On May 17, 2018, at a ceremony held at the Guildhall in Lincoln, United Kingdom, the City of Lincoln Council and the GCI launched ARCADE (Access Resource for Conservation and Archaeology in a Development Environment), a powerful and publicly accessible system to inventory, map, describe, and help protect the rich cultural heritage of the City of Lincoln, which has stood from Roman times to the present. The system was built using Arches,1 a web-based open source data-management platform developed by the GCI in partnership with World Monuments Fund.
A collaboration between the Lincoln Council and the GCI, ARCADE2 currently contains eighteen thousand records, including records of archaeological sites and finds, historic buildings, excavations and surveys, and related books, reports, maps, and photographs. Many entries show relationships between different types of cultural heritage data, such as a historic building and its architect, or an archaeological site and artifacts found at that site that may now reside in a museum. ARCADE is being used by planners and developers to better understand the development constraints in areas with cultural heritage assets, and it can help them determine how best to balance development and heritage preservation.
"Our colleagues at City of Lincoln have been enthusiastic collaborators as we have worked together to adapt Arches as the underlying platform of ARCADE," said Tim Whalen, John E. and Louise Bryson Director of the GCI. "The importance of historical data maintained by City of Lincoln offers an opportunity for us to demonstrate the significant advantages of Arches to the international conservation community and the benefits it provides to those in need of a modern and comprehensive cultural heritage management system."
The GCI is also partnering with Historic England to deploy Arches as the platform for the new Greater London Historic Environment Record, anticipated to be launched at the end of 2019.