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Omeka

Omeka is a free and open-source software that provides museums, historical societies, libraries and individuals with an easy to use platform for publishing collections and creating attractive, standards-based, interoperable online exhibits. Omeka is designed to satisfy the needs of cultural institutions that lack technical staffs and large budgets. Bringing Web 2.0 technologies and approaches to small museum, historical society, and library websites, Omeka fosters the kind of user interaction and participation that is central the mission of those cultural institutions. Omeka was funded initially by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. In 2010, Omeka.net launched to provide an affordable hosted version of the software for those who did not have the technical skill or the means to host their own installations. Finally, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, development is underway on Omeka S, a multisite version of Omeka designed to meet the needs of large libraries and institutions with major collections and many users.

Current funded initiatives include:

  • Principle Investigator, “Omeka Everywhere: Connecting online and in-person museum experiences with Omeka and Open Exhibits,” Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant for Museums. Total Awarded: $390,999. (October 1, 2014-September 30, 2017).
  • Principle Investigator, “Opening Omeka Collections to Distant and Close Reading,” Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant for Libraries. Total Awarded: $247,926. (October 1, 2014-September 30, 2017).
  • Principle Investigator, “Omeka S Extended.” Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Total Awarded: $135,000. (April 1, 2015-March 31, 2016).
  • Principle Investigator, “Omeka S, Enhanced Description and Dissemination,” National Leadership Grant for Libraries, Institute of Museum and Library Services. Total Awarded: $249,336. (October 1, 2015-September 30, 2018).


Position: Director

URL: http://omeka.org

Awards: 2008 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award for Technology Collaboration.

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