Arches™ 2-Day Workshop in Liverpool

UPDATE (January 25, 2017):
Thank you for your interest in Arches. We have had an overwhelming response, and have exceeded the capacity of the venue.
The workshop is now FULL!
However, in the event that we are able to accommodate more attendees or if you would like to be updated about future events, please send an email outlining your interests to

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Liverpool, UK, March 29 & 30, 2017 

Liverpool John Moores University

Introduction to Arches v4 and the new Arches Designer

Attend for one day or two

Day One (Wednesday, March 29):

What is Arches?
Topics to be covered will include:

  • An overview of Arches, including creation/management of data, search and reporting functionality, and geospatial layers
  • Controlled vocabularies; manage satellite/aerial imagery; import and export capabilities
  • Plans for a mobile data collection app and crowdsourcing tools
  • Customizations for the UK: compliance with MIDAS Heritage; a consultations module; and UK heritage vocabularies
  • How Greater London and Lincoln HERs are preparing for deployments of Arches, including costs and support options
  • Considerations for an Arches implementation
  • Other international implementations; the Arches community and how to participate
Day Two (Thursday, March 30):

Installation and Configuration of Arches (No software coding experience necessary using the new Arches Designer.)
Topics to be covered will include:

  • Arches download and installation
  • Hands-on comprehensive configuration of Arches
  • Arches database: graph/data structure (Arches Designer); thesauri management (Reference Data Manager [RDM])
  • Permissions/user-profile management, base maps and GIS overlays

When? Wednesday, March 29, 2017 and/or Thursday, March 30, 2017, both beginning at 10:30 (coffee/registration at 10:00); ending at 16:30.
Where? Liverpool Johns Moores University, Liverpool, UK.
Cost? The workshop is free.
What’s included? Workshop with coffee and tea breaks; lunch; and an Arches community reception/dinner on March 29. A limited number of nearby hotel rooms are being held at a special rate on a first-come-first-served basis and must be booked early to get the special rate; prices range from £50 to £90 per night. (A list will be sent with confirmation.)
Skills required? For Day One, no prior knowledge of Arches; for Day Two, a general understanding of Arches (e.g., attendance on Day One) and intermediate computer skills, but no software coding experience for configuration sessions is necessary.
Who should attend? Heritage professionals in government, NGOs, or private business; academics interested in heritage research and teaching; IT professionals interested in supporting implementations of Arches.

A note for software developers:
If you are interested in the backend technical details of Arches, please submit the registration form to let us know your interests. Depending on the amount and types of interest received, we may be able to offer some developer-focused technical sessions.

Space is limited.
Preference will be given to those interested in deploying Arches for use in the cultural heritage sector.
Space limitations may prevent us from accommodating large groups from the same organization.

Arches™ is a modern open-source software platform that is purpose-built for the cultural heritage field and freely available for organizations to independently install to manage their inventories of cultural heritage places. For more information on Arches, please see:

The workshop is generously hosted by Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool,
and sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles.