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
  • 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
  • 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
    • Will feature a public website with dynamic information visualization tools
  • 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
  • Mattress Factory Active Archive

    Pittsburgh, PA
    • Documents 37 years of site-specific artwork
    • Includes over 15,000 images, AV assets, documents and anecdotes
    • Supports dynamic artist, exhibition and event browsing
    • Contains archival content and DACS-compliant collection records
    • Integrates lesson plans and educational resources
  • Metadata win!

    July 17, 2014

    The CA metadata team is thrilled that our work with the Smithsonian Channel was featured on the PBCore blog.

  • New METRO NYC User Group

    April 10, 2014

    We're very excited to announce the formation of a new NYC-based CollectiveAccess user group organized by the Metropolitan New York Library Council.  The group will meet on a quarterly basis at the METRO Training Center (57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10003).

  • 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.
  • Download CollectiveAccess to get started

    CollectiveAccess version 1.4 is composed of a core cataloguing and data management application called Providence and an optional public web-access application called Pawtucket.

    If you want to try out a full working CollectiveAccess Providence and Pawtucket installation on your Macintosh or Windows PC without the hassle of setting up a server try the Quickstart packages (coming soon).

    Visit the project wiki for installation instructions or read more about the packages here.