Omeka: Serious Web Publishing
Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Its “five-minute setup” makes launching an online exhibition as easy as launching a blog.
Omeka is a Swahili word meaning to display or lay out wares; to speak out; to spread out; to unpack.
Omeka falls at a crossroads of Web Content Management, Collections Management, and Archival Digital Collections Systems:
Omeka is designed with non-IT specialists in mind, allowing users to focus on content and interpretation rather than programming. It brings Web 2.0 technologies and approaches to academic and cultural websites to foster user interaction and participation. It makes top-shelf design easy with a simple and flexible templating system. Its robust open-source developer and user communities underwrite Omeka’s stability and sustainability.
Until now, scholars and cultural heritage professionals looking to publish collections-based research and online exhibitions required either extensive technical skills or considerable funding for outside vendors. By making standards based, serious online publishing easy, Omeka puts the power and reach of the web in the hands of academics and cultural professionals themselves.
Omeka has received funding from the following federal agencies and private foundations:
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- Institute of Museum and Library Services
- Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
- Samuel H. Kress Foundation
How Might You Use Omeka?
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Major Partner: Minnesota Historical Society
Read how others are using Omeka in the public Zotero group.
- Use Omeka to publish an essay or digital dissertation, share primary source collections, and collaborate with others in the creation of digital scholarship.
- Features and plugins you might like: design themes, exhibit builder, tagging, dropbox plugin, DocsViewer plugin, geolocation plugin, Commentingplugin.
- Examples: Digital Worcester, The World at the Fair , Daisie M. Helyar, 1906-1910 Scrapbook , Digital DosPassos.
- Use Omeka to share collections and build online exhibits with objects you cannot display in the museum. Invite your visitors to tag and mark items as favorites, or to contribute content. Start a blog to publish museum news and podcasts.
- Features and plugins you might like: Dublin Core metadata standards, W3C and 508 compliant, design themes, exhibit builder plugin, MyOmeka plugin, contribution plugin, dropbox plugin, Bar Code and Reports plugin, Social Bookmarking plugin, data migration tools: CSV Import, OAI-PMH Harvest, OAI-PMH Repository.
- Examples: Lincoln at 200, Inventing Europe: Technology and the Making of Europe, 1850 to the Present , Martha Washington, A Life, Object of History, Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives
- Use Omeka as the publishing tool to complement your online catalog or launch a digital exhibit.
- Features and plugins you might like: Dublin Core metadata standards, W3C and 508 compliant, extensible and customizable item fields, RSS & Atom syndication, MyOmeka plugin, data migration tools: CSV Import, OAI-PMH Harvest, OAI-PMH Repository.
- Examples: Memorial Stadium 1924-1992 , Photographs by Homer L. Shantz, Upper Ringwood Library Collection, Fighters on the Farm Front.
- Use Omeka to share your collections, display documents and oral histories, or create digital archives with user-generated content.
- Features and plugins you might like: Dublin Core metadata standards, W3C and 508 compliant, exhibit builder plugin, extensible and customizable item fields, Dublin Core Extended plugin, DocViewer plugin, tagging, data migration tools: CSV Import, OAI-PMH Harvest, OAI-PMH Repository.
- Examples: Florida Memory, Bracero History Archive, Hurricane Digital Memory Bank
- Use Omeka to build inquiry-based tasks for students, to create lesson plans with accompanying primary sources, or build learning modules with your team.
- Features you might like: design themes, exhibit builder plugin, MyOmeka plugin, DocsViewer plugin, tagging, Commenting plugin.
- Examples: Laurel Grove School Teachers Workshop, Making the History of 1989, Children and Youth in History