Open Source Collections
 Management Software

       Seth Kaufman
What is it?
Collections management software for museums
and archives.
Collections presentation software providing
framewor...
Two Versions
Version 0.5x (current version=0.55)
  Currently available
  Originally named OpenCollection
  First deployed ...
0.5x Features
Entirely web-based.
Integrated digital asset management - support
for many media and document formats.
Exten...
Improvements in 0.6
Localization: user interface can be in many languages.
Multilingual cataloguing: all fields support tra...
Improvements in 0.6
Overhauled user interface: fewer clicks, easier navigation.
Uses shiny new browser features that weren...
Better Public Access in 0.6
 Faceted browsing: browse collections with selective filtering.
 Ala http://www.lost-films.eu/fil...
Open Source?
All software is free to download and use. There is no
commercial aspect to the project.
GNU Public License ve...
History
Project began in 2003 by Whirl-i-Gig, with roots in web-
based cataloguing systems developed in the 1990’s.
First ...
Selected users
Royal Museum for Central Africa, Brussels
Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin
Center for Biodiversity Conservation,...
Types of collections
Fine Art
Film
Technology
Architectural design archives
Costumes and clothing
Anthropology/ethnographi...
Support
Whirl-i-Gig’s work on CA directly funded by
users - all developed code is contractually
covered by the GPL.
Indire...
Overarching goals
Develop broad-based international user
community.
Establish CA as a viable platform for the widest
pract...
Thank you!



        Questions or comments?

         Contact: Seth Kaufman
      (seth@CollectiveAccess.org)

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Collective Access - Open Source Collections Management Software
Collective Access - Open Source Collections Management Software
Collective Access - Open Source Collections Management Software
Collective Access - Open Source Collections Management Software
Collective Access - Open Source Collections Management Software
Collective Access - Open Source Collections Management Software
Collective Access - Open Source Collections Management Software
Collective Access - Open Source Collections Management Software
Collective Access - Open Source Collections Management Software
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Seth Kaufman's presentation at the AMIA OpenSource Solutions meeting, February 2, 2009 at WGBH Boston

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Collective Access - Open Source Collections Management Software

  1. 1. Open Source Collections Management Software Seth Kaufman
  2. 2. What is it? Collections management software for museums and archives. Collections presentation software providing framework for web and kiosk applications; includes media clients such as a high-resolution image viewer and audio/video player, and can transcode video & audio formats. A collaboration between Whirl-i-Gig and partner institutions in N.America & Europe. Freely available under the open source GNU Public License (GPL).
  3. 3. Two Versions Version 0.5x (current version=0.55) Currently available Originally named OpenCollection First deployed in 2004 In use at 25+ sites (that we know of) worldwide Version 0.6/1.0 (aka. “Providence”) Expected release in first half of 2009 Addresses many of the limitations of the 0.5x model the were exposed in 4+ years of real- world use in a variety of settings
  4. 4. 0.5x Features Entirely web-based. Integrated digital asset management - support for many media and document formats. Extensive support for authority lists and controlled vocabularies. Configurable (but limited) support for metadata standards. Direct web-presence with CA-Access. Georeferencing/GIS support. Can run on Linux/Unix, Mac OS X and Windows servers.
  5. 5. Improvements in 0.6 Localization: user interface can be in many languages. Multilingual cataloguing: all fields support translation into multiple languages. No longer object-centric: object and authority items (people, geographic places, events, film productions) can be given equal importance in the user interface. Configurable schema: all fields are now configurable. No more hardcoded fields. Compound fields: configurable fields can be composed of many values, each having a specific type (eg. text, date range, number, predefined pick-list, type-ahead lookup into an authority or web- service). This makes PBCore support possible. Pre-configured standards: Can be automatically configured to support various metadata schemes via configuration profiles. Initial support for PBCore, DublinCore, CEN/TC-372, CA 0.5x compatibility mode and a selection of use-specific custom schemas (eg. location-based photo archive, documentary archive, exhibition archive). You can write your own.
  6. 6. Improvements in 0.6 Overhauled user interface: fewer clicks, easier navigation. Uses shiny new browser features that weren’t available in 2003-2004 when the 0.5x UI was designed. New media types: adding built-in support for image formats such as DPX (digital projection). “Pluggable” search engine: can use any back-end search engine for which a plug-in has been written. Five engines are being developed for the first release: PHP Lucene, Apache SOLR, Sphinx, MySQL FullText and MySQL inverted index. New engine can be employed without having to rewrite the core application. Extensibility: support for implementation of custom plugins for parsing and transforming media; user authentication; new value types for fields (eg. custom web-service lookups); generation of accession/id numbers; hooks into UI for additional functionality; file storage API (planned) to allow for Fedora support.
  7. 7. Better Public Access in 0.6 Faceted browsing: browse collections with selective filtering. Ala http://www.lost-films.eu/films. User-provided content: support for user tagging, commenting and submission of resources. Improved time-based media presentation: new Flash-based media player provides display of time-based cataloguing during playback and can display synchronized media (eg. images during an audio interview). Curated sets: tools for creating ordered, annotated sets of objects or authority items and presenting these sets as slideshows, timelines and maps. Tours: tools for creating location-based “tours” of collections. All of these features are being developed for existing public access projects and will be open-sourced by their sponsors.
  8. 8. Open Source? All software is free to download and use. There is no commercial aspect to the project. GNU Public License version 2 (GPLv2): do what you want with the software. Forever. Source code is included: Gives you the freedom and ability to modify the software to suit your needs. Software can never orphaned as user community has the means (source code and legal rights) to fix bugs and maintain compatibility. GPLv2 gives you the right to distribute your modifications so long as source code is included.
  9. 9. History Project began in 2003 by Whirl-i-Gig, with roots in web- based cataloguing systems developed in the 1990’s. First users start working in 2005. February 2007: first public release. November 2008: Name change from OpenCollection to CollectiveAccess. Today: 25 institutional users (that we know about). February 2009: First five sites begin using 0.6 for work. Include two film archives, a “digital memory” project, a catalogue raisonné and an archive documenting the physical remains of the World Trade Center in NY. Summer 2009: First public release of 0.6
  10. 10. Selected users Royal Museum for Central Africa, Brussels Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin Center for Biodiversity Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York Northeast Historic Film, Buckport, ME. The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY The Frick Collection, New York Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York National Museum of Women Artists, Washington, D.C. Hansen’s Snobliz, New Orleans, LA
  11. 11. Types of collections Fine Art Film Technology Architectural design archives Costumes and clothing Anthropology/ethnographic collections Biodiversity conservation (field photographs) Oral history Exhibition asset management Corporate archives Photography Historical societies
  12. 12. Support Whirl-i-Gig’s work on CA directly funded by users - all developed code is contractually covered by the GPL. Indirect funding through our related work in cultural heritage and the natural sciences. Indirect support from Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, IMLS, NEH, NEA, the New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs through project partners.
  13. 13. Overarching goals Develop broad-based international user community. Establish CA as a viable platform for the widest practical range of uses in as many locales as possible. Develop support infrastructure: net-based community support as well as local consultants. Establish productive collaborations with complementary projects.
  14. 14. Thank you! Questions or comments? Contact: Seth Kaufman (seth@CollectiveAccess.org) For more information on CollectiveAccess: http://www.CollectiveAccess.org

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