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Omeka 2.0 Released

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Asset Management Systems, Open Source Software on January 25th, 2013

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has released Omeka 2.0.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The most important improvement is a completely revamped admin interface, which includes many features to improve workflow and make it easier to build your sites. The search functionality is also dramatically improved, and covers much more of the content in the sites. . . .

Omeka users will notice improvements right away with an upgrade to 2.0 or the launch a new installation. For example, site administrators have much better tools to build custom site navigation without having to hack around in the code (Check for "Navigation" under the Appearance settings.) Also, you'll notice major improvements in file handling. Now you can reorder item files, and the system produces derivatives (thumbnails, etc.) from a much wider array of file types, not just image files.

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    Scholars’ Lab Releases BagIt and SolrSearch Plugins for Omeka

    Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Asset Management Systems, Open Source Software on October 9th, 2012

    The Scholars' Lab has Released BagIt and SolrSearch Plugins for Omeka.

    Here's an excerpt from the BagIt announcement:

    BagIt is a specification by the Library of Congress for creating containers of files with metadata. . . .

    The first part of this release is the BagIt PHP library. This is a generic PHP library for working with BagIt files. . . .

    The second part is the BagIt Omeka plugin. This is built upon the BagIt library and provides an easy-to-use user interface for it.

    Here's an excerpt from the SolrSearch announcement:

    SolrSearch allows you to replace Omeka's default search with Solr. Solr is a standard, popular, open source, fast text search engine server. It handles hit highlighting, date math, numeric aggregation functions (mean, max, etc.), indexing for 33 languages, replication, and many, many more things.

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      CONTENTdm Cookbook: Recipes for Metadata Entry for UofL Digital Initiatives

      Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Asset Management Systems, Metadata on March 27th, 2011

      Rachel Howard of the University of Louisville Libraries' Special Collections department has released the CONTENTdm Cookbook: Recipes for Metadata Entry for UofL Digital Initiatives.

      Here's an excerpt:

      This document is intended as a guide to data entry and descriptive cataloging for University of Louisville (UofL) digital projects using CONTENTdm software. It will be updated as modifications in the software and/or metadata schema necessitate. CONTENTdm’s metadata is based on the Dublin Core Metadata Schema. A UofL Metadata Working Group drafted initial guidelines based on The Collaborative Digitization Program (CDP)’s Dublin Core Metadata Best Practices, which was further refined by the CONTENTdm Metadata Working Group’s Best Practices for CONTENTdm and other OAI-PMH compliant repositories creating shareable metadata (

      As we began to work with CONTENTdm, we felt it necessary to adjust CDP’s recommendations to accommodate the capabilities, limitations, and additional field properties presented by the software. We also modified some of the field labels to make more sense to the end-user, and put the fields in an order that highlighted the descriptive metadata at the top of the record and relegated the more administrative and technical information at the bottom.

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        Omeka 1.2 Released

        Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Asset Management Systems, Museums on April 8th, 2010

        The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has released Omeka 1.2.

        Here's an excerpt from the download page

        Omeka version 1.2 includes following features and plug-ins:

        • Four themes that are easy to adapt with simple CSS changes and theme configuration
        • Exhibit Builder plugin with 12 page layouts and 5 exhibit themes
        • Tagging for items and exhibits
        • RSS feeds for items
        • COinS plug-in making items readable by Zotero
        • SimplePages plugin for easily making static pages

        Here's a brief description of Omeka from Omeka: Serious Web Publishing.

        Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Its "five-minute setup" makes launching an online exhibition as easy as launching a blog. 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.

        Read more about it at "Configurable Themes in 1.2."

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          CONTENTdm Version 5.2 Released

          Posted in Digital Asset Management Systems on November 19th, 2009

          OCLC has released CONTENTdm version 5.2.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          With the new release, the CONTENTdm Project Client now supports auto updates, enabling users to get updates as quickly as they are available. It automatically checks for software updates in the background, so work is not interrupted. If updates are available, they are downloaded but not installed until the organization is ready.

          To better support text-based collections, PDF print quality can now be specified in the Project Client, enabling users to select a quality level when generating optional print versions of their compound objects. For users with large, full-text collections, several enhancements improve performance and reduce indexing times. Other enhancements include the addition of a new thesaurus, Canadian Subject Headings (CSH), and configuration options to filter hits in Usage Reports.

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            Omeka 1.1 Released

            Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Asset Management Systems, Open Source Software on October 19th, 2009

            Version 1.1 of Omeka has been released. Omeka is a "free and open source collections based web-based publishing platform for scholars, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, educators, and cultural enthusiasts."

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            In 1.1., users will have more control over their installation through the admin interface, such as:

            • Toggling more easily between the public site and the item and collection pages by clicking on a new "View on Public Site" link;
            • Browsing through more than 10 collections;
            • Managing and upgrading plugins;
            • Displaying only item fields containing metadata on the public site with a new setting in the theme panel (without needing to edit on the server).

            Read more about it at "Release Notes for 1.1."

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              CONTENTdm Image Viewer: dmMonocle 1.0 Released

              Posted in Digital Asset Management Systems, Digital Media, Open Source Software on September 30th, 2009

              The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries have released dmMonocle 1.0.

              Here's an excerpt from the project page:

              dmMonocle is a stand-alone image viewer for CONTENTdm® collections, intended as a replacement for the default image viewer provided with CONTENTdm® 4.x and 5.x. The goal of the project is to make CONTENTdm® images, such as photos, maps, and scanned documents, easier to view and navigate. dmMonocle is written in JavaScript using jQuery, and provides patrons with the ability to zoom, pan, and rotate images on the fly without reloading the entire page. dmMonocle slices up large images into smaller square tiles, loading only the tiles in the visible area, much like Google Maps. In addition to the improved main viewing area, dmMonocle provides a thumbnail-sized navigator, showing patrons which part of the larger image they are viewing. The navigator may also be used to quickly move around an image

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                "Systems for Managing Digital Media Collections"

                Posted in Digital Asset Management Systems, Digital Media on September 16th, 2009

                JISC Digital Media has released "Systems for Managing Digital Media Collections."

                Here's an excerpt :

                Everyone's collection and context is unique, so your choice of a system (or systems) for managing your media will require a careful assessment of your needs and resources and an evaluation of the available options. This paper provides an overview of a number of different approaches to digital media management: from some very cheap and 'low-tech' approaches to much more complex and specialised solutions. Another paper in this series discusses some of the commonly available functionality in more detail and raises some key questions to consider when choosing a system . . .

                We have given more than thirty examples of systems below, with links to further descriptions on JISC Digital Media's website or to external sites. These examples are not meant to be exhaustive or to imply any sort of endorsement or criticism: they are offered for information purposes only. This is a competitive and fast-changing environment, in which new versions are pushed out, new systems emerge, and last year's cutting-edge features become standard issue.

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