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The core modules of Collections Connect are made freely available as open source software under the Afero GNU Public License (AGPL, v3). Specific connectors which link the middleware modules to existing systems such as CMSs and DAMs are distributed under a more restrictive commercial license as are some of the more advanced ‘value added’ features of the software. For full details about the licensing terms for each module please contact us.


Implementation costs

The costs associated with implementing Collections Connect for individual institutions vary considerably depending on the requirements of the institution. Typical cost would include:

  • Developing custom connectors for existing systems
  • Implementing a custom SOLR schema
  • Integration with other 3rd party systems (e.g. single sign-on)
  • Developing a custom user interface or styling a generic one
  • Configuring user generated content options
  • Mapping data to standard sharing formats (RDF, ESE, PNDS_DCAP, etc.)
  • Implementation and testing
  • Support and maintenance

Cost illustrations

High requirements: A museum requiring a system with integrates with a range of data sources including commercial CMS and DAMS, data augmentation, a custom end user web interface including user generated content, supply of data to Culture Grid and Europeana and Linked Open Data can expect to pay something in the region of £40,000 to £50,000 for a fully implemented and tested system, plus a recurring annual charge of around £10,000 for a comprehensive SLA.

Medium requirements: An institution with an ‘off the shelf’ implementation of a common CMS package which is not currently interested in using the data augmentation modules but which does require a fully customised web interface and a the ability for users to add comments and save their own personalised collections can expect to pay in the region of £10,000 to £20,000 with an recurring annual charge of around £4,000 for an SLA.

Base requirements: An institution which does not have an existing Collections Management System but which can make item and/or collection level data available in structured form (e.g. a spreadsheet) which wants a basic web presence based on a styled version of the generic user interface can expect to pay in the region £3,000 to £5,000 with an annual charge of around £1,000 for a basic SLA.