The 500

The CyArk 500 Challenge is CyArk's ambitious goal to digitally preserve 500 cultural heritage sites within the next five years. CyArk and its partners are on a mission to save these cultural heritage sites digitally before more are ravaged by war, terrorism, arson, urban sprawl, climate change, earthquakes, floods, and other threats.


Heritage sites are a significant part of our collective memory and we are losing them at an alarming rate.

3D laser scanning and other advanced technologies are available today and allow us to preserve and experience these incredible places in a way previously impossible. Now is the time for us to take advantage of these technologies and the change they enable to save these priceless treasures.

CyArk has already completed 40 projects toward its goal of 500. These sites, called the Exemplar Projects, include Pompeii, Babylon, Mt. Rushmore, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Titanic, the Sydney Opera House and, most recently, the Tower of London.


CyArk invites members of the heritage community to submit sites for consideration to be included in the CyArk 500. Interested governments, organizations and individuals are asked to submit a letter of interest. Submissions will be evaluated by the CyArk 500 Advisory Council for selection as part of the 500.

Letters that pass the initial review will be asked to submit a formal application for review by the Advisory Council. Selected sites may be eligible to receive digital preservation funding through the CyArk 500 Fund.

Advisory Council

Future projects comprising the CyArk 500 will be evaluated for inclusion by the CyArk Advisory Council, chaired by Gustavo Araoz, president of the International Council of Monuments and Sites.

Gustavo Araoz

Council Chair
President, ICOMOS International

Gustavo F. Araoz has focused his career on heritage conservation from an architectural private practice, academia, and institutional management. After serving two terms as Vice President of ICOMOS, he was elected its President in 2008. His private practice has included work on sites all over the United States and internationally, including several World Heritage Sites. A frequent international lecturer, Mr. Araoz was in charge of the conservation studio of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Program in Historic Preservation for six years. From 1995 to 2009, he was Executive Director of US/ICOMOS. He served on the Architectural Conservation Advisory Board of the Getty Foundation, the ICOMOS World Heritage Panel and in two selection panels of the World Monuments Watch. He chaired the Panel on International Participation at the US Preserve America Summit convened by the White House in 2006. Mr. Araoz holds a bachelor of architecture from the Catholic University of America, a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from Georgetown, and an architectural conservation certificate from the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico.
Francesco Bandarin
Professor of Urban Planning and Urban Conservation , University Institute of Architecture of Venice, Italy

Mr. Bandarin served as the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre for 10 years before being promoted to the Assistant Director-General for Culture at UNESCO. He has worked in both public and private institutions in the fields of built heritage, cultural heritage conservation, environmental heritage and cultural events, as well as architectural and urban design in developing countries. As Director of the World Heritage Centre, Mr. Bandarin has led the development of a vast network of public private partnerships for World Heritage conservation. He is currently Professor of Urban Planning and Urban Conservation at the University Institute of Architecture of Venice, Italy.
Sheridan Burke
Director, Godden MacKay Logan

Sheridan Burke, Partner, is a conservation planner with 30 years' experience in cultural resource management. Her experience includes conservation planning, asset management, cultural tourism interpretation and museum management. Sheridan was formerly the Senior Curator, Manager Property Operations, at the Historic Houses Trust of NSW and a senior policy specialist with the Heritage Council of NSW. She has been the international vice president of ICOMOS and acts as an expert advisor to the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO. She is president of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Twentieth Century Heritage, manages GML's Defense portfolio work and heads up GML's Canberra Office.
Bonnie Burnham
President, World Monuments Fund

Bonnie Burnham is president of World Monuments Fund and has led its international historic preservation work since 1985, when she joined the organization as Executive Director. Previously she served from 1975 to 1985 as executive director of the International Foundation for Art Research. Ms. Burnham is an expert in the protection and preservation of cultural heritage. She holds degrees in the history of art from the University of Florida and the Université de Paris-Sorbonne. Ms. Burnham has been honored as a Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters, is a Distinguished Alumna of the College of Fine Arts of the University of Florida, and is the first recipient of its Beinecke-Reeves Distinguished Achievement Award in Historic Preservation. She holds an honorary doctorate from Florida Southern College.
Christina Cameron
Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage, University of Montreal

Christina Cameron took up her present position as a Professor at the University of Montreal School of Architecture in 2005, and holds the Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage at the university. She has been actively involved in World Heritage as Head of delegation for Canada (1990-2008), Chairperson (1990, 2008) and Rapporteur (1989). She has chaired international expert meetings on strategic planning (1990-1992), historic canals (1994), a global strategy for a representative World Heritage List (1994), cultural landscapes (1998), working methods (1999-2000) and a proposal to establish a World Heritage Indigenous Peoples Council of Experts (2000-2001). Prior to her appointment at the University of Montreal, Christina Cameron's career as a heritage executive with Parks Canada spanned more than thirty-five years. As Director General of National Historic Sites, she provided national direction for Canada's historic places, focusing on heritage conservation and education programs. She also served as the Secretary to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada from 1986 to 2005. She received in 2006 the Public Service of Canada's Award of Excellence for Outstanding Career and in 2008 the Outstanding Achievement Award, the highest recognition of the Public Service of Canada. She has written extensively since the 1970s on Canadian architecture, heritage management and World Heritage issues. She has served as a member of the Getty Conservation Institute's conservation grants committee and a Getty-sponsored international project on values-based management of heritage sites. She is Vice-President of Canada's Advisory Committee on Official Residences, a member of the Board of the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts, and Vice-President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Her research focuses on the changing notion of built heritage and the implications of this evolution on heritage theories, processes and practice at the local, national and international level. Specifically, she is documenting the origins and early implementation of UNESCO's World Heritage Convention and examining conservation approaches in Canada from 1950 to 2000.
Edward Impey
Director General of Royal Armouries, English Heritage

Edward Impey joined the Royal Armouries in October of 2013 as Director General. Since 2002, he had worked for English Heritage, first as Director of Research and Standards, then as Director of Conservation and Protection, and since November 2011 as Director of Heritage Protection and Planning. Before 2002 Edward worked as Curator for Historic Royal Palaces. His interests, expertise and publications cover aspects of history, architecture, archaeology and conservation. The Heritage Protection and Planning Group is responsible for protecting and advising on the historic environment across the country. Crucial to this is Designation - identifying assets of special interest and advising Government on their statutory protection through Listing, Scheduling or Registration. Closely linked to this is the management of change to the historic environment, largely through advising Local Authorities and developers on proposed changes to high-grade designated assets (Listed Building Consent, related processes, and the resolution of risk (HAR). Binding these together is the development and implementation of the National Heritage Protection Plan, which sets out how English Heritage will deploy its own resources and expertise in identifying, understanding and addressing threats to the country's most significant heritage, whilst working ever more closely with the historic environment sector.
Rohit Jigyasu
UNESCO Chair Professor, Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University

Rohit Jigyasu is a conservation architect and risk management consultant from India, currently working as UNESCO Chair professor at the Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan and Senior Advisor to the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS). He is member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS and president of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP). Rohit has been teaching as the visiting faculty at several national and international academic institutions in India and abroad. Rohit has also been consultant to several national and international organizations like Archaeological Survey of India, National Institute of Disaster Management, UNESCO, ICCROM and the Getty Conservation Institute for conducting research and training on Cultural Heritage Risk Management. He has contributed to several international publications and is the author of the World Heritage Resource Manual on "Managing Disaster Risks for World Heritage" published by UNESCO, ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN and recently published 'Training Guide on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Urban Areas'.
Patrick Martin
Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology, Michigan Tech University

Patrick Martin is an anthropological archaeologist who is focused on the study of the physical remains of industrialization. His career at Michigan Tech as a Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology has involved a combination of field and laboratory research for a wide variety of sponsors with the development of a graduate program in industrial archaeology. In addition, he has served as the Executive Secretary for the Society for Industrial Archaeology and for several years as Editor of IA, The Journal of the SIA. In recent years, he has increasingly moved beyond fundamental archaeological research towards questions of heritage interpretation, especially on the international level. In this context, he currently serves as the President of the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage, an international body affiliated with UNESCO through the International Council on Monuments and Sites.
David Mitchell
Director of Conservation, Historic Scotland

As Director of Conservation at Historic Scotland since 2008, David Mitchell's responsibilities include technical and scientific research and innovation, technical education, traditional materials and skills, climate change and applied conservation. He has responsibility for the ongoing conservation and maintenance of the 345 properties in the care of Scottish Ministers with a technical team of 400 people spread across the country. And, as a member of the Historic Scotland Board, David is heavily involved in the management and steering of the agency. His academic background is in earth sciences and conservation, with his specialist areas of expertise relating to traditional building materials and industrial heritage in particular. He has also recently completed his PhD on the Scottish Architectural Iron founding industry. Before joining Historic Scotland in 2002 he was Managing Director of Heritage Engineering, specialising in the conservation of industrial heritage. David is also a founding Trustee of the Scottish Ironwork Foundation and former Chair of the Scottish Industrial Heritage Society.
Laura Page
Arts and Education Initiatives Analyst, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Laura Page is a cultural policy professional with a range of experience studying and promoting cultural heritage, at both the domestic and international levels. Upon graduation from Stanford University (B.A., Music Composition and French Studies), Laura worked at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation, where she developed a passion for international cultural policy. She went on to earn master's degrees from the University of Chicago in both Cultural and Public Policy, and served as a research assistant at the University's Cultural Policy Center. Laura has worked in public policy throughout her career, including directing programs for the State of Illinois. In her current role as the Arts & Educational Initiatives Analyst of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), Laura works on the development side of cultural heritage, helping facilitate the creation of new cultural treasures for the city. As the agency's liaison with the San Francisco Arts Commission, Laura manages the Civic Design Review process for construction of new SFPUC properties to meet standards for excellence in architectural design, and oversees the agency's 2% for Arts program, which funds public art and arts enrichment activities.