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Introduction to Omeka

Omeka is a free Content Management System (CMS) and a web publishing system built by and for scholars that is used by hundreds of archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, and individual researchers and teachers to create searchable online databases and scholarly online interpretations of their digital collections. If you have a digital collection of primary sources that you want to publish online in a scholarly way, you’ll want to consider Omeka. Omeka allows to describe the items according to archival standards, import and export that descriptive information from other systems, and to create as many interpretive online exhibits as you like from those items.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand some of the conceptual challenges faced when developing digital archives
  • Create an online database of digital archival items
  • Create a public facing exhibition featuring items from your collections

Introduction >>>

Theoretical Concerns
Getting Started with
Create an Omeka Site
Themes and Plugins
Add an Item
Create a Collection
Digital Exhibitions

Additional Resources

Omeka Classic,, or Omeka S?
Next Steps/Resources

Session Leader: Stefano Morello
Credit: This workshop was developed by Stefano Morello, based on Amanda French's Introduction to Omeka Lesson Plan

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