The choice of whether to use Omeka can be complex and depends on your course goals, learning objectives, and other factors. To learn more about Omeka email us or contact a librarian with whom you already have a relationship.
Omeka is a tool for organizing and displaying digital images, text, and other multi-media formats in one site. Omeka was developed by the Roy Rozenweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. There are several versions of Omeka that are freely available to Penn affiliates, but this guide focuses on the third of the below options, Omeka Platinum.
Versions of Omeka:
Examples of sites that have been created using Omeka can be viewed in the Omeka showcase.
Omeka is one type of web content management system. Other systems that perform similar functions include: WordPress, Drupal and Squarespace. What makes Omeka the right choice for any particular project? As opposed to other, more generic systems, Omeka is designed for cultural institutions to display and document digital objects. As such, it has a relatively low learning curve and has much of the resources needed for the specific purpose of scholarly presentations built directly into its workflow. For instance:
Accompanying these advantages of Omeka are a series of disadvantages:
The decision to use Omeka for teaching, research or exhibiting largely depends on the users' goals. Omeka uniquely provides easy access to a series of functions relating directly to scholarly exhibiting and cataloging. Omeka is a good choice for projects with this object firmly in view. Projects that place a priority on aesthetics or have no reason to catalog material or use common standards might do better to use a different system.