17 03 2010

The Omeka team is reaching for the clouds with the impending arrival of, a hosted web service that will bring standards-based online collections and exhibitions to the internet cloud. Be first in line for an invitation to try the free Alpha, including a special bundle of plugins, themes, and storage, when it launches in April. is a project of the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University. is an outgrowth of the Omeka project. Omeka launched in 2008 as a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Omeka is designed with non-IT specialists in mind, allowing users to focus on content and interpretation rather than programming. It brings Web 2.0 technologies and approaches to academic and cultural websites to foster user interaction and participation. It makes top-shelf design easy with a simple and flexible templating system. Its robust open-source developer and user communities underwrite Omeka’s stability and sustainability. will expand Omeka’s current offerings with a completely web-based service. No server or programming experience required. Similar to services offered by WordPress, the popular open-source blogging software, with the launch of users will be able to sign up for a free hosted Omeka site. Just create a username and password, and your online collection or exhibition is up and running.

This new hosted web service will further the Omeka project’s mission to make collections-based online publishing more accessible to small cultural heritage institutions, individual scholars, enthusiasts, educators, and students.

Read more about the Omeka project


Repositories and the cloud – useful links via JISC

4 03 2010

Links prepared for the JISC and Eduserv  meeting to discuss repositories and the cloud on Tuesday 23rd of February. Full details are on the event website and Andy Powell has written a great blog post introducing the event and asking for people’s views. See, also, repositories in the cloud report for a recap of the event.

Repository specific links:

General cloud information:

JISC links:

Repositories and the Cloud Report

1 03 2010

JISC/Eduserve event Repositories and the Cloud – twitter stream from the event. Videos and slides of the presentations have been posted. Also, check out Gareth Johnston @ U o L Library Blog. He  posts a good recap of the event.