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The CollectionSpace Project team uses an IRC channel on Freenode for "live" (real-time) collaborative discussions. Anyone interested in the project is welcome to join the channel and participate in the discussions.

Participating in the discussions

To participate in the discussions on this IRC channel:

  1. Get an IRC client.
    IRC Client for Mac: Colloquy
    IRC Client for PC: Pidgin (see the comment near the bottom of this wiki page for setup instrucitons)
  2. Configure your IRC client to connect to:
    • Server:
    • Port: 6667 (i.e. the most commonly used IRC port, by convention)
    • Channel (aka Room): #collectionspace

Keeping up with live discussions

To read live (current) IRC discussions, without an IRC client:

  1. Visit
  2. Click the link with today's date
  3. Refresh that page, as needed, to view new entries

Reading older discussions

To read older (archived) IRC discussions, without an IRC client:

  1. Visit; or
  2. View the archived IRC channel logs here on the CollectionSpace wiki.

About logging of the IRC channel

The IRC channel is logged regularly by a 'bot':

freenode channel #collectionspace is actively being logged and all chat logs are posted to this wiki!


Logs are maintained by an internal instance of Jibble logbot. Proper notification of channel logging is given at time of entering #collectionspace.

For details about how this logging is set up, see CSPACE-6408.

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  1. To get into the IRC using Pidgin:

    Once you’ve downloaded/installed Pidgin, open it up (it usually appears on the lower right corner of my desktop, the icon is a little white square with a green circle over it). This will open your “Buddy List.” From there, go to the menu Accounts > Manage Accounts. Once there, select “Add” and choose “IRC” from the Protocol dropdown. The server is – you might have to include a username and password.

    Once you’ve added that account, go back to your buddy list and go to Buddies > Join a Chat. Select your username from the Account dropdown, and enter #collectionspace into the room name. Your handle is what you’ll be seen as in the room. Select join, and you should be in.