Omeka

20 05 2010

Omeka is a free, open source web publishing system for online digital archives  that was developed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.  It allows users to publish cultural heritage objects and curate online exhibits with digital objects.  Its software is currently being used by the New York Public Library, the Newberry Library, as well as many small museums and historical societies.

A comprehensive list of Omeka generated websites is here. In my opinion, the best of these websites is Lincoln at 200, a collaborative project of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the Chicago History Museum, and the Newberry Library. This professional looking website went live in 2009, the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.

This fantastic website does more than present short essays on various Lincoln-related topics (e.g., Lincoln’s reaction to the Dred Scott decision). The website allows readers to look at primary sources from the period. See below.