Welcome to the Arches project! Arches is a collaborative effort to create an open source, geospatial information system for cultural heritage inventory and management. The Arches project was developed by the Getty Conservation Institute and World Monuments Fund, and brings together heritage professionals and software developers from around the globe who are interested in sharing their skills and expertise in this initiative.


     We are extremely pleased to be able to address the need of government authorities, nonprofit organizations, and research institutions for an accessible and user-friendly software platform to create and maintain inventories of immovable cultural heritage.


     The budding community of users and developers will be the key to the success of this endeavor. We invite you to learn more about Arches and to spread the word, and to consider more ways in which you can help this effort.

Tim Whalen
The Getty Conservation Institute

Bonnie Burnham
President and Chief Executive Officer
World Monuments Fund