CollectiveAccess is free open-source software for managing and publishing museum and archival collections.

  • Runs on any modern web browser
  • Pre-configured with several library standards including Dublin Core, PBCore, VRA Core and more
  • Customizable through simple user interfaces — no complex programming required
  • Reporting tools easily generate finding aids and exports to PDF or spreadsheet-readable formats
  • Supports multilingual cataloging
  • Mapping tools allow you to georeference any asset
  • Integrated with Library of Congress subject headings, Getty vocabularies, GeoNames, and more
  • Plugins extend the software's core functionality to support timelines, visualizations, image licensing and more
  • Import frameworks allow for the batch migration and transformation of media and data
  • Free online documentation and support
  • University of Michigan Museum of Art

    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • Manages an extensive collection of artwork spanning from 5,000 BCE to the present day
    • Supports loan tracking, exhibition management, conservation and inventory workflows
    • Features a linked-open-data tool kit for record creation and integration from Getty vocabularies
    • Feeds content to a Digital Humanities Learning Environment

    Image at left: James McNeill Whistler, Sea and Rain, 1865, oil on canvas. Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker. 1955/1.89

  • New York Society Library

    New York, NY
    • Showcases the early circulation records of NYC's first library and oldest cultural institution
    • Details the reading histories of political figures such as George Washington, John Jay and Aaron Burr
    • Includes a network of relationship records that describe social connections and circulation activities
    • Features a public website with dynamic information visualization tools
  • Smithsonian Channel

    Washington DC
    • Supports an ever-growing footage collection for production and broadcast 
    • Features robust clip-level logging and cataloging 
    • PB Core-compliant schema tracks Items, supporting materials, plus hierarchies from work to version 
    • Includes a researchers interface providing controlled access and discovery
  • Isamu Noguchi Catalog Raisonné

    Queens, NY
    • Archives 2,000 artworks spanning 80+ years
    • Includes 10,000 documentary photographs
    • Features a visual and textual artist's chronology
    • Supports a dynamic print catalogue automatically generated from digital catalogue data
    • Integrates data fed from a legacy commercial software system
  • New School Archives & Special Collections

    New York, NY
    • Presents a diverse collection of 2D, 3D and 4D items
    • Features classroom tools for sharing, commenting on and creating presentations with archival materials
    • Includes finding aids for collection-level research
    • Merges VRA Core, PBCore and DACS standards
  • CollectiveAccess version 1.6.2 is now available

    September 11, 2016

    Version 1.6.2 of CollectiveAccess Providence is up on Github
    This is a maintenance release. You can see a list of fixes here.

  • User Group Meeting

    August 31, 2016

    The next CollectiveAccess User Group Meeting will take place on September 19th, at the METRO Training Center. For more information and free registration, click here.

  • Forums

    Ask questions, share tips with the CollectiveAccess Community, and read announcements from the development team.
  • Wiki

    Get detailed information about set-up and configuration, get help with your cataloging, troubleshoot with our cookbook, and more.
  • Bug Tracker

    Log issues, submit feature requests and see detailed comments about ongoing development work.
  • Consulting

    Hire the CA development team to assist with systems implementation, data migration, custom site design and more.