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Institutional and Personal Collection in Artstor
Public Collection in Artstor & Shared Shelf Commons

Publishing your digital collections content allows it to be accessed by users in several different platforms. How the media can be used and how the data is viewable varies across publishing environments. The chart below distinguishes the available features for each environment. For more information on how to set up publishing to these environments, please see the Administrative Tools section.


Institutional Collection in Artstor Personal Collection in Artstor Public Collections in Artstor & Shared Shelf Commons Omeka OAI DPLA
Open access content
Customizeable site interface
Institution restricted access to content
Aggregate searching across multiple collections
Download content
Audio/Video playback support
IIIF viewer
Create image groups & share them via URL
Share folders & image groups
Annotate content & share notes
Share content via URL
Bulk export content to PowerPoint

Institutional and Personal Collection in Artstor

Artstor  is where your content will be co-mingled with content from the Artstor Digital Library as an Institutional Collection. Artstor specific fields improve the search utility of Institutional Collection content in this environment. Publishing to this target is done by checking the box when selecting destination targets. Your institution’s users can access this content freely on-campus, and with a user account when off-campus in order to organize and export this content. You also have the option of publishing your content to a Personal Collection in Artstor.

Personal Collections can be used as a way for faculty to manage their own collections in both Forum and Artstor. Multiple users may have access to catalog items for a Personal Collection in the Forum Cataloging Tools, but the target is designed to publish only to an individual user’s Personal Collection in Artstor. Anytime that owner logs into Artstor, they will see their Personal Collection, listed alongside any previously existing Personal Collections managed in Artstor. If items are intended for sharing with other users, the owner can create groups in Artstor and manage the visibility of their items.

Public Collection in Artstor & Shared Shelf Commons

Shared Shelf Commons (SSC) is a freely accessible, open website. Your digital collections content can be published here by checking the box when selecting destination targets. Any content published to Shared Shelf Commons is also searchable as a Public Collection in Artstor, so there’s no need to publish content to both spaces. You may choose to share your Shared Shelf Commons content with the Digital Public Library of America.


Omeka is an open source web publishing platform developed by George Mason University’s Roy Rozenzweig Center for History and New Media. For more information about the Omeka project, see the Omeka website. Publishing to an Omeka target allows your Forum content to be accessed through a fully customizable interface. Examples of our community’s Omeka collections can be found here.


Publishing to an OAI server will allow your collections to be harvested and integrated within other environments, such as institutional repositories and discovery systems. For more information about publishing to an OAI server, please contact