About CollectiveAccess

CollectiveAccess is open-source collections management and presentation software designed for museums, archives, and special collections. As it is highly flexible and easily customized, it is also increasingly used by libraries, non-profits, private collectors, artist studios, performing arts organizations and other groups around the world. At its core, CollectiveAccess is a relational database that enables complex cataloging, powerful searching and browsing and nuanced web-based collection discovery.

CollectiveAccess is a collaboration between Whirl-i-Gig, a New York-based development team, and partner institutions in North America and Europe with projects in 5 continents.

Project Team

Seth Kaufman, Lead Developer

Maria Passarotti, Senior Developer

Sophie Byerley, Developer

Michael Benowitz, Developer

Julia Weist, Senior Consultant

Jonathan Byerley, Senior Consultant

Catherine Lillie, Project Manager

Kai Kaufman, Junior Developer


Contact Us

General Enquiries


+1 510 962 5640 (-5 hours GMT)


Consulting Services



Technical Collaboration





Technical Questions: please post to our support forum so that everyone can benefit

Technical Documentation: find answers on the project wiki

Report Bugs: post an issue on our tracker


Thanks to:

JetBrains For providing us with free licenses for their fine PHPStorm, RubyMine and Intellij IDEA IDE products. We use them every day!

Blackfire For providing us with free access to their excellent PHP application profiling service.