​LYRASIS is proud to serve as the organizational home for two innovative and vital open source software communities – ArchivesSpace and CollectionSpace​. As the organizational home, LYRASIS invests staff, technology and financial support to help sustain the communities. We also collaborate with the open source programs to increase implementations and membership, improve community participation in governance, strengthen the software’s usability and create partnerships with key organizations and members.​

​What does LYRASIS provide as Organizational Home to CollectionSpace?​​

  • Stability from a partnership with a long-standing non-profit

  • Strong Fiscal and Administrative Infrastructure from expert financial, human resources and communications professionals

  • Increased promotion through LYRASIS membership engagement, both to members and the wider community

  • Collaborative work with LYRASIS Open Source and Community Supported Software experts

  • Support from the LYRASIS Hosting Services Group including code contributions, documentation and training

  • Grant assistance and exposure to new grant opportunities through the LYRASIS Grants and Partnerships Program​​

​​CollectionSpace is a free, open-source collections management application that meets the needs of museums, historical societies, biological collections, and other collections-holding organizations. CollectionSpace is designed to be configurable to each organization’s needs, serving as a gateway to digital and physical assets across an institution. The software is distributed via the ECLv2 license, and an active developer community ensures that CollectionSpace is continually improving. Our dynamic software is comprised of a suite of modules and services that serves as a flexible core of collections information from which interpretive materials and experiences – from printed catalogs to mobile gallery guides – may be efficiently developed. The extensible architecture allows it to be connected with other open-source applications already in use by the arts, humanities, and life sciences sectors including those for archival management, flora and fauna research, online exhibition creation, and digital asset management.

CollectionSpace was developed by a network of North America and European partner organizations led by Museum of the Moving Image in New York, which originated the project, and the University of California, Berkeley. The program continues to be generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For more information about our commitment to open source projects, please click here.