Arches (www.archesproject.org) is a robust web-based inventory platform designed specifically for cultural heritage resources. Sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute and World Monuments Fund, Arches is open source software developed by Farallon Geographics. Legion GIS has been fortunate to work closely with all of these organizations to support the Arches user forum, co-present at conferences in the US and abroad, and participate in further development of the software. We've gained extensive experience with the platform, and in dealing with organizations who are interested in using it. From initial design, in-depth custom component integration, existing data migration, and even server hosting, we can help you every step of the way.
Below are three examples of Arches v3 apps with which we are very familiar; created two of them, and the final is the default Arches-HIP configuration. Check out the demo section below to get behind-the-scenes access to cloned "sandbox" versions of these apps.
We worked together with PRESERVE/scapes to create this Arches v3 app for the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington DC. We incorporated many historic maps (read about that here), created a multi-faceted permissions system, and reworked the database system to assist with site management and development project planning. visit the repo
Our first work with Arches was to create this app for the Cane River National Heritage Area, in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. We created many new map layers (from Sanborn Maps© to high resolution elevation reliefs) to enhance the map view, and migrated many existing datasets to the new installation, including an entire historic cemetery. visit the repo
We also host a few demonstration Arches applications, so you can try it out for yourself. Once logged in, you can create new resources, and access the RDM (controlled vocabulary editor).
Even though Arches is open source software (free to use), it still needs to be hosted on a server somewhere, so it is accessible through the internet. We use Amazon Web Services for all of our web hosting. This is a reliable and cost effective service that lends itself perfectly to the architecture of the Arches platform. Please get in touch with us to discuss prices for hosting your Arches installation.
During Arches v3 development, our staff has created some shortcuts here and there that we are happy to share. Feel free to download or contribute.