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What is Omeka?

Omeka is a Swahili word meaning, “to display or lay our wares.” It’s also the name of the publishing platform used in the creation of The Lyon Archive.

The Omeka publishing platform was created in 2006 by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Like it’s well-known cousin, WordPress, Omeka enables the creation of websites. Yet, unlike other web platforms, Omeka was designed specifically to help archivists, museum and library professionals, editors, and academics display content using a selection of plugins or aps. Those plugins enable the creation of visualizations, such as timelines, maps, and multimedia exhibits, that draw from and create new knowledge about a website’s content.    

In a nutshell, Omeka is an easy-to-use publishing system used widely by libraries, archives, scholars, historical societies, museums, students, and the public to create online digital collections, editions, archives, and interpretations of such materials.