Omeka is a free and open source collections based web-based publishing platform for scholars, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, educators, and cultural enthusiasts. Its “five-minute setup” makes launching an online exhibition as easy as launching a blog. Omeka is designed with non-IT specialists in mind, allowing users to focus on content and interpretation rather than programming.
You can use Omeka to: publish an essay or digital dissertation, share primary source collections, and collaborate with others in the creation of digital scholarship, build online exhibits with objects you cannot display in the museum, to share your collections, display documents and oral histories, or create digital archives with user-generated content.
This website is especially helpful if you have a large number of images or objects that you want to organize. You fill in the object's "Metadata," a set of attributes or elements necessary to describe the resource in question (like date, title, maker, etc), which can later be accessed by the viewer.
Since Omeka has templates already in place, the user is able to create an exhibit or other type of collection with very little tech-savoir. This can also be limiting, however, especially if you have a very strong design concept in mind.
Click HERE for an example of one of Omeka's showcase exhibits.
Click here to access our Omeka how-to guide.
Go to the Omeka homepage.