Project

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: Tech Ecosystem

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.

Funders

Omeka has received funding from the following federal agencies and private foundations:

How Might You Use Omeka?

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Major Partner: Minnesota Historical Society

User Ecosystem

Read how others are using Omeka in the public Zotero group.

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  • Use Omeka to share you personal research or collections with the world, build exhibits and write essays that showcase your expertise.
  • Features you might like: design themes, exhibit builder plugin, contribution plugin, live directory (coming soon), tagging, social bookmarking plugin.