Article: This open-source software is helping Barbados and Jamaica preserve their cultural heritage

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This open-source software is helping Barbados and Jamaica preserve their cultural heritage

The Getty Museum, famous for the role it plays in facilitating the understanding and appreciation of art, is perhaps less well known for its efforts around the preservation of global heritage sites and history. Most recently, Getty worked with communities and cultural experts in Barbados and Jamaica in order to highlight the cultural heritage of both islands in ways that give voice to those who have been historically disenfranchised.

By using the free, open-source, cultural data management software it developed called Arches, Getty worked with local heritage professionals in Barbados and Jamaica to feature various locations, stories and traditions that make each island unique—an approach that Alexandria Sivak, Getty’s International Communications Manager, calls “an interesting intersection of history, archaeology, and technology.”

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