About IDEA Information Systems

IDEAfrontIDEA Information Systems is an international leading software provider of integrated solutions for the collection management, preservation and exposure of heritage assets in archives, libraries and museums at cultural heritage institutions. Based on its integrated state of the art ALM (Archives, Libraries and Museums) platform, IDEA provides an end-to-end solution, covering all aspects of heritage assets management: from document capture to enhanced classification, administration and publishing. Our integrated products offer our customers a flexible and dynamic way to develop new value-added services for their users regardless of their location. Recognizing the richness and diversity of our customers’ heritage, and the known challenge of the “hidden collections” confronted by cultural heritage institutions, IDEA’s mission is to provide cutting edge technologies to these institutions and enable them to expose the information in a variety of languages.


Based on industry standards, the IDEA ALM system reflects IDEA’s commitment to the development of effective management tools that deliver the most up-to-date capabilities to archivists, librarians, museum curators and their users. Over a decade of experience and more than 400 local and international loyal customers attest to the software strengths and ALM acumen that IDEA has developed to meet the technological challenges that cultural heritage institutions face in the ever-developing information world. These customers decided to trust their heritage in our hands.

Significant milestones

Since its inception in 1999, IDEA has been involved in archive, library and museum automation, reaching a 70% market share in the local market. Leveraging its dynamic metadata mapping technology and core capabilities for transparent handling of physical, digital and logical information of various origins, languages, and structures, the company has extended its business to cultural heritage and research institutes. IDEA gained momentum with the selection of its system in 2000 by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority to serve as the central infrastructure of its information centers. The Yad Vashem archives, library, museums and school use over 70 million items and 500 terabytes of data including testimonies, historical documents, reports, reviews, books, articles, pictures, scanned documents, museum artifacts and videos. Another milestone which marked IDEA’s leading role in museum automation was the installation of IDEA Muse in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem in 2003. The Israel Museum is one of the largest of its kind worldwide and known for the Shrine of the Book, which is the home of several exceptional archaeological finds. The implementation included the entire museum collection, supporting the curators’ work processes and comprising art, Judaica and archeological items. Work flows were set up for special artifacts in 27 departments. Recognized as a leading vendor in the heritage assets technology industry, the IDEA ALM platform was selected in 2006 as a cornerstone for the Mosaica Pan-European cultural heritage initiative. The project utilizes service-oriented architecture (SOA) definition to connect the semantic web and web-based ontology with the GIS (Geographical Information System), and is comprised of cultural heritage resources such as artifacts, pictures paintings, photos and much more. Further success in the North American market brought some leading establishments to choose Idea’s solutions, among which are  the Joint Distribution Committee, the Judah L. Magnes Museum, the Virginian Holocaust Museum and NBC Universal.

Our team

IDEA Information Systems is proud of its experienced and professional project implementation teams that provide installations, system analysis, setup, data conversion, staff training, project management and consulting services. Recognizing the complexity and sensitivity of converting data from existing systems to the IDEA ALM platform, we have a dedicated and experienced data conversion team that has extensive experience in data conversions and follows well established methodologies. In addition, IDEA provides ASP/SaaS services, supported by an experienced IT staff, hosting many of our customers’ installations. IDEA is ISO9001 certified.

Our Vision

IDEA is a member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the International Council on Archives (ICA) and the DLM Forum, and collaborates closely with our archive customers forum and industry visionaries. IDEA leads the way in developing cutting-edge solutions for institutions dealing with present and future heritage assets and collection management challenges. With its broad vision, innovative solutions, accumulated knowledge and staff commitment, IDEA is fully prepared to fulfill its mission to its customers and offers for you

To trust your heritage in our hands

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