Archipelago for Metadata Professionals and Collection Managers


Archipelago soothes pain points in the GLAM world. Some of the remedies include:

  • Shipping, by default, a full deck of media players and viewers both familiar and possibly unknown.

  • Digital Objects are a one-to-one reflection of your organization's cataloging practices.

    • Archipelago Digital Objects (ADOs) reshape the archetype of a Digital Object by treating all media types as equal in the process of making your Things available to the world.

    • Media does not define the nature of the digital object, so you can mix and match different digital representations of the Thing and use metadata that is closer to your own reality and local identity without the restrictions of a predetermined schema.

  • A practical implementation of linked data.

    • Archipelago removes the daunting carpentry from linked data by exposing a growing list of APIs, such as WikiData, Library of Congress, Nominatim, and Getty, through the UI. This makes it very simple to connect your objects and collections to the rest of the linked open data world.

    • In addition to these connections, you also have the freedom to use this metadata in displays, external endpoints and a variety of media players. 

  • An "open schema", but it is not schema-less.

    • We understand your fear! Using metadata in any uncontrolled way may lead to the dark side. Archipelago does not enforce any particular schema, but it also does not remove control, correctness, validation, or structure from your own metadata and metadata practices.

    • Dublin Core, MODs,, IIIF (any API and any version), Bitframe the revenge, EADs (v.2 or v.3), GeoJSON - Archipelago digests and synthesizes all metadata schemas that you could need now or in the future, in real time with a user interface exposed templating system (imagine Open Refine in a text file) so you can take control of how your collections interact with other more strict or fixed systems.

  • Developers who love metadata and semantics and are happy to accommodate workflows, needs, use cases and edge cases into the roadmap.