Accomplishment: Led CollectionSpace Deployment projects for multiple campus museums
The Informatics Services team led efforts to deploy CollectionSpace, the open source collection management system, for multiple campus museums. Worked closely with the Architecture and Design team and the broader CollectionSpace project to ground truth the principles of CollectionSpace.
The Informatics Services team delivered the following:
The CollectionSpace project will provide a common, scalable solution for managing museum and research collections across the campus, and eventually across the system. This replaces a number of aging systems based upon obsolete technologies, and that require considerable overhead to support and maintain. It adds significant new functionality, provides accessible web-based interfaces, and leverages current enterprise technologies for security and stability. The deployment work accomplished by IST demonstrates that CollectionSpace can provide a sustainable platform for managing, protecting and promoting campus collections, widely recognized as vital assets for education, research, and public service.
CollectionSpace deployment projects have near term impact on a broad array of campus collections:
Discussions are being held with other collections stakeholders on campus and throughout California. In addition to production implementations of CollectionSpace, work in the next year will focus on developing a Software as a Service offering based on CollectionSpace.
This project represents a considerable strategic accomplishment in aligning many campus collections on a single sustainable strategy. These deployments are part of a larger community effort to share templates, tools, and experiences to provide better tools with a more sustainable model. Because UC Berkeley leads efforts to deploy CollectionSpace, we are also contributing to the broader multi-institutional, open source, community source CollectionSpace project.