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Omeka: Creating an online exhibit: Introduction

Learn to use Omeka

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Omeka is a web publishing platform for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits.

Different types of Omeka

If you’re new to Omeka, we recommend that you use Here, you can build an Omeka website hosted for free on the servers. works well for classroom instruction, allowing each student to manage their own site independently. The institutional account is available to Centre College faculty, staff, students, and project collaborators. Contact to discuss options.

Review the Use Policy to determine if an institutional account is right for you. (Omeka Classic)

Best for those who run an independent website on their own servers, Omeka Classic offers a full installation of Omeka on your own website with software available online for free. It requires regular site maintenance and an ability to install plugins. It is the most flexible in terms of size of files, limited only by the server you use, as well as the most flexible in appearance.

Omeka S

Is the newest version, made to be used between various institutions or locations.  Centre College uses this for the Pathways to Diversity site. vs.
LAMP server & FTP client required None required
Web-based administrative interface Web-based administrative interface
Can add, edit, and delete items, collections, and exhibits Can add, edit, and delete items, collections, and exhibits
Storage space determined by available server Storage determined by plan level
No file size limit File sized limited to 128MB and under
Unlimited number of plugins and site themes

A set of 13 standard plugins and 11 site themes


Sample Omeka Sites

Omeka Use Policy

Grace Doherty Library is happy to host sites for Centre College faculty, staff, students, and their project collaborators on the institutional account.


When requesting an site hosted by the Grace Doherty Library you agree to the following:

  • Respect the legal protection provided by copyright and licenses of programs and data. 
  • Respect the rights of others by complying with all Centre College policies regarding intellectual property.
  • Respect the rights of others by complying with all Centre College policies regarding sexual, racial and other forms of harassment, and by preserving the privacy of personal data to which you have access.  
  • Users shall take full responsibility for messages that they transmit through the Grace Doherty Library’s computers and network facilities. 

‚ÄčThere is a limited amount of server space available. Total uploads are limited to 5MB per site. Exceptions may be made on a case-to-case basis.

Any Library-hosted site that violates these terms will be deactivated immediately upon notification of the violations. 

Note that all sites on the institutional account will be reviewed annually to determine whether they are still active. Inactive accounts may be deleted, although the library will make an effort to contact the site creators as part of the determination of active status. 

Special Collections Librarian & Archivist

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Beth Morgan
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