The CollectionSpace team is pleased to announce the release of CollectionSpace version 2.5. This release is the culmination of the first six-months of 2012 and represents improved functionality for search, locations and movements, date handling, controlled vocabularies, and hierarchical authorities. In addition, refactoring work was completed in the user interface layer.

• Advanced search capabilities were rolled-out across all record types.
• Structured date functionality was extended to additional areas including object collection history and inscriptions.
• Improvements to vocabulary and authority management including support for preferred and non-preferred terms, and for multiple
vocabularies within an authority.
• The Location procedure was modified to include Movement and Inventory records. In addition, permanent and temporary save options are now offered to provide flexibility with regard to planning for movement and inventory activities.

CollectionSpace is a collaborative effort driven by museum and higher education professionals. Our goals are two-fold: 1. Work together as a community to develop a well-designed, cost effective, high quality software application that museums and related heritage organizations can use to manage their collections and share information about those collections online and 2. Re-define the ways in which collections information is collected, managed, preserved, leveraged, and published. CollectionSpace is made possible by the visionary support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

CollectionSpace is freely distributed via the ECL 2.0 license, and an active developer community works together to enhance and improve CollectionSpace with each new release. This effort is led by the Museum of the Moving Image, with partners University of California, Berkeley, Information Services and Technology and University of Cambridge, Center for Applied Research in Educational Technologies. Additional development resources are provided by OCAD University, The Fluid Project. Our implementer community includes: Museum of the Moving Image; Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, The University and Jepson Herbaria, and History of Art Visual Resources Collection all on the campus of University of California, Berkeley; Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark), and Walker Art Center. For more information, to get involved, or to take a guided tour through CollectionSpace, please visit us at www.collectionspace.org or email us at collectionspace@movingimage.us.