Using Omeka as a Gateway to Digital Projects
Johnson, Lynn F.
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The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries experienced a reorganization in 2013. As part of that reorganization, our new focus is on digital projects and open source software. According to www.omeka.org, “Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions”. It was decided to use Omeka as both a display platform and learning opportunity for our staff and community. Our Digital Creation department is learning how to adapt to both the benefits and challenges of Omeka and open source software. The decision to use Omeka as our primary exhibit and outreach tool has led to collaboration with our Special Collections, Digital Creation and Outreach & Scholarship departments. Derek Reece will talk about the challenges of embracing open source software. Lynn Johnson and Jeff Downing will describe project management challenges across multiple departments while avoiding silos. Rafia Mirza will discuss her plans to build on these projects to offer Digital Humanities outreach in the classroom.