Recently, George Mason’s Center for History and New Media launched Omeka.net, a hosted web service which allows users to upload media and organize them into collections to create online exhibitions. Omeka is similar to other cloud-based content management services offered by WordPress.com, Blogger, and PBWorks, though it is geared more towards scholarship.
Omeka allows users to upload 12 types of items ranging from photographs to profiles on people to links. Once uploaded, Omeka provides a wide-ranging set of metadata elements which users can use to describe and catalog their resources. For instance, if you were to upload a video, you could also attach a transcript, additional photos, and information regarding duration of video, type and rate of compression, and producers and directors involved in the making of the video. Users can also title and provide brief write ups about each media item uploaded. Finally, users can organize items into collections.
On the front-end, Omeka provides 4 themes with basic customization features. You can upload header images, set homepage text, feature items and select which metadata will populate on the front-end.
Omeka.net does not require server or programming experience to launch and maintain. There are several levels of service available but they also offer a free account which allows you to host one site with up to 500 MB of storage. If you are interested in discussing how you might use Omeka for a class or research project, please contact us.