Monday, November 01, 2010

New OS Cloud Tool for Digital Collections

Interesting new OS cloud service Omeka.net is based on Wordpress, but offers a scalable solution for web collections. Annual pricing plans range from $25/yr to $1000/yr.

Quoted in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education:
"Museum archives and scholarly collections have a new home online with yesterday’s release of Omeka.net Beta, a cloud-based Web-publishing platform from the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

The program—commonly called “WordPress for museums” by its users—is a Web edition of the popular Omeka open-source content-management software that lets users create their own digital archives without having to download and code the software themselves. Though modeled on WordPress, the Omeka beta program is designed to store and display archival material—videos, documents, and images—rather than just blog entries. Whereas WordPress “is really good for doing journalism,” said Tom Scheinfeldt, the center’s managing director, “Omeka is very good at managing collections data.”
Seems like a reasonable cost for a hosted solution, and a good alternative for those not interested in downloading & configuring the free version.

What Is Omeka from Omeka on Vimeo.

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