Author: Dennis Wuthrich

Integrate Historic Maps, Modern Aerial Imagery and Shapefiles in Arches v4 to Understand Cultural Significance

Integrate Historic Maps, Modern Aerial Imagery and Shapefiles in Arches v4 to Understand Cultural Significance

Our recent agreement to implement Arches as the English City of Lincoln’s cultural heritage data management system gives us a first-hand opportunity to tune Arches for use by regional authorities across England.  A prominent component of that tuning includes using historic maps to understand the significance of built heritage, from finds of prehistoric flint tools to medieval castles and Second World War pillboxes. Historic Maps and the City of Lincoln...
Geospatial Software Solutions Come and Go, Mind the Data!

Geospatial Software Solutions Come and Go, Mind the Data!

This year’s FOSS4G had many interesting talks but one presentation in particular, caught my attention:  “Software Comes and Goes, Mind the Data!” by Arnulf Christl.  The 140 character summary of this talk is: Data, even as it ages, remains valuable and ought to be considered a “historic document”.  In contrast, software becomes obsolete and dies.  The talk offered some interesting questions and amusing analogies and the overall take-away is...
Resource Graphs in Arches v4  Cultural Heritage Software

Resource Graphs in Arches v4 Cultural Heritage Software

Getting Ready for Arches v4 If you’ve been following the Arches Project, you know that it’s an ambitious bit of software.  Arches allows you to build rich, interoperable, and geospatially sophisticated inventories of cultural heritage. If you’ve already worked with Arches v3, you know that it takes a real commitment to master all of its capabilities.  Things like creating resource graphs (the way cultural heritage data records, or “resources”, are...
How do you define significance in cultural resources management?

How do you define significance in cultural resources management?

For years Farallon has successfully designed and deployed geospatially-enabled asset management systems for utilities, highway maintenance, water treatment etc. But in the past few years we have taken on a new challenge – being the developers for the Getty Conservation Institute and the World Monuments Fund for an  inventory and management system for cultural heritage a.k.a. Arches. This has required an even more sophisticated way of thinking as well as more...
Flight Tracking and Noise Management using Open Source GIS Tools – Part 2

Flight Tracking and Noise Management using Open Source GIS Tools – Part 2

In Designing an Open Source Geospatial Solution to Manage Airport Noise and Operations – Part 1 I described OpenNOMS, a modular and Open Source suite of applications for managing airport and flight noise information and operations in a geospatial context. The first module of the application suite we have worked on is FlightTracker, a fully web-based application for monitoring, visualizing, and reporting on the correlation between airplane flight paths, noise...