Sample Omeka Sites

Important Terms

Omeka is organized in a very modular way. We’re going to learn about the relevant technical details and how to use it in class on Thursday, November 19. But here are some basic definitions:

  • Items are the building blocks of any Omeka site. They are the objects and materials that Collections and Exhibits are made of. They might be photographs, documents, or other archival materials.
  • Collections are groups or buckets of items. They are a way to organize all of the Items related to your chosen dead writing technology in one place. In Omeka, each Item can only belong to one Collection.
  • Exhibits are a way to interpret your Items and Collections. Exhibits are composed of pages, generally an initial page that introduces your exhibit and subsequent pages composed of the Items that you wish to highlight and/or relate to each other. Exhibits are made of already-added Items from the site’s various Collections. But unlike in Collections, an Item can belong to more than one Exhibit.
  • Metadata: Data that describes other data. Omeka employs the Dublin Core metadata element set, a standard for libraries and museums.

Omeka Tutorial

Read through this tutorial for a very simple introduction to Omeka: This tutorial also has good advice about how to plan your group’s Exhibit.

Image Resources

Places to find good public domain/CC images:

  • Wikimedia Commons
  • Flickr
  • Google Image search > click “Search Tools” > choose “Usage Rights” > choose “Labeled for reuse,” “Labeled for noncommercial reuse with modification” and/or “Labeled for noncommerical reuse”

Add to This Page

As you work on your Collection and Exhibit, please add tips, warnings, discoveries, suggestions, etc about Omeka and how it works for your classmates as comments on this page. This will help us to keep a running record of any potential problems and (hopefully) solutions to those problems.