Digital Toolbox

Omeka

Project URL

http://omeka.org/

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Cost and Development Philosophy

Free, open source.

Local Installation or Hosted Solution

Both. Hosting via http://www.omeka.net/

Description

“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 falls at a crossroads of Web Content Management, Collections Management, and Archival Digital Collections Systems: ” (source)

Use on SpokenWeb Project

We plan to use Omeka in the next phase on the SpokenWeb project as one of several CMS’ that we will run in parallel in order to determine the relative advantages and disadvantages of each as a spoken word and poetry platform.

Evaluation

So far, we have not used Omeka on the SpokenWeb project. For a good, albeit slightly outdated review of Omeka for building digital collections, see:

“Using Omeka to Build Digital Collections: The METRO Case Study”

Article by Jason Kucsma, Metropolitan New York Library Council, and Kevin Reiss and Angela Sidman, City University of New York

D-Lib Magazine

March/April 2010

Volume 16, Number 3/4

http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march10/kucsma/03kucsma.html

Projects

To date, we have not found any poetry or spoken word sites that use Omeka. Here are 2 non-poetry examples:

 

  1. Florida Memory http://www.floridamemory.com. One of the best, well-rounded (in terms of formats) sites that we come across using Omeka. This well-designed site features excellent browsing, embedded audio and video, audio playlists, and more.
  2. Europeana: Art Nouveau exhibition http://exhibitions.europeana.eu/exhibits/show/artnouveauen. This simple and elegantly designed site is a good demonstration of Omeka as a platform for a digital image collection.
Future Directions

Although Omeka is quite new it already has a significant following (i.e. over 1,000 sites), excellent documentation, well-managed forums and an expanding team of developers.

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