CollectionSpace is pleased to announce the release of CollectionSpace version 4.0. This is a public release that has undergone complete regression testing. This release includes work focused on performance, usability, and aesthetics.

Follow this link to go to the release page: http://wiki.collectionspace.org/display/collectionspace/Release+4.0

This version reflects a major effort toward simplifying the task of configuring CollectionSpace to meet the specific needs of your museum. On its surface, version 4.0 looks very much like its predecessor, with the addition of a Work authority for citing cultural¬†works. However, due to changes under version 4.0’s surface, you can now typically add a new field (or change the behavior of an existing field) in an object, procedural, or authority term record just by adding or editing several lines in one or two configuration files; editing the HTML template file for that record; and running an automated task that builds everything else needed.

If you’re evaluating a future implementation or upgrading an existing system, the project team strongly encourages you to seriously consider this release as your baseline.

You can install and explore version 4.0 today; see the installation documentation at: http://wiki.collectionspace.org/display/DOC/Installing+CollectionSpace

Please note that documentation on configuring version 4.0 will start appearing on the Documentation wiki during Fall 2013 and beyond. (Due to the major changes in this release, existing documentation will change significantly in turn.)

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. The project is led by the Museum of the Moving Image in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley. Additional development resources are provided by the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies at the University of Cambridge and the Fluid Project at OCAD University. Our early adopter community includes: Museum of the Moving Image; Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, The University and Jepson Herbaria, and the UC Botanical Garden, all on the campus of the 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.