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
    • Will feature 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
  • Version 1.5 now available!

    June 11, 2015

    An exciting new version of CollectiveAccess is now available, with a number of new features and improvements!

  • CA User Group Meeting

    February 19, 2015

    Join us on Thursday, March 26th for another meeting of the CollectiveAccess Users Group, hosted by Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). It's a great way to meet CA developers, users and others interested in the project!

  • 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.