Configuration Library

Listed below are a selection of user-contributed installation profiles. Some are based on standards and some are completely custom; all were designed to meet the functional requirements of real-world projects. Even if none of the profiles in the library can be used "out-of-the-box" for your project, some may provide development ideas and useful points of departure for your own profile. Before attempting to decipher the profiles presented here be sure to familiarize yourself with the profile syntax, as described in the Building System Installation Profiles manual.

Note that the profiles listed here are not intended as exemplars of "good design." Many employ sub-optimal metadata and user interface structures in order to accommodate various legacy and project-specific requirements. They are presented merely as examples of how previous users have approached systems design for their particular discipline. Your mileage may vary.

To use a profile listed here with your copy of CollectiveAccess download the desired profile and copy it into the profiles/xml directory of the installer (Eg. /install/profiles/xml). After reloading the installer start page the newly installed profile should appear in the profiles drop-down menu.

We encourage you to contribute your own profiles to the library! The more profiles we can share, the easier it will be for new users to get started with CollectiveAccess. If you want to post your profile here contact us at


Historical Societies & Museums

Coney Island History Project, Brooklyn, NY, USA
An artifact and oral history database for a historical society
Metadata Standards: none
Object Types: documents, interviews, motion pictures, objects, photographs and postcards, with hierarchical sub-types
Occurrence Types: events, exhibitions, bibliographies

Limerick City Museum, Limerick, Ireland
A municipal museum collections catalogue.
Metadata Standards: none
Object Types: collection objects
Occurrence Types: exhibitions, publications

Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
A very complex profile addressing the challenges of documenting site-specfic and installation-based artwork
Metadata Standards: VRA Core, DACS
Object Types: artwork components, images, AV, documents, anecdotes, library resources, limited editions, web content
, with hierarchical sub-types
Occurrence Types: exhibitions, events

Queens Memory Project, Queens NY USA
A profile that combines elements of many different standards for a diverse collection of multimedia and oral histories.​
Metadata Standards: MARC, VRA Core
Object Types: maps, documents, news clippings, oral histories, wild sounds, images
Occurrence Types: exhibitions, events

Vancouver Maritime Museum Vancouver, BC, Canada
A mixed material maritime collection with integrated archival content
Metadata Standards: RAD
Object Types: collection objects, archival items
Occurrence Types: exhibitions

Institutional Archives & Special Collections

New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, NY, USA
Institutional archive for digital preservation of program documentation for an art museum
Metadata Standards: Dublin Core
Object Types: collections, datasets, events, images, interactive resources, moving images, physical objects, services, software, sounds, texts
Occurrence Types: exhibitions, public programs, education initiatives, publications

New School, New York, NY, USA
A mixed material digital archive including 2D, 3D and 4D special collections content.
Metadata Standards: VRA Core, PBCore, DACS
Object Types: collection objects
Occurrence Types: exhibitions, publications

National Folklore Archives Initiative, Columbus, OH, USA
This custom profile configures CA to act as a cataloging tool for multiple repositories with varying degrees of cataloging depth, and as a search tool for researchers. 
Metadata Standards: DACS
Object Types: multi-level collections, objects
Occurrence Types: repositories

New York Society Library, New York, NY, USA
This digital humanities configuration supports cataloging for data visualizations as well as special collections items.
Metadata Standards: DACS
Object Types: bibs, volumes, catalogs, institutional documents, ledgers and ledger pages
Occurrences: events

Moving Image Archives

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Hollywood, CA, USA
A development platform for preservation workflows for digital film
Metadata Standards: PBCore, PREMIS
Object Types: moving images, supporting assets
Occurrence Types: works

Appalshop, Whitesburg, KY, USA
A PBCore implementation for a film, video and audio archive
Metadata Standards: PBCore, DACS
Object Types: av materials, photographic materials, paper and physical objects, electronic records

Occurrence Types: works

Performing Arts Archives

Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, USA
A digital archive for a 150-year-old performing arts organization
Metadata Standards: DACS, GLOPAD, FRBR
Object Types: documents, media, born-digital material, promotional items and memorabilia, with hierarchical sub-types
Occurrence Types: works, eras, years, seasons, series, productions and special events

Roundabout Theater Company, New York, NY, USA
A digital archive for a theatre company
Metadata Standards: none
Object Types: documents, news clippings, merchandise, costumes, props, and media, with hierarchical sub-types
Occurrence Types: stage productions, play readings, galas, opening nights, special events, student productions