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Omeka is a platform used for the curation of digital media and for creating online exhibits that showcase those collections. Omeka gives students opportunities to do creative work for a public audience, encouraging discussions around the construction and display of knowledge, and in the process of researching the objects in the collection.

Omeka can make image collections available in the IIIF (triple eye-eff), the International Image Interoperability Format. In doing so, collections made in Omeka can viewed using IIIF tools such as Mirador.

Why Use Omeka?

  • Websites created with Omeka can be made public or with access restricted to participants of the course
  • Omeka can reinforce good scholarly in teaching students how to catalog objects using a universally accepted format. Entering metadata and other descriptive materials can be a collaborative and open process. Omeka can encourage students to think of the ways that historians, curators, and archivists preserve and display information
  • Omeka supports community projects by using IIIF. Students can encapsulate their experiences and share those experience with a larger audience

How to Add Omeka to Your Course:

To provision an account on Princeton’s Omeka, contact the McGraw Center.

Additional Resources:

Omeka website

Blog post about Omeka

Teaching history with Omeka

DH101: Introduction to Digital Humanities – What is Omeka

Posted by April 30, 2020