Welcome to Archipelago Commons

Open source digital collections software designed to empower communities of every size and shape.

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High-angle view of Lake Erie and other islands from Put-In-Bay, South Bass Island, Ohio, undated (ca. 1918-1922).


At the core of the Archipelago philosophy is our commitment to both simplicity and flexibility.

Under the hood, Archipelago is:

But the best part is that if you don't want to know all of that, you don't *need* to know it. Installation is entirely scripted with easy-to-follow directions. And we are here to help.

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Strawberry Field

StrawberryField is Archipelago's innovative way of extending Drupal's core webform module to add metadata capabilities to the CMS without sacrificing scalablity or performance.

Archipelago was built on our belief that any community should be empowered to describe their items and collections however they wish to. Systems must accommodate and celebrate our diversity, not constrain and dilute it. With StrawberryField, your metadata is stored in a single database table as JSON, which can then be cast into countless other standards and formats depending on your preferences.

  • Integrated into D8's Webform module
  • Adds dynamic metadata capabilities without sacrificing scalability or performance
  • Applicable to countless use cases

Your data, the way you want it

With your data stored in a StrawberryField, Archipealgo then uses Drupal's twig templating system to cast your metadata into whatever standard or format you like.

In addition, Archipelago comes with simple, intuitive tools for consuming and publishing linked data. There is no point in putting your collections online if people cannot find them! Search engines will know how to crawl into the deepest, darkest levels of your metadata.

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IIIF all the way

When you deploy Archipelago, the Cantaloupe image server comes with it, preconfigured and ready to go.

International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) delivers digital assets using a group of shared application programming interfaces. Archipelago uses IIIF's many APIs to generate media derivatives on the fly, providing access copies, shareable books and annotations -- no secondary uploads required, no wasted storage space.