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Web-based, open-source collections management software for museums and more ...

CollectionSpace is a web-based, open source collections management and information system for museums and other collecting institutions. You can use it to manage your museum's cataloging, acquisitions, loans, and many other activities.


If you're evaluating or implementing a CollectionSpace system, you can find readily navigable links to the currently available documentation in the left sidebar, as well as top-level links below.

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Release Notes

Changes you'll need to make when upgrading to version 4.2

Starting with version 4.2, due to an upgrade of one of its components, CollectionSpace expects that, in the accounts_tenants table of the cspace database, the column formerly named TENANTS_ACCOUNTSCOMMON_CSID will have been changed to a new name, TENANTS_ACCOUNTS_COMMON_CSID (i.e. with an underscore added between ACCOUNTS and COMMON.) As a result, you'll need to rename that column in your database to reflect this changed expectation.

(Note: if you've instance-qualified your CollectionSpace server, the name of the cspace database might include an instance ID suffix and thus its name may look something like cspace_myinstancename. If so, be sure to substitute that name for each instance of cspace in the instructions below.)

If you plan to continue to use your existing cspace database after upgrading to v4.2 - and you will want to do that under nearly all circumstances - you'll need to - just once - rename that column by sending two short commands to PostgreSQL.  To do so, connect to your PostgreSQL database server using either a graphical client or the command line psql client; log in via an account with administrative privileges, such as CollectionSpace's csadmin account or the default postgres account (if the latter is present); and then:

Connect to the cspace database:

Rename this column in the appropriate database table:

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Release Notes for version 4.2

Release Notes for all versions

System Requirements

In System Requirements, you can find the system requirements for running a CollectionSpace system, as well as a list of supported web browsers for accessing your system.

Using CollectionSpace

If you are new to CollectionSpace, you can get a good sense of how it works from the demo available on the CollectionSpace website.

The User Manual describes how to use CollectionSpace 4.1's features to manage your collections. This manual also provides a useful overview of CollectionSpace's basic feature set.

Installing CollectionSpace

CollectionSpace is installed on a server and accessed using a web browser. No software needs to be installed on your users' computers.

You can find general server installation instructions that apply to all supported environments in Installing CollectionSpace, as well as detailed instructions for several specific platforms.

Configuring CollectionSpace

If you are an implementer or consultant, you can adapt CollectionSpace for the specific needs of your museum or client via the documentation in Configuring CollectionSpace.

The documentation in Configuring CollectionSpace focuses on configuration: changing the behavior and the look and feel of the system by making changes via web-based Administration pages and by editing text files: HTML templates, CSS stylesheets, XML- and JSON-based configuration files, and properties files.

To learn about customization - extending the system's functionality by working with the system's Java and JavaScript source code or adding code of your own - please see Developing for CollectionSpace.

Maintaining CollectionSpace

Once you have your deployment up and running, you'll want to take care of it. In Maintaining CollectionSpace, you'll find both operational suggestions and troubleshooting techniques.

Upgrading CollectionSpace

If you have an older version of CollectionSpace and want to upgrade it to a newer version, Upgrading CollectionSpace provides pertinent tips.

Migrating to CollectionSpace

When you want to migrate your existing data into a CollectionSpace system, Migrating to CollectionSpace can help you do this.

Developing for CollectionSpace

If you are building or integrating applications or scripts that talk to CollectionSpace systems, or are a CollectionSpace software developer, integrator, or implementer who wishes to extend the system's capabilities by working with its source code, you can find documentation on these topics in Developing for CollectionSpace. This topic area includes details about CollectionSpace's Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

Hosting CollectionSpace

If you're hosting multiple CollectionSpace systems, whether in-house or as a service provider, Hosting CollectionSpace can help you find resources relevant to this task.

Reference Information

Reference Information provides supporting information and requirements for CollectionSpace, and includes general documents that are referenced from across two or more of the topic areas above.

Documentation Feedback

Many documentation additions and updates are planned. Please feel free to comment on the CollectionSpace project's Talk Mailing List if you have suggestions for improving current documentation, or if there is documentation you would like to see in the future.

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  1. In the Configuring CollectionSpace section, a reviewer added this note:

    Need to elaborate on difference between developer and implementer documentation. Need to clarify not just what we mean by dev vs. implementer, but also when someone might want to use one set of documentation over the other (because they're not exclusive distinctions).