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GIS-based system for Monument data


  • Alison Dalgity: Senior Project Manager, The Getty Conservation Institute,
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 700. Los Angeles, CA 90049-1684. (T) 310.440.6208
  • Dennis Wuthrich, CEO, Farallon Geographics Inc,,
    Company based in San Francisco, who is developing the software
  • Yiannis Avramides, World Monuments Fund,, partner on the Arches project,

Alison: We have recently met with Dominic Oldman at the British Museum and we've also spoken to Martin Doerr from FORTH, both of whom not only spoke highly of you, but suggested that you might be prepared to meet with us in order to discuss our project and possible cooperation in the future.


Arches is an open source, geospatial system to help inventory and manage Immovable Cultural Heritage data, which the Getty Conservation Institute will make available to the CH field.

  • an earlier version was first deployed by the Jordan ministry of culture as MEGA Jordan
  • it was planned to be used in Iraq, but this was suspended because of the war
  • it is now used by Los Angeles, and

Arches is a significantly different and much improved and advanced version. See attached papers and brochure, which also give an idea about development plans

Meeting, Demo access

A meeting was held Jan 8 4-6:30pm in Sofia.

Alison: On behalf of my colleagues and I, I'd like to thank you and Mariana once again for your generosity of time to meet with us today and for a very enjoyable evening.

I have (at least attempted to) set up an account for you on the MEGA training site. We have not used the site for several months now and it may not be behaving exactly the way it should.

The site's URL is: . Your username: valexiev

  • You "should" have received an email from the system that includes a new, temporary password.
  • I have made you a fully-privileged user--i.e., you should be able to create and edit sites, etc.
  • This includes actual Jordan data, which however has been somewhat edited/mangled while testing

Perhaps it might be worth the time to view the 5-minute overview video before playing with the site because it covers the features that might be otherwise missed--e.g., several people have missed the Reports panel (at the bottom of the screen) on the first viewing.
The video is at:

Let us know if you have any trouble accessing the site, and please let us know what you think

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