Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Omeka for OurHeritage

We were looking for software to use for our ever expanding collection of digitised images and media.  A FileMaker Pro database had been used in backend along with PHP for a number of years, but it was going to require a lot of work to bring it up to speed to current needs for compliance (ie. OAI-PMH etc) and social trends (Sharing via twitter, Facebook etc).

Omeka looked like a suitable replacement.  It offered many benefits for us and our small team.  Firstly, it was open source (and therefore reasonably customisable to our needs for this part of the world), it had an active community creating plugins, and it had a solid start in life (being created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University).

Fast forward a year.  We've been working on Omeka for a few months now (in and around other work).  It is about to go into 'beta testing', but a short clip has been prepared to show what you might expect to see once it officially 'goes live'.

Here it is...


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