Omeka and others

As pointed out by our discussion leaders there are a large number of CMS in existence, we only know about a few of them.  Since I do not currently work in a library system all of them are new to me.  The Kucsma, et. all article I think was a good look at how Omeka would work in practice.  What caught my attention concerning Omeka is how easy it is to use for an individual without a  background in technology. 

Since Omeka was created to assist smaller organizations they seem to be aware those organizations are the ones less likely to afford an IT department.  Yet, ease of use does not seem to have stopped the program from being helpful.  From a library perspective it was great to see the emphasis Omeka places on a wide range of item types and metadata.  If an organization is starting small and uses a program like Omeka they’ll still have a solid system which did not compromise standards.

Thinking back to last week’s discussion about the DPLA it make me wonder if that group will have a program like Omeka for libraries to add their collection.  If the DPLA wants to create a well-organized digital library they will have to come up with a way to impose metadata standards (among other standards).  If Omeka is well-known in the library world it might be a good place to start.

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3 responses to “Omeka and others

  1. Good point! I think you’re right – the DPLA is definitely going to have to come up with a way to impose metadata standards if they want the project to be successful and well-organized. Although Omeka is designed for smaller collections, I wouldn’t be surprised if something similar comes along that can handle bigger multi-item collections like the DPLA and other projects… and I wonder how far off something like that is.

  2. I also like your point about the DPLA needing to find something like Omeka. What I found interesting is that most open source CMS’ are constructed by an outside group or institution to fit a specific need (Omeka was created by George Mason University and Greenstone by the University of Waikato) and the DPLA is doing something similar. The DPLA committee was/is calling on people within the library community to help create the system. They asked for submissions of ideas on the construction of the DPLA system and they have hackfests or appfests to come up with ways to make it all work. In fact, the last appfest was on Feb. 11th of this year (http://dp.la/wiki/Main_Page). What do people think about doing it this way? Is it more advantageous to construct your own or to work with existing CMS’?

  3. My understanding is DPLA so far has invested their efforts on defining metadata schema, application profiles (or user cases) and the platform. It seems they don’t have plan yet on offering CMS tools.

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