CollectionSpace is used to manage the day-to-day operations of a diverse group of museums and municipalities, universities and historical societies, herbaria and botanical gardens. We’re more than a CMS, we’re a community. Current users include:

Aquarian Tabernacle Church • Birthplace of Country Music • Boston Athenaeum • Boston Public Library • Bremen Museum • Center for Creative Photography • Center of Southwest Studies, Ft. Lewis College • Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum • Columbia University • Fabric Workshop and Museum • Harvard University Graduate School of Design • Lancaster Public Art • Litchfield Historical Society • McGill University • Mural Arts Philadelphia • Museum of Making Music • Museum of the Moving Image, New York • National Videogame Museum (UK) • Oakland Museum of California • OCAD University • Ohio History Connection • Pacific Bonsai Museum • The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology • Plimoth Plantation • Popular Culture Museum of New Jersey • Queens Museum • Reno Public Art •  Rhode Island School of Design • State of New Jersey • Texas Tech University Public Art System • Tsai Foundation • UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, California • The University and Jepson Herbaria, California • University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley • University of Hong Kong • • University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum • Western States Arts Federation • Alex Nowik and Willi Wolf, California


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Community Collection Spotlight Webinars

The LYRASIS and CollectionSpace Community Collections Spotlights are a series of webinars highlighting the way organizations are using open source software to evolve collections management practices, improve visitor experience, increase productivity and efficiency, and adhere to standards and best practices to increase financial and operational support for collections activities.

Material Order Consortium

The Material Order Consortium is a collaboration among the libraries of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Parsons School of Design. Each of these schools manages a collection of “design materials” – materials used by architects, designers, and artists in their work. The core goal of the consortium is to provide a community and standards-based approach to describing and managing materials collections.

This webinar features speakers from the consortium, and its engagement with CollectionSpace. The speakers talk about the common needs and benefits that brought the different design materials-holding institutions together, and how they worked together to: create a shared controlled vocabulary for materials; define the standard for describing design materials and create a CollectionSpace profile to support that standard; and fund a shared public collections browser.

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Exploring CollectionSpace at UC Berkeley

This webinar features speakers discussing the myriad ways CollectionSpace is used at the museums and specimen collections of the University of California, Berkeley. The speakers will talk about the common needs and benefits that brought the museums together, the way the campus governance council has facilitated the process, and the new enhancements that the Berkeley team has created and contributed back to benefit the larger CollectionSpace community.

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Exploring the Public Art Archive

We have hosted several webinars featuring the Public Art Archive CMS, a collections management system built specifically for the public art field, developed in partnership with CollectionSpace and the Public Art Archive (PAA), a project sponsored by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and dedicated to providing technology tools and resources to the public art field.

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Using CollectionSpace and Mukurtu

This webinar features the Ohio History Connection's (OHC's) work in cataloging and providing tribal access to NAGPRA-eligible collections. In 2018, OHC received a two-year grant to migrate NAGPRA catalog records, previously housed in a homegrown Access database, into CollectionSpace and to provide federally-recognized tribes with access to the records in order to facilitate consultation and repatriation efforts. OHC worked with LYRASIS to build out fields in order to support catalog records for human remains and associated funerary objects. They selected Mukurtu as the interface for sharing records, and worked with LYRASIS to map and build a report to export records from CSpace into Mukurtu.

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Data Migrations with The Breman

Data migrations can be intimidating for everyone, but there are ways to think about and organize them that can make them more likely to succeed. This discussion session featured two panelists: Jeremy Katz from the Breman Museum, who recently completed a collections management system migration, and Kristina Spurgin, data migration specialist at LYRASIS. Jeremy speaks about the process from the perspective of a museum professional, including highlighting the methods and practices that worked best during the Breman’s migration. Kristina has worked with a wide variety of data and systems during her career and speaks more broadly about some of the challenges and potential pitfalls of data migrations, as well as strategies she has employed to make the process more transparent, auditable, and safe.

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The CollectionSpace program team uses the TALK listserv is for discussion and peer support among CollectionSpace implementers, and between implementers and the CollectionSpace development team. The Talk list can be used for your installation questions, bug reports, configuration and customization questions, sharing contributions and best practices with others, and making feature requests. Anyone wishing to evaluate CollectionSpace for possible use is also encouraged to join this list. Follow this link to view the archives of the TALK list.