Category: Cultural Resources

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...
How to Create Resources in Arches 4 Cultural Heritage Management Software

How to Create Resources in Arches 4 Cultural Heritage Management Software

In this post, I’d like to give you a quick step-by-step walkthrough of how to model and create useful data in Arches 4. Branches, Resource Models and Resources Before we dive in, let me define a few terms: “Branches” are partial data model graphs used for modeling data in Arches; they are not entities which collect data themselves, but rather define groups of modeled data that can be used to...
Arches 4 Lets Developers Create Custom Reports for Cultural Heritage Management

Arches 4 Lets Developers Create Custom Reports for Cultural Heritage Management

In my last post, I talked a bit about how developers will be able to enhance their Arches 4 implementations by developing custom widgets and datatypes, and building the forms that allow users to reconfigure them. Arches 4 uses a similar pattern for building Resource Model reports: Arches 4 will ship with a number of prebuilt report templates that users can select for use as a Resource Model report....
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...
For Historical Preservation in Queen Anne’s County, It’s All About Connections

For Historical Preservation in Queen Anne’s County, It’s All About Connections

“I have worked and collected materials, researched and documented and listened for 15 years. This is why Arches is such a gem for me as it is the best possible place to preserve all of this (historical data).”  – Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin — Queen Anne’s County Historian These are some kind words about Arches Cultural Heritage and Asset Management software from Queen Anne’s County. Farallon worked with  the Queen...
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...