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Link to Collective access


CollectiveAccess is a highly configurable cataloguing tool and web-based application for museums, archives and digital collections. Available free of charge under the GPL open-source license. It supports:

  • A variety of metadata standards - It supports most metadata standards through straightforward configuration. Out-of-the-box support is available for several popular standards including DublinCore, PBCore and SPECTRUM. The configuration library contains a variety of user-contributed configurations for common use-cases. You can use a configuration as-is, or as a starting point for a system tailored precisely to your needs.
  • External data sources and repositories, as well as most popular media formats. Access the Library of Congress Subject Headings or Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus (in English or Dutch) for descriptive cataloguing. Or use GoogleMaps, GoogleEarth or GeoNames for geospatial cataloguing. CollectiveAccess can also integrate with external digital repository systems such as Fedora and IRODS.
  • In addition to multilingual cataloguing facilities, it allows publication of this data in the languages of your choice.


Here are provided few screen shots from museums' collection spaces, created with Collective Access.

Parrish Collection

Royal Museum for Central Africa

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