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Omeka - platform for digital cultural heritage web publishing

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    Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions.

    Omeka comes in two flavors: Omeka Classic and Omeka S.

    Omeka S is a web publication system for universities, galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. It consists of a local network of independently curated exhibits sharing a collaboratively built pool of items, media, and their metadata.


    Omeka S is an evolving project. It is a complete rewrite and reimagining of Omeka using up-to-date technologies. It also responds to the needs we have heard from Omeka users who manage many installations and work at the intersection of many content management systems and repositories.

    Omeka S focuses on two core needs:

    Multiple sites with easy IT administration: Omeka S has been built to address the needs of institutions that want to stand up multiple sites. These might be medium to large GLAM organizations with many subgroups that want to publish their content, or they might be universities with many instructors using Omeka in different pedagogical contexts, or any number of broad uses that call for some centralized IT management that facilitates easy creation of new sites for presentation and interpretation of many resources. A rough analogy to a WordPress networked installation works, but our design is significantly different from that model.

    Data exchange: Omeka S emphasizes easy interaction between different data sources. This is most clearly reflected in our use of Linked Open Data principles. Our API functions through JSON-LD, and our metadata entry expands beyond Dublin Core and facilitate using additional vocabularies.


    Omeka Classic and Omeka S will exist and be maintained side-by-side for the foreseeable future.

  • @lapieh and I started packaging both versions of Omeka. The code is available here:

    Feel free to test these experimental apps.