CollectiveAccess software is free and open-source. Not sure how to get started? There is free support available via the documentation, forum and live chat. Dedicated consulting and hosting services are also available for those who need them.

Whirl-i-Gig, CollectiveAccess's development team, works directly with end-users who require assistance in realizing their projects. A full range of services is available, including grant development, repository, digital preservation and workflow consulting, data migration, public facing web-site design and development, software development, system hosting, and more.

Consulting may be limited to specific services, such as data migration or new feature development for example. Or it can span a full project lifecycle from design through implementation to publication. All software development is performed under GNU General Public License v3, ensuring that contracted work becomes part of upcoming software releases, further strengthening the CollectiveAccess community.

If you are interested in consulting services please contact us at with information about your project, including:

  • What type of material will be catalogued?
  • What metadata standards will be used, if any?
  • Will you need to import any existing data?
  • Does the project require a public website?
  • Is there any custom development required for features not currently supported?
  • What is your project timeline?

We suggest exploring our demonstration system as you plan for your project.

If you need to migrate data we can help.

The Whirl-i-Gig team specializes in migrating data from outdated or deprecated content management systems to CollectiveAccess. Our developers can help you extract your legacy data and develop a custom metadata schema, or improve on an existing one, to accommodate your records. Legacy data and media can then be ingested into CollectiveAccess as is, or we can help you clean up and streamline data that needs extra help.

Our team has successfully migrated archives from legacy systems including:

PastPerfect FileMaker ContentDM Microsoft Access
The Museum System (TMS) CollectionSpace Mimsy XG Embark
Omeka MediaBin Artbase Artform
ResourceSpace DSpace Luna InMagic
Archon Archivists Toolkit Specify Wordpress & Drupal

We also have extensive experience migrating data from custom applications and formats, including ad-hoc Excel, XML, delimited text, JSON, and MARC.


Whirl-i-Gig offers cloud-hosting packages for CollectiveAccess projects of all sizes.

Hosting with Whirl-i-Gig is a simple solution for users who don’t have in-house server administration or technical support for third-party server management. Please note that our hosting service is only available for projects that utilize our consulting services. We cannot host projects developed by third-parties.

All hosting packages include:

  • software installation
  • software updates as new versions of CollectiveAccess are released
  • server issue and server maintenance resolution
  • system migration for CollectiveAccess installations hosted on other platforms
  • nightly back-ups of all data and media