Getting Started

ARCS, or Archaeological Resource Cataloguing System, is a dynamic and interactive ecosystem, which highlights both archival data and the physical relationships between resources.

ARCS is an open-source web platform that enables individuals to collaborate in creating and relating digitized primary evidence when conducting research in the humanities. While ARCS certainly excels at storing and archiving data, it’s real strength lies in its attention to the relationships your resources share between themselves—and the people that created those resources. The other main highlight of ARCS lies in its crowd-based model of data input and data validation.

Using ARCS, you can retrieve resources using the search facility with the use of simplified facets. Registered users of ARCS can interact with your research collection in a number of different ways. They can create new resources, curate targeted research collections, add resource annotations, review detailed information about a resource or certain types of collections, and flag data they deem to be problematic.


A resource can be any form of digital data related to a research that a researcher is working on. It can be photographs, page spreads, inventory cards, maps, artifacts, reports, word documents, notebooks etc. You can learn more details at the Resources section.


An annotation is a short explanatory note made by any researcher and they can be added by researchers to any resource when they are open to them. You can learn more details at the Annotation section.


A collection can be formed by combining any form of the above mentioned resources relevant to a particular segment of a research. You can learn more details at the Collections section.


Resources can be uploaded in ARCS in a very user-friendly manner. A researcher can upload multiple files of different formats at a time. You can learn more details at the Uploading section.


Searching any resource, collection or notebook has been made easier through a number of facets like user, filename, file type, keyword, title etc. You can learn more details in the Search section.