suite of geometry creation and editing tools to create and update geospatial data directly in Arches
- Provide the user interface necessary to display and navigate Arches nested data entry forms
- Use Arches API to ensure near-real time date synchronization between ArcGIS Pro and an Arches server.
Expected release date is late Spring 2020.
|In Progress – work is planned and funded|
**PLEASE NOTE:** v5 has just been released. See v5.0 release notes here!
|Technology Upgrades||Arches v5.0 (January 2020)|
|Componentized Search Filters||Arches v5.0 (January 2020)|
|Task Manager||Arches v5.0 (January 2020)|
|Notifications||Arches v5.0 (January 2020)|
|Workflows||Arches v5.0 (January 2020)|
|Additional Data Entry Card Components||Arches v5.0 (January 2020)|
|Enhanced Map Services||Arches v5.0 (January 2020)|
|Export Search Results||Arches v5.0 (January 2020)|
|Improved Data Import Speed||Arches v5.0 (January 2020)|
|Improved Error Handling||Arches v5.0 (January 2020)|
|Ontology Loader||Arches v5.0 (January 2020)|
|Custom Indexing||Arches v5.1 (June 2020)|
|Dashboards||Arches v5.1 (June 2020)|
|Real Time esri/Arches integration||Arches v5.1 (June 2020)|
|Add IIIF Image Support||Arches v5.1 (June 2020)|
|Enhanced Permissions||Arches v5.1 (June 2020)|
|Improved JSON-LD Import/Export Support||Arches v5.1 (June 2020)|
|Arches Collector Improvements||Arches v5.1 (June 2020)|
We encourage the Arches community to join in development efforts to improve and advance Arches. If you are able to help contribute to Arches development, please see our contributor guidelines on Github.
|Highly desirable but work is not funded|
|Reference Data Manager (RDM) update||Potentially available in Arches v5.2|
Arches v5.0 was released in January 2020. See v5.0 release notes.
Arches Collector v0.2.1 was released in September 2019. See www.archesproject.org/collector.
Arches v4.4.3 was released in November 2019. See v4.4.3 release notes.
Arches v4.4.2 was released in June 2019. See v4.4.2 release notes.
Arches v4.4.1 was released in February 2019. See v4.4.1 release notes.
Arches v4.3 was released in August 2018. See v4.3 release notes.
Arches v4.2 was released in June 2018. See v4.2 release notes.