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Arches v4.0 (Most completed July 2017; data collection app. due end of year)

  • Mobile data collection (smartphone/tablet field data collection with or without network connectivity)
  • Data contributions including crowdsourcing with data-collection project manager tool
  • Installation wizard and application configuration manager
  • Graph manager (ability to create and edit graphs within Arches)
  • User-profile, permissions manager
  • Tile server for satellite and other imagery
  • Improved data-entry forms
  • Priority assessment module
  • JSON data import/export
  • Arches API and technology upgrades


Arches-HIP 1.1 (Completed July 2017)

  • Integrated Search and Map Display
  • Improved Display of Related Resources Graphs
  • Improved Date/Time Handling


Arches v3.0

Released April 2015


Redesigned System Architecture

Arches v3.0 implements a core server-side framework that provides:

  • Data management services for resource graphs
  • Data indexing services
  • Thesaurus management (Reference Data Manager)
  • Data reporting services

Arches v3 server also implements a new suite of libraries:

  • Require.js
  • Backbone.js
  • Update ElasticSearch to v1.1
  • OpenLayers v3.0

As of v3.0, Arches core server has been re-designed to better support the creation of applications (called “packages” in v2.0), particularly to better support:

  • jQuery
  • Bootstrap

Data Import/Export:

  • Shapefile import/export of resource graph data
  • A “.arches” text file for import/export
  • SKOS import/export for Arches thesauri
  • Search results exported as .csv, .kml, and shapefile

Thesauri Management

  • Arches v3.0 provides a web application (the “Reference Data Manager”) to support the creation and management of thesauri used to power search and resource data management
  • SKOS compliant management of concepts, labels, notes, and concept relationships
  • Ability to manage key/value pairs for a concept
  • Ability to associate images with a concept


  • Security model that allows a system admin to define node-level privileges (read, create, update, delete) for users and groups
  • Fully integrated with Django’s security module and admin interface


  • Simplified and streamlined system installation for production deployment
  • Better dependency detection
  • Developer-friendly scripts for installing and running Arches in a development  environment


Arches Applications

Arches v3.0 will support multiple applications (called “packages” in v2.0).  Arches applications implement:

  • Resource graphs
  • Data entry forms
  • Mapping Interface
  • Reports

Arches v3.0 will include an application called the Heritage Inventory Package (HIP) that is informed by international documentation standards and a context-based approach to evaluating the significance of heritage resources.

The HIP application includes:

  • A set of 6 resource graphs: Heritage Resources, Heritage Districts, Activities, Historical Events, Actors, Information Resources
  • A completely re-designed User Interface to better support data entry, advanced resource searches, and map-based exploration of resources

Some of the key features of the HIP include:

  • Separate workflows for describing resources, evaluating the significance of resources, and managing user access privileges to resources
  • Responsive user interface; support for mobile devices and desktop computers
  • Expanded “condition assessment” capabilities, including the ability to record threats, disturbances, and management recommendations
  • Improved workflows for creating and managing relationships between resources
  • Drag & drop support for digital file uploads
  • Improved attribute, spatial, and temporal search capabilities


Arches v2.2

Now included in v3.0

  • Bug Fixes and enhancements tagged as “v 2.2.0” in the Arches repository
  • Better documentation on creating and implementing custom resource graphs
  • Improved workflow for supporting community edits to the Arches documentation


Arches v2.1

Now included in v3.0 

  • Support for uploading digital files and associating them with an individual or multiple resources
  • Bug fixes and enhancements tagged as “v 2.1.0” in the Arches repository


Arches v2.0

Released March 2014

  • Update Django from 1.3 to 1.6
  • Tested with PostgreSQL 9.3 and PostGIS 2.x
  • Separate core Arches functionality into a single application
  • Implement a package management system that separates implementation specific configuration information into modules that can be loading into Arches. Packages include:
    • Resource graphs
    • User interface/data entry forms
    • Concept Schema graphs and their data
    • Report templates
    • Data indexing scripts (to support search)
    • Test data
    • System configuration information (e.g., symbols for map display, supported languages)
  • Packages may be created and shared by the Arches community, and can be extended or enhanced independently of core Arches.
  • A CDS (Core Data Standard) v 1.0 Package that implements all the resource graphs, forms, concept schema, indexes, data, and configuration settings that were shipped with Arches v 1.0
  • Bug fixes and enhancements
  • #113, 199, 200, 244, 246, 296, 302, 320, 322, 327, 341, 342, 345, 353, 357, 362, 363, 364
  • Simplified installation scripts
  • Improvements and fixes to the Installation Documentation


Arches v1.0

Released October 2013
Initial release.


Roadmap last updated: January 2016


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