Open Access Database

One of the aims of EWAP is to create a long-term open-access digital repository hosting documentation of endangered wooden architecture recorded from around the world. The data presented are collected by different organisations from around the world. Each project deposits a curated sample of data representative of the structures under survey. Additional files and raw data are held by the Host Institution in a separate archive. Consent is collected for any data that includes a person's name, likeness, image, voice, words and/or physical appearance in the recordings and/or documents.

EWAP Archive

The Endangered Wooden Architecture Programme archive has been developed using Arches, an open-source data management platform, that allows free and open online access to the architectural information generated by the programme. Please read the Terms of Use below before using.

EWAP Architectural Glossary of Terms

In order to standardise the metadata linked to the structures archived in Arches, a set of key terms were created. You can download this for free. 

An Illustrated Glossary of Wooden Architecture

Terms of use

Acceptance of terms

Please read the terms carefully before using the Arches archive. By using Arches, you have accepted these Terms of Use (“TOU”). The Endangered Wooden Architecture Programme (EWAP) may update the TOU at any time and will be displayed on this website.

Data protection

Unless otherwise stated in the database all content is under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. Under the terms you must:

  • give appropriate credit , provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made . You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • You may NOT use the material for commercial purposes.
  • If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

Rights and ownership / statement of purpose

The content of this website (digital records, spatial data, videos, photographs, 3D visualizations, and reference materials) has been prepared by external organizations as part of the cultural grants programme led by Endangered Wooden Architecture Programme (EWAP), at Oxford Brookes University, and funded by Arcadia, a charitable foundation that works to protect nature, preserve cultural heritage and promote open access to knowledge.

It is intended as a resource for scholars, students, heritage management professionals, NGOs and local communities. All EWAP digital documentation is available open-access, and any use of it should acknowledge the project website as its source.


EWAP takes the greatest possible care to ensure the correctness, completeness and timeliness of the information on its website, but it may contain inaccuracies and omissions and any reliance on the material on this website is at the user’s own discretion and risk.

Some images may be edited, either cropped or using programmes like Photoshop to remove people or objects. The architecture itself will not be manipulated. Other touch-ups such as lightening the image may also occur. 

This website may contain certain historical information. EWAP has no obligation to update any information on this website.

EWAP reserves the right to withdraw the database website at any time and without warning.

EWAP was established in 2021 with funding from Arcadia, a charitable foundation that works to protect nature, preserve cultural heritage and promote open access to knowledge.