• Omeka-S is the enterprise version of Omeka
  • Omeka Classic originally intended for small institutions – local historical societies, etc.
  • Larger institutions developed interest, needed an institution-wide IT solution to support numerous users and sites
  • WordPress multi-site segregates contents of each site; Omeka-S shares content across sites (available for all institutional users to see and use)


  • Item (same concept as Omeka Classic)
    • Dublin Core metadata (title, description, etc.)
    • Not only text, but also links to other items, URIs, media (files or HTML code), dedicated YouTube video (with variable start/end time for shorter segments)
    • Items can be in multiple collections, not just one
  • Vocabulary
    • Set of established metadata labels (Dublin Core, Bibliographic Ontology)
  • Resource Template
    • Set of metadata labels the user wishes to utilize for a class of items
    • Labels of any resource template are drawn from one or more vocabularies
  • Item Set
    • Analogous to a collection in Omeka Classic
    • Any label applicable to an item can be applied to an item set
    • Allows large groups of items to be added to pages more easily
  • Site
    • More complicated and versatile than Omeka Classic
    • Content of each page built separately
    • Navigation between pages established independently

Major Tools

  • CSV Importer
  • Omeka-2 Importer
  • Custom Vocabularies
  • Zotero Importer


  • Two levels of permissions – global (institution-wide) and specific to an individual site
    • Global Administrator – Site Administrator – Editor – Reviewer – Author – Researcher
    • Users can have different permission levels for different sites (except Global Administrators)