Roadmap and Releases
Roadmap – Key Development Initiatives
Arches for Science
The development of Arches for Science is due to be released during 2021. It will extend the Arches Platform to provide a comprehensive system to help conservation scientists secure, retrieve, visualize, compare, and share their data, and manage project tasks in the lab. Arches for Science will be implemented at the Getty Conservation Institute, where it will be known as DISCO (Data Integration for Conservation Science), and, of course, it will be freely available as part of the Arches Platform for institutions worldwide.
Currently, the Arches development team is developing an add-in for Esri ArcGIS Pro that will allow Esri users to directly access, edit, and synchronize Arches data from their desktop GIS software.
Arches Workflows (included in Arches v5, released in January 2020)
As of v5.0, released in January 2020, Arches supports 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).
|In Progress – work is funded and planned|
|Real-time Arches/Esri Integration|
Arches v5.1 (June 2021)
Esri Add-in Module to be released separately following the release of Arches v5.1.
|Arches Collector Improvements||Arches v5.1 (June 2021)|
|Arches for Science v.1||Arches (Summer 2021)|
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||Date unknown|
Details of Arches v5.1 development (released in October 2020)
|Custom Indexing||Arches v5.1 (October 2020)|
|Dashboards||Arches v5.1 (October 2020)|
|IIIF Image Support||Arches v5.1 (October 2020)|
|Enhanced Permissions||Arches v5.1 (October 2020)|
|Improved JSON-LD Import/Export Support||Arches v5.1 (October 2020)|
Details of Arches v5 development (released in January 2020)
|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)|
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.