We are happy to announce the beta release of the Omeka Everywhere Collection Viewer!
What is it? The Omeka Everywhere Collection Viewer (OECV) allows you to connect an existing Omeka Classic installation to a multi-touch table or tablet for an in-gallery experience.
Who is it for? OECV is for museums, historical societies, special collections libraries, and anyone with an exhibit space who wants to provide an in-gallery experience to connect visitors with their collections.
How does it work? Using the built-in API in your Omeka site, OECV pulls content from a collection of your choice to your multi-touch table or tablet. Visitors then browse by tags, which are organized alphabetically in a drawer at the bottom of the screen or the long edges of the table. Each time a visitor selects a tag (up to three at a time), items with the tag load in the drawer. Visitors can select items to go up on the stage, where they can pinch to zoom, flip the item over to view its metadata, and even push the item across the table to a friend on the other side.
Where can I find it? Download the beta release from Ideum’s GitHub repository. Please note that you will need a multi-touch table or a tablet running Windows 7, 8, or 10 in order to use the beta. Technical documentation, including requirements, is available from Ideum and Omeka-specific documentation is available on Omeka.org.
Omeka Everywhere is a collaboration between the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Ideum, the University of Connecticut’s Digital Media and Design Department, and is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.