The Arches Project has been selected by Google for their 2014 Summer of Code program—a global endeavor that offers students stipends to write code for open source software projects.

Arches originated as a collaboration between the GCI and World Monuments Fund to develop an open source, web- and geospatially based information system purpose-built to inventory and manage immovable cultural heritage. Arches is built using open source software tools to make its adoption cost-effective, and to allow heritage institutions to pool resources to enhance Arches in mutually beneficial ways.

In addition to new features developed for Arches, the Summer of Code program will broaden recognition of Arches and contribute to the larger purpose of raising awareness of the ways information technologists can contribute to the protection of cultural heritage.

More information on the Arches Project is available at: www.archesproject.org.