Archaeological sites, historic buildings and structures and other cultural heritage is at risk in countries around the world. Working with the Getty Conservation Institute and World Monuments Fund, we’ve developed an open source, web-based geospatial data management system called Arches (http://www.archesproject.org) that lets organizations build and manage inventories of their heritage objects, a key step in protecting built heritage. Because describing cultural heritage objects is so dependent on location (think of the difference between Egyptian and Californian culture), Arches is extremely flexible and customizable. In this talk I’ll show how Arches implements graphical geospatial database design, data entry, analysis and reporting tools that let budget strapped organizations implement custom enterprise-scale heritage inventories.
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