About this time last year we blogged about a new version of Omeka, Omeka S, entering beta release. Now we're happy to see that a final 1.0 release of Omeka S has just been released.
Omeka is a free, open-source content management system (CMS) for online digital collections. With Omeka, you can quickly build a searchable repository of archival, artifact or other records and assemble them into virtual exhibits to showcase your holdings.
Andornot uses Omeka with select clients and as the basis of our Digital History Hub platform.
Most content management systems are designed to manage a single website with a hierarchy of pages, in which are placed text and other media. In contrast, Omeka is based around items (e.g. historic documents, photographs, audio or video recordings, etc.) which can be arranged into item sets and pages of items. One Item can be used in multiple ways, as part of different exhibits, for example.
An easy-to-use web interface provides site administrators with access to all the important back-end features: configuring the site appearance and navigation, uploading items (individually or in batches, such as from a database export), changing themes, and creating content pages.
Omeka S offers users a brand-new interface and features such as:
- Manage multiple separate sites from a single installation of Omeka.
- Build and publish pages, exhibits, or digital stories by adding and mixing different content blocks.
- Create relationships between your resources - items, item sets, and media.
- Use importers to bring in content from a spreadsheet or an Omeka Classic site.
- Geolocate your content and display maps on sites using Mapping.
- Connect your installation with Fedora and DSpace repositories, with the ability to update content periodically.
- Use mobile-ready themes to customize the look of each site.
Omeka is a great choice for museums, archives, historical societies and others with cultural collections who want to make their collections searchable online. It's as easy to use for volunteers with little experience as by professional curators, archivists and historians.