Primus is a collection management system for museums and cultural institutions. It manages information regarding the objects in the collection as well as the processes needed to handle them.

Primus allows for the management of any object considered part of a collection, from art and cultural history to photos, video/audio, buildings and more. Different types of objects are handled in individual modules designed specifically for them. It is possible to search within each module as well as within the entire collection. If the collection owner so wishes, it is possible to make selected parts of the object information available to the public on DigitaltMuseum ( or

Primus also has modules for name authorities and places. Through the function “events” name authorities and places can be linked to objects, creating history and context. Name and location records can also be retrieved from KulturNav (

In Primus you can create and share folders containing different types of objects. Through folders it is possible to edit many objects at once. Other key features are special tools for importing large volumes of images, the ability to print and read barcodes as well as to make a variety of tailor-made reports.

Work processes can be documented in Primus in modules related to acquisition, loans, condition checking, conservation, exhibitions, location and storage. Through the administration module, the system administrator can edit lists, set user permissions and make local system settings.

Primus is in continuous development in close cooperation with the users.

Other software
Publish records online
Special features

Primus is a part of KulturIT ecosystem, a technical infrastructure with separate systems working together and sharing information to make the work at the museums easier and more efficient. In addition of Primus, the ecosystem consists of:

  • DigitaltMuseum – A webpage for museums to distribute the chosen object information from Primus to the public. It provides open access to over 130 museum collections and the number is constantly growing. The users can search, watch, comment and share content with each other. There are separate websites for Norway and Sweden: and
  • KulturNav – An open cloud based software for creating, managing and distributing open linked data such as name authorities and vocabularies for the cultural heritage: The data in KulturNav is possible to linked to the object information in Primus which makes the object information more uniform and easier to access.
  • KulturPunkt – A web-based platform for creating, managing and distributing digital curated information in exhibitions and on the web, The solution consists of an easy to use and simple interface for entering multilanguage information. The audience gets up content on mobile or tablets. In addition, the solution an API where the organizations can develop their own communication solutions based on the information from KulturPunkt.
  • Minne (Swedish and Norwegian for memory) –  A technical platform for gather and manage collected data and stories. The long-term strategic goal is to make Minne into a platform for collecting, managing and distributing of the intangible cultural heritage.

Additional features:

  • Password – As standard
  • Thesaurus for data entry – As standard
  • Thesaurus for retrieval – As standard
  • Screen designer – As standard
  • Report writer – As standard
Are image and media formats configurable?
Image formats
  • JPEG Supports 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8 sub-sizes for fast preview;
  • JPEG2000;
  • GIF Including editing and display of animated GIFs;
  • PNG;
  • BMP Compressed and uncompressed;
  • TIFF Editing and display of single and multipage;
  • TIFF. Also supports FAX, G3F and G3N sub-formats;
  • PCX Including DCX (Multipage PCX) format;
  • Raw Camera Formats including Digital Negative Format (*.dng), Canon (*.cr2, *.crw), Kodak (*.dcr), Minolta (*.mrw), Nikon (*.nef), Olympus (*.orf), Pentax (*.pef), Fuji (*.raf), Leica (*.raw), Sony (*.srf) and Sigma (*.x3f);
  • Icons (ICO) With multiple resolution and color depth support;
  • DICOM (Medical Imaging) Single and multipage;
  • Adobe Photoshop (PSD) With multiple layer support;
  • WMP Also known as Microsoft HD Photo
  • Internally Primus work with JPG images. The original file is also available.
Media formats


  • video/mpeg: MPEG-1 video with multiplexed audio; Defined in RFC 2045 and RFC 2046;
  • video/mp4: MP4 video; Defined in RFC 4337;
  • video/ogg: Ogg Theora or other video (with audio); Defined in RFC 5334;
  • video/webm: WebM Matroska-based open media format;
  • video/x-ms-wmv: Windows Media Video; Documented in Microsoft KB 288102;
  • video/x-flv: Flash video (FLV files);


  • audio/mp4: MP4 audio;
  • audio/mpeg: MP3 or other MPEG audio; Defined in RFC 3003;
  • audio/ogg: Ogg Vorbis, Speex, Flac and other audio; Defined in RFC 5334;
  • audio/vorbis: Vorbis encoded audio; Defined in RFC 5215;


  • BLOB
Integrated DAMS

Some DAM features available.

Support for integration with other DAMS

Yes, ResourceSpace

Business process automation


Digital rights management


Mobile support

Yes, web version.

Remote thesauri

Yes – through KulturNav

User generated content

Partly – user generated content from public DigitaltMuseum are downloaded and shown on objectposts.



  • API


  • Rest API supporting JSON exchange of information, excel, OAI-PMH.
Ready for Europeana Connection Kit (ECK)

OAI-PMH - Standard
REST - Standard
RSS - Standard
ATOM - Standard

  • RDF
  • DDI
  • DC
Museum / heritage standards
  • EDM
  • LIDO
  • CDWA
  • ICOM Documentation Guidelines
  • CIDOC CRM Core
Minimum hardware requirement

Server: It depends of selected version of database software, size of database and then number of users.

Client: Normal PC purchased 2012 or later will be good enough.

Operating system(s)

Oracle database, see Oracle supported operating systems.

Client only support Windows.

Web version supported in all major browsers.

Database architecture

Relation database. Oracle 11G or newer.

Public access support

Yes, through DigitaltMuseum. See or

Backup support


Data auditing and cleaning


Single user cost

The price depends on several different variables. Contact us to get an offer that matches your need.

Five user cost

The price depends on several different variables. Contact us to get an offer that matches your need.


Yes, both standard training and onsite training.

Technical support


Spectrum procedures
Object Entry (primary)
Acquisition and accessioning (primary)
Location and movement control (primary)
Inventory (primary)
Cataloguing (primary)
Object Exit (primary)
Loans In - borrowing objects (primary)
Loans Out - lending objects (primary)
Documentation planning (primary)
Condition checking and technical assessment
Collections care and conservation
Insurance and indemnity
Emergency planning for collections
Damage and loss
Deaccessioning and disposal
Rights management
Use of collections
Collections review
Bibliographical records


Bibliographic / library standards


Archival records support


Archival records standards


Integration with other library and archive management systems

Open archive posts in Public360 from Software Innovation

Integration associate with the URL of the digital asset
Support site URL
Contact postal address

C/O Stiftelsen Nordiska museet
Box 27820
SE- 115 93 Stockholm

Software developer name
KulturIT AS
Software developer contact name
Anders Inderberg
Software developer contact address

KulturIT AS
Oskar Skoglys veg 2
2619 Lillehammer

Software developer email
UK users and sites


International users and sites

2000 users, 200 museums

  • Nordiska museet Stockholm, Sweeden
  • Norsk Folkemuseum Oslo, Norway