Release Notes for Providence 1.5

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Release date: June 11, 2015

New features

As befits a release that took way too long to reach version 1.5 includes an overhauled user interface, lots of bug fixes and many new features, including:

PDF output

Output of PDFs for labels, summaries and reports has been completely revamped in 1.5. By default domPDF is now used to generate PDF output, replacing an older error-prone library that was the source of the dreaded "cannot render PDF" error. If domPDF is too slow or doesn't support the advanced formatting you need, 1.5 also supports rendering using wkpdftohtml and PhantomJS. Other highlights include a simpler and more capable template format for output, support for local templates and QRCode support.

Expanded support for external web services and linked open data

CollectiveAccess now works with several additional data sources including OCLC WorldCat, the new linked open data versions of the Getty ULAN, TGN and AAT vocabularies and Wikipedia open data. Data from these services can be used interactively while cataloguing or imported into records in your system via the data importer.


  1. Adjustable image center for cropping
  2. Support for references to authority tables as metadata elements (PROV-902)
  3. Search


    1. Did you mean? spell correction
    2. Ability to limit searches to specific relationship types

Cataloguing and administrative metadata tools

Object-level processes Formal deaccessioning procedure Formal location tracking procedure Object components (lightweight sub-objects)

Data importer

Data importer Ability to import media as part of data set Ability to batch import folders of documents Ability to create video and image annotations during import

Circulation module Improved/enhanced library-style check in/check out feature Relationship metadata attribute types Add object, place, occurrence, collection, storage location, loan?, movement?, lots? (entities already implemented) Add indexing, search and browse support

Bug fixes

See the bug tracker]


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