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Title:Collective Access: An essential tool
Author(s):Applegate, Kelly J.
Cataloging tools
Open source software
Community archives
Abstract:CollectiveAccess is a collaborative born software project developed by Whirl-i-Gig, a New York-based development team. The program is a robust and flexible cataloging platform that is a highly customizable, open-source, software package for managing and publishing archival and museum collections. There are two main components of CollectiveAccess. The “back-end,” Providence, is a data management application and cataloging interface, and Pawtucket, an optional "front-end" publication that can be used for access and discovery. Providence provides a relationship-based approach to cataloging that allows users to construct complex associations among multiple item types. The back-end also comes with advanced display and reporting tools, and batch importing and editing abilities. As the software’s website page states: “superior media-handling and more enable users to catalogue almost anything. For publicly accessible collections, Pawtucket offers the web presentation tools that can bring an archive to light.” (, n.d.) Put more simply, CollectiveAccess is a digital asset management system that an organization can use to build a variety of different types of websites, but specifically focused on websites to display things such as online catalogues, libraries, audiovisual production and broadcast footage, and other special collections.
Issue Date:2016
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Kelly J. Applegate
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-08-25

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