Welcome to Archipelago Commons

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

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Archipelago from many perspectives


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

Under the hood, Archipelago is:

Installation is entirely Dockerized and scripted with easy-to-follow directions. And we are here to help.

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Strawberry Field

StrawberryField is Archipelago's unique way of extending Drupal's view on content to add flexible 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 as JSON, which can then be cast into countless other standards and formats depending on your preferences. It also integrates Webforms you can customize so you can build your dream description and cataloging workflows.

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

Your data, the way you want it

With your data stored in a StrawberryField, Archipelago then uses Symfony's and Drupal's TWIG templating system to cast your metadata into whatever standard, format or serialization you like. API and UI. Both work the same way.

In addition, Archipelago comes with simple, intuitive tools for consuming and publishing linked data. Search engines will know how to crawl into the deepest, darkest or shiniest 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. IIIF Manifests in 3.0 and 2.1 versions ready to use. And you can even edit them in realtime.

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.