Additionally, after reading about and exploring Omeka, through the tutorials and having worked with WordPress for the last few weeks, how do you like working with these open source CMS’? Which one seems more user friendly or are they very similar?
I had an opportunity to register an Omeka account, create a simple collection, and add appropriate Dublin Core metadata this past summer while taking “Digitization” a 1-credit SLIS intercession course. Having been exposed to plug-ins and countless theme option through WordPress, I found Omeka extremely user-friendly and easy to get started with. While we didn’t have time in a one-week course to do more than scan and upload a small collection of postcards, I was struck by how much we accomplished and how there were minimal issues inherent in he interface and overall experience. Open source CMS are solid solutions for a wide range of consumers and the communities that surround open source software impresses. This impression is almost entirely gained from being involved with WordPress graduate course work, in particular last semester Information Architecture course.
Some weariness with Omeka held onto has already been shared in this forum. The issues of the minimal storage size initially offered and having to rely on a community of users rather than vendors held accountable and available when issues arise. One takes a leap when assuming that these open sourced CMS will have a longevity appropriate to a long term archival project for example. Is it perhaps better to have accountability and support and pay up front for it? Or is that an issue not even worth concerning ourselves with, considering that these options are relatively new and bound to evolve?
Regardless, I share others eagerness to dive in and use Omeka in our upcoming assignment.