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Omeka Online Exhibitions: Getting Started

Information for students and staff interested in creating web exhibitions in Omeka.

Online Exhibitions at Yale University Library

All Yale University Library online exhibitions are supported by Omeka. Omeka is designed to be a user-friendly platform for creating online exhibitions that showcase Yale library collections in an organized fashion. Yale students, faculty and staff can use Omeka to create stand-alone online exhibitions highlighting their research supported by Yale collections, or as an optional companion to a physical exhibition that uses our library collections. Omeka online exhibitions are not meant for conference websites or non-Yale collections.

Omeka Exhibitions

View some Yale University Library Omeka online exhibitions below.

Online Exhibition Policies

Who can create an Omeka online exhibition?

  • A Yale University student or faculty member can create an Omeka online exhibition with the sponsorship of a library department.
  • Any Yale University Library staff member can curate an Omeka online exhibition with approval from their department.

What is the relationship of physical exhibitions to Omeka online exhibitions?

  • Omeka online exhibitions are created independent of physical exhibitions.
  • Online-only exhibitions are encouraged.

What is required of an Omeka online exhibition curator?

  • Curators are responsible for contacting the Omeka Expert Users Group to request access to Omeka.  Please submit an exhibition proposal, which will be reviewed by the Omeka Expert Users Group.
  • Curators will take full responsibility for creating the online exhibition, which includes: 
    • Gather metadata for exhibition materials.
    • Gather and format images of exhibition materials.
    • Confirm fair use of each image using Fair Use Analysis Tool worksheet.
    • Prepare additional content such as narrative text and captions.
    • Plan the narrative sequence and layout for the exhibition.
    • Build the exhibition in Omeka using the above components.
    • The curator is responsible for addressing any issues that may arise regarding content or copyright.

  • Students may assist in exhibition creation at the curator's discretion. 

What support is available for creating an Omeka online exhibition?

  • Each curator will be assigned an Expert User who can assist with basic technical support and content development advice. 
  • Expert Users are available to provide guidance but will not create the Omeka online exhibition. 
  • Technical guidelines for creating Omeka online exhibitions are available in the Handbooks and Documentation tab of this LibGuide.
  • The Expert User will review completed Omeka online exhibitions before publishing to ensure that technical standards have been met.
  • Yale Library IT will only officially support Omeka for maintenance and migration, should a new system be adopted.

What does maintaining an Omeka online exhibition involve?

  • The Omeka online exhibition curator is responsible for reviewing their own exhibitions at least once every year, or following a major Omeka upgrade.
  • The Omeka Expert Users Group will notify all curators when a major Omeka upgrade occurs. 
  • Any problems found during review must be addressed by the curator.
  • If an Omeka online exhibition curator leaves Yale University Library, they must designate another person from the sponsoring department to continue reviews going forward.

Use of platforms other than Omeka

  • YUL has decided to use Omeka as the single online exhibition platform. No other platforms are supported at this time.

If you still have questions about online exhibitions, please contact a member of the Omeka Expert Users Group.

Omeka Expert User Group