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Guide to Building Omeka Exhibits

A guide to building Exhibits in UT's Omeka site, specifically Architectural Collections.

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Omeka Homepage

The Omeka homepage is a good resource to start with for learning more about basic Omeka functions, including the differences between Omeka S and Omeka Classic, and the various themes included for designing exhibits.  This is a perfect place to start for those determining whether Omeka is the right option for them in sharing their digital collections and exhibits.  

Guide to Building Omeka Exhibits

This guide will provide instructions on using Omeka through the University of Texas at Austin to build an exhibit based on our experiences at the Architecture and Planning Library.  Here at APL, we have migrated three exhibits from Drupal 6 so far, have built a new exhibit from scratch, and are working on migrating more content over from our old website.  We've found Omeka to be an easy-to-use platform for building and customizing our digital exhibits.  Our website, University of Texas Libraries Architecture Exhibitions, has been built using Omeka.net through the UT Libraries.  We maintain control over the style and content of the site and our exhibits. 

We hope to use Omeka to highlight our collections, as well as those of the Alexander Architectural Archives.  The customization options, imports, and exhibit design can be a bit tricky to navigate at first, but Omeka is very user-friendly and hopefully this guide will help make the process easier. 

University of Illinois LibGuide

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Libraries has an excellent LibGuide entitled "Omeka: A User's Guide."  The LibGuide includes useful information on how to create and manage an Omeka site, as well as building exhibits and collection and item level organization.  It also includes links to other helpful resources about using Omeka. 

Omeka Forums

The Omeka Forums can prove extremely helpful with answering questions about Omeka.  If there is something particular you want to edit in the code of Omeka, for instance, many people have published their own code to help with fixing those issues.  Oftentimes users run into the same issues, so having a community to be able to converse with is helpful. 

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