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Cinco de ‘meka

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Grab a margarita or add a slice of lime to your favorite soft drink, because we are celebrating “Cinco de ‘meka” here at CHNM. What is happening, you ask? Well, the Omeka team is releasing the Omeka 1.0 Beta (zip file) today and we can’t resist a good play on words.

This beta includes all of the features we will release with the stable 1.0 later this month. We hope you’ll give it a try and give us some feedback on the dev list or in the forums.

This beta includes some of the following changes and improvements to the system:

  • Support for displaying and updating icons of your choice to associate with different file types.
  • an Autocomplete function when tagging items;
  • design enhancements of the admin interface;
  • a “Remember Me” checkbox on login that will keep users logged in for 2 weeks;
  • bug fixes for the admin HTML editor for IE6/IE7 users.


Ringwood Public Library Launches Digital Collections Site

Monday, October 13th, 2008

If you thought only large urban libraries (eg, New York Public Library) could launch a unique Omeka-powered digital collection site, think again. The Ringwood Public Library in New Jersey recently released, the Upper Ringwood Collection with a great theme designed by the Web Developers Studio.

In this site you will find over 120 images browseable by four categories: people and places, events and keepsakes, schools and churches, and mines and stables. These categories are actually Omeka collections. While most of the packaged themes offer browsing by all items, exhibits, and collections via the main navigation bar, you can gently tweak the theme to allow browsing by specific collections, types, or tags.

The Upper Ringwood Collection provides another excellent example of how Omeka’s themes can be modified to create attractive and distinctive looks for any web project.

Missouri Journalism Launches Pictures of the Year Archive with Omeka

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

The Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism launched the Pictures of the Year International Archive over the weekend using Omeka. The Archive, which contains over 40,000 historic photographs arranged by collection, chronicles more than fifty years of journalism history, including striking images of the fall of the Berlin Wall and Jack Ruby’s shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald. In future the Archive will feature thematic, museum-style exhibits using Omeka’s exhibit builder functionality. The POYi Archive features an elegant original Omeka theme and offers a good example of the kind of customizations and display choices Omeka enables. It also provides another example of the range of collections-based research being published with Omeka. Check it out!

[Crossposted from Found History]

Powered by Omeka

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Nice Outfit recently designed an online collecting site, Catawba River Docs, for the Light Factory and Cultural Heritage & Museums using Omeka.

The web site complements a physical show, River Docs, that showcases work by contemporary artists who were asked to document their personal interactions with Catawba River over the course of one year through their art. Nice Outfit designed an online exhibit using Omeka and the contribution plugin to collect and display stories and images submitted by the general public representing their relationship with the river and region.

Recently, an unknown contributor uploaded a photograph of workers building the Catawba Dam around 1900. This person found the image in a family photo album, scanned it, and uploaded it to the archive. How many others have photographs like this saved in an album that will never be shared with a large audience? This example demonstrates how Omeka can help cultural institutions engage communities and help them save and construct their own histories.

CHNM is dedicated to democratizing history. Catawba River Docs is an exciting example of how others can do the same using Omeka.

Building Thanks, Roy

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

The weekend after the untimely passing of Roy, we decided to make a tribute site, where anyone could post stories or images of Roy. Thanks, Roy now has over 90 contributions to the site, contributions to make you smile, laugh, cry, and most of all appreciate the impact Roy had on those who knew him. Roy had long been a strong proponent of our work on Omeka, so it seemed very appropriate to use the system to power a site dedicated to him. I think that Roy would have been pleased with the work that Thanks, Roy represents, and the potential that Omeka has to help people build sites that mean something to them, to create community and to share with others.

We used Release Candidate 3 to power Thanks, Roy, and installed the Contribution plugin to collect stories, images, audio, and video from contributors. To make a new theme for Thanks, Roy I copied one of the pre-packaged theme that ships with Omeka, modified some HTML, adding a few static pages for the “How to Help” page and “Formal Notices” page, and created a new style sheet I edited the plugin form to remove any unnecessary fields (specifically demographic information for the contributor), and styled the form with CSS in the new public theme.

The basic public template used to power Thanks, Roy (without the header image) is packaged with Omeka now as the default theme. Additionally, RC3 includes the Contribution plugin used on Thanks, Roy to gather contributions. We’re in the process of making a directory of plugins on this site, so Omeka users can download and install any that aren’t already pre-packaged with Omeka, and eventually contribute plugins to be listed in the directory.