CollectiveAccess version 1.3 is composed of a core cataloguing and data management application called Providence and an optional public web-access application called Pawtucket. (Other optional applications are coming later in 2013 - see the roadmap for details). If you are starting out with CollectiveAccess, your first download should be Providence, which provides all of the "back-end" cataloguing and data management functionality you'll need to manage a collection.
Once you have a working Providence installation, you can publish your collection online using Pawtucket. Pawtucket is a generalized version of the software that runs Wir Waren So Frei, GVSU Art Gallery Online and other public collections sites.
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. The packages include all of the
basic prerequisites and a pre-configured DublinCore-based installation of CollectiveAccess. It includes both the Providence cataloguing application and Pawtucket publishing interface. Just download to you computer, unpack
and click on the start button. Easy!
Note: QuickStart packages are intended for single-user evaluation only. If you plan to use CollectiveAccess for a real project it is strongly recommended that you install the standard application packages on appropriate server hardware