Archive for the ‘’ Category to Upgrade to 2.2

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Exciting news for our users:

The weekend of October 11, 2014, we will be upgrading the system to run the most recent version of the software. This upgrade will mean some downtime for users (through October 13, 2014), but the payoff will be major improvements in appearance and functionality. Check out the post at for more details.

To make this a smooth transition, users will need to take some simple steps to address a few theme configuration changes. We recommend that all site administrators make notes of any existing site configurations. Please note the following changes:

Custom Navigation in themes: Navigation is no longer tied to themes, and the navigation choices you have set in your theme settings WILL BE LOST in the upgrade.

ACTION: You must recreate the custom navigation in the new Appearance→Navigation settings.

Dublin Core fields: You can no longer select which Dublin Core metadata fields you wish to display on the public views of the site by configuring your theme.

ACTION: You must use the new Hide Elements plugin to indicate which fields will be visible. Hide Elements will be available for all users on all plans.

Custom Homepage: All sites will revert to default homepages.

ACTION: You must reselect your custom home page by going to Appearance→Navigation settings, and choosing a homepage from the list under “Select a Homepage.”

Thanks for making note of these shifts, and for spreading the word about the upgrade!

Net’s OpenSSL Libraries Updated

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Yesterday, the Omeka team took the necessary steps to ensure that user passwords on are protected against the Heartbleed bug. We updated our open SSL libraries with the newest security patch.

We recommend that all users update their passwords as soon as possible, particularly if passwords used for websites are the same as passwords used for online shopping, banking, or email sites.

What comes next?

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Here at Omeka HQ, we’re in the final stretch of work on the 2.0 version of the software. We expect that the release, which will come toward the end of October, will bring a range of wonderful improvements for both end users and developers. The result will be a version of Omeka that far surpasses the original instance that we first launched in February 2008. But, even at that point, Omeka was a simple open source web publishing platform with big ambitions. During the last four and a half years, supported by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Library of Congress, the software has experienced extraordinary growth and refinement. Now we offer and support dozens of plugins and themes, and our work on internationalization has made it possible for users to work in over twenty languages.

While the Omeka team has concentrated on serving the basic needs of libraries, museums, archives and scholars, our users have been producing rich sites that offer access to primary materials and expert knowledge in new and interesting ways. This year alone, we’ve had over 8,000 downloads of the software from our site and that doesn’t account for the installations that are happening using the various one-click options from web hosts or are being cloned from the github repository. One look at the long list of sites in our Sites Using Omeka page will reveal both the flexibility of the platform and the creativity of our users. These sites are just a sample of the work being done with Omeka (and if you have a site that’s not on the list, by all means, add it).

The development community has built amazing extensions of the basic software, taking it beyond the use cases that we originally imagined. Cleveland State University’s Center for Public History and Digital Humanities has released the MobileHistorial/Curatescape system for doing mobile public history work. And the University of Virginia’s Scholars Lab has recently released the Neatline suite of plugins for spatial and temporal work. Omeka also plays nicely with the LOC’s Viewshare visualization tool. These extensions and integrations exemplify the ways that Omeka can serve as a platform for new interpretative work in digital humanities and cultural heritage.

We always meant for Omeka to serve a segment of the cultural heritage community that would not be developing plugins or customizing themes. One of our initial goals was to make it easier for small institutions with few employees or a dedicated group of volunteers and little in the way of technical budget to bring their materials and perspectives to a wider audience through the web. In October 2010, we launched to begin to serve that audience. Today we have over 5,500 users working on roughly 3,800 sites, and we’re experiencing a growth rate of around 120 sites a month.

Together the rich community that has formed around Omeka and the ways that subscribers are using to share their materials more than fulfills our original vision for the software. Now the question is:

What Comes Next?

Moving forward after the release of 2.0, we have three main goals for Omeka:

  1. We are committed to making cultural heritage materials and scholarship more discoverable on the open web. The Omeka Commons project will allow us to do that by offering Omeka site administrators a way to share their items at a central point of discovery. The Commons visitors will be able to search for content, share and embed those items, and also follow that content back to the originating site. Soon, we will need testers (those using Omeka 1.5 and higher) to share their materials with the alpha version of the Commons. If you’re interested in participating, drop us an email (
  2. We will work to more fully integrate Omeka with existing GLAM and scholarly communications platforms. We firmly believe that content and data silos prevent innovation, so we are developing ways for Omeka to integrate with the places that users already create and share their work, such as YouTube, Vimeo, the Internet Archive, and institutional repositories. Also, we see linked open data as central to the larger goal of integration and we are working on ways to facilitate the linking of Omeka content.
  3. Finally, we are well aware that many open source software ventures fail because they fall on the shoulders of a single developer. After nearly five years, Omeka continues to grow and thrive, due in large part to our user and developer community. We remain committed to fostering the vibrant community that has grown up around Omeka, and we will support that community through responsive forums, easy to understand documentation, and ongoing collaboration with developers, designers, and end users. At the same time, Omeka will continue to be an essential part of our own grant-funded work at RRCHNM, assuring the software’s core development and long-term sustainability.

Stay tuned in the coming months for more news on our plans! 1 year, 1,000+ websites

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Since launching last spring, nearly 1500 users are working on more than 1,000 new websites. Many of these sites are works-in-progress created by historians, librarians, archivists, enthusiasts, educators, and students.

Here are a few examples of what people are building and sharing in their sites.

Curious to know whether will serve the needs of your new project? Sign up for a free, basic account and start playing with the software. Beta Launches

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

After more than two years of planning and development, and six months of Alpha testing, CHNM is pleased to announce the public launch of Beta. Anyone may sign up for an account today. is a hosted web service that brings standards-based online collections and exhibitions to the internet cloud. Simply create a username and password at, and your online collection or exhibition website is up and running. Similar to cloud-based content management services offered by, Blogger, and PBWorks—but geared to the needs of scholarship and cultural heritage—no server or programming experience is required to launch an website. With, users can build digital exhibits, map photographs, collect memories from web audiences, or publish new scholarship in a few easy steps. will offer five plans for users that include a range of options from building one site using a few plugins and themes to deploying an unlimited number of sites that uses an extensive set of add-ons and designs. These plans, including a basic free option, are available to accommodate a variety of individual and institutional users. is an outgrowth of the Omeka project, in partnership with Minnesota Historical Foundation and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library of Congress, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Alpha Arrives

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

We are very excited to announce that the Alpha has launched! The Omeka and teams have been working hard during the past few months to develop this new hosted service.

The current Alpha showcases Omeka’s core functionality: building a website with an archive of items. This means that our earliest testers may build an archive and configure the public design themes. Users may now upload a logo, customize a site’s navigation, and add homepage text simply by configuring a theme in the admin settings. Slick! No plugins are yet available, but soon we will roll them out in small batches for all users to try.

Alpha testers: we are relying on you to provide us with feedback on your experience to help make it better for everyone else.

If you requested an invitation, keep your eyes out for an email from (check spam filters) in the coming weeks. We will slowly roll out invitations throughout the alpha period.

If you did not request an invitation, have no fear. In Fall 2010, we will launch the public beta, which will be available to everyone. Then, your site will be just one click away! Be First in Line

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The Omeka team is reaching for the clouds. After more than a year of planning and development, we are very pleased to announce the impending arrival of, a hosted web service that will bring standards-based online collections and exhibitions to the internet cloud. Be first in line for an invitation to try the free Alpha, including a special bundle of plugins, themes, and storage, when it launches in April. will expand Omeka’s current offerings with a completely web-based service. No server or programming experience required. Similar to services offered by WordPress, the popular open-source blogging software, with the launch of users will be able to sign up for a free hosted Omeka site. Just create a username and password, and your online collection or exhibition is up and running.

This new hosted web service will further the Omeka project’s mission to make collections-based online publishing more accessible to small cultural heritage institutions, individual scholars, enthusiasts, educators, and students.

With, your online exhibit is one click away.

Sign up today.