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Contact the OCHRE Data Service


The OCHRE Data Service facilitates the use of the Online Cultural and Historical Research Environment worldwide to record, integrate, analyze, publish, and preserve cultural and historical information in all of its digital forms. Located in the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, we provide customized support for database projects in the humanities, social sciences, and beyond.

As a center of research devoted to the study of the Ancient Near East, the Oriental Institute has long been an environment where the collection, management, analysis, and preservation of cultural heritage is of the highest priority and held to the highest standard. It is no surprise, then, that the Oriental Institute is home to OCHRE—an innovative, integrative software system for managing data from the past, applying it to today’s research questions, and archiving it for future study.

The OCHRE Data Service is staffed by a team of research scholars, experienced technology professionals, and students trained in data entry, editing, and specialized photography. An international community of users at universities and other institutions holds the OCHRE Data Service accountable for providing services and features that satisfy the full cycle of data management from initial data acquisition through integration, analysis, publication, and long-term archiving and curation of the data.

To learn more, please contact one of our Research Database Specialists at ochre@uchicago.edu.

Launch OCHRE

Most users should choose the default version of OCHRE. If your computer has less than 4GB of RAM or has a high-resolution screen, click below to find an alternate version of OCHRE. Various color themes are also available; however, these require at least 4GB of RAM and 64-bit Java 8.

To launch the OCHRE program from a web browser, simply click the link below. This link downloads a jnlp (or jsp) file. Your browser may launch Java immediately. However, your browser may also ask if you wish to save the file. You can save the file and launch it as a separate action. If your browser does not know what to do with a “.jnlp” file you may need to associate this file type with “Java Web Start Launcher” using the browser’s file association feature.

Changes to the “look and feel” of the OCHRE interface are reflected in some built-in themes which are run from specific links from the menus below, but all startup links provide the same functionality.


Cross-platform Themes

Platform-specific Themes