For some time now, the Omeka team, with funding from the Mellon Foundation, has been hard at work on the design and development of Omeka S, which is a new software package designed for medium and larger organizations.
Since Omeka S development is ongoing, we’ve decided to make it easier for interested developers and testers to try out the most up-to-date version of the software. From this point forward, every two sprints (roughly four weeks) we are going to package a zip of the software for easy installation, and a change log.
An outgrowth of lessons learned and feedback from Omeka users, Omeka S shares an ethos with Omeka Classic (2.x), but none of its code. There are a nice range of features for Omeka S that should make it appealing both to cultural heritage institutions and academic and research libraries, including:
- the ability to administer many sites from a single installation;
- a fully functioning Read/Write REST API, which the system uses to execute most of its own core operations;
- the use of JSON-LD as the native data format, which enmeshes the materials in the LOD universe;
- native RDF vocabularies (DCMI Terms, DCMI Types, FOAF, BIBO);
- and a set of modules to aid integration with Fedora, DSpace, Zotero.
A manual for end-users explains the key elements of Omeka S, such as Items, Item Sets, Resource Templates, Media, Users, and Sites.
We hope that after reviewing the technology requirements, you’ll take a few minutes to install
- Omeka S v0.3.0 alpha
- FedoraConnector v0.1 alpha
- DSpaceConnector v0.1 alpha
- and, ZoteroImport v0.1 alpha.
We welcome your feedback on the Dev List.