For years institutions, organizations, governments and individuals have been working out ways to publish their own datasets. There's been an incredible movement called #OpenAccess to promote this kind of work because it means these places can unlock institutional knowledge, engage with new audiences and participate in a growing effort to better understand the world we all live in.

But despite these amazing initiatives, it's still really hard for smaller organizations, without internal technical teams or large budgets, to put their data on the web. Additionally, every organization prefers to publish their data differently, which causes confusion.

Accession was born out of a need to publish large amounts of data quickly and smartly. Institutions can link up their existing datasets, manage what they want to publish and what they don't, control who can have access to what, and update things when new kinds of data are available. The end result is a highly scaleable API (Application Programming Interface) that can be used by anyone with a project idea. Our APIs can be used to power websites, apps, or interactive experiences in museums and galleries. They can be used by researchers and students who are looking for ways to develop prototypes or data visualizations. The possibilities are endless. 

Accession is a place for data. It's a hub, but the data is yours, and you get to decide what to do with it.

-micah 

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