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Omeka: Get Omeka

A Guide to Omeka, a web publishing platform for web content management and exhibits.

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Getting Started

Get a Free, Library-Hosted Instance

To get a free, library-hosted instance of Omeka, click the button below or email our Omeka Team to set up an initial consultation. During this consultation you will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Name for your Omeka Website (which can be changed at a later dated, if needed)
  2. Web URL (all sites are located at, you may select a site slug, ie[yoursiteslug]) - you will only receive one free URL, if you wish to change the URL, you must purchase your own domain name.
  3. Your desired user name
  4. You may select to track your site usage with Matomo. To learn more about this free library service, visit the Using Omeka tab.
  5. You may choose to showcase your site on the Library Digital Projects Page when you are ready to publish your site.
  6. How should we preserve your site when you are ready to retire it? You may choose 1) creation of a zipped static version of the site, 2) extraction of all site data, 3) renewal of the site agreement if both parties are amenable, or 4) no preservation.

What you get with our hosted instances:

  • Free Omeka Classic site
  • Access to all Omeka plugins and themes (through the Escher plugin)
  • One free url (if you choose to purchase your own domain, we can help with set up after the purchase!)
  • (optional) Matomo site analytics
  • Introductory Training Session & additional support at DH Office Hours (see Get Help tab)

Free, Limited Hosting through Omeka

Omeka offers "trial" versions of their sites for free through To get started:

  1. Visit
  2. Click "Start Your Free Trial"

What you get with

  • One externally hosted site
  • 8 Plugins: COinS, CSV Import, Exhibit Builder, Library of Congress Suggest, Locale, OAI-PMH Harvester, SharedShelfLink, Simple Pages
  • 2 Themes: Berlin, Season

**Please note: the library provides limited troubleshooting for this service**

Subject Guide

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Katherine Ahnberg
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Technical Support

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Laurie Allen
Van Pelt Library 238.2
Skype Contact: laurie.allen

Penn Libraries Custom Omeka Suite

Flow - Penn Libraries Custom Omeka Theme

Flow - Penn Libraries Custom Omeka Theme

Flow is a colorful Omeka theme that adds a variety of unique display elements designed for oral histories and tours:

  • Items with the Oral History Item Type and text in the Transcript field will display a word cloud of the transcript.
  • Alternative, minmial theme layout for the Curatescape plugin tours
  • Configurable home page blocks

Check out some of the projects already using Flow!

Mapping Paris - Penn Libraries Custom Omeka Theme

Mapping Paris - Penn Libraries Custom Omeka Theme

Mapping Paris is an Omeka Theme designed to showcase Neatline Exhibits. Any Neatline exhibits are featured on the home page and link directly to their fullscreen views. It also adds a variety of additional features to how Neatline exhibits are displayed:

  • Narrative & pop-up windows are combined and locked to side of map
  • Images in pop-ups can be opened in a lightbox
  • Records can be filtered using tags

Philly Signs - Penn Libraries Custom Omeka Theme

Philly Signs - Penn Libraries Custom Omeka Theme

Minimalist inspired theme for video clip galleries - built for Philly Signs project:

  • Featured collections are previewed on the home homepage
  • For embedding iframes in the gallery - If you add an Item Type Element called "Embedded Video", you can paste in iframes into the element field and it will display alongside other videos in the gallery
  • Most video types will display consistently in the gallery views, using an accessible player (plyr)

CsvImportPenn - Penn Libraries Custom Omeka Plugin

CsvImportPenn - Penn Libraries Custom Omeka Plugin

This plugin allows users to import items from a simple CSV (comma separated values) file, and then map the CSV column data to multiple elements, files, tags, and/or coordinates. Each row in the file represents metadata for a single item. This plugin is useful for exporting data from one database and importing that data into an Omeka site. New in CsvImportPenn! This plugin extends the functionality of Omeka's CsvImport plugin by converting traditional latitude/longitude coordinates into a format that is importable to Neatline.

Neatline Penn - Penn Libraries Custom Omeka Plugin

Neatline Penn - Penn Libraries Custom Omeka Plugin

Neatline is a lightweight, extensible framework for creating interactive editions of visual materials - maps, paintings, photographs, and anything else that can be captured as an image. New in NeatlinePenn! This plugin offers the ability to export exhibits as CSV and/or Geojson files.

Posters Penn - Penn Libraries Custom Omeka Plugin

Posters Penn - Penn Libraries Custom Omeka Plugin

Posters allows general site visitors to create and curate "posters" or "carts" of items displayed on the site. New in Posters Penn! Expands on the existing Posters plugin to add a button for adding items to posters on the items browse and items show pages (attempting to bring Posters closer to functioning like a cart).