Omeka Classic 101

Basics of Omeka Classic


The purpose of this website is to provide a basic overview of Omeka Classic, an open-source content management platform created and maintained by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. This website is specifically aimed at UNC SILS students, although hopefully it will be useful to other people wanting an introduction to Omeka Classic. This site will address some of Omeka Classic’s extended functionalities, which are facilitated through plugins such as Simple Pages and Exhibit Builder. Relevant documentation and readings are provided to address pragmatic and theoretical issues raised by Omeka Classic.

You can move through this website at your own pace. However, if you would like a more structured approach to this site and its content, I recommend breaking it into 4 weeks, completing one unit each week.


From this website visitors will:

  • Learn about and understand the basic functions of Omeka Classic
  • Use Omeka Classic’s dashboard
  • Understand the different user levels/privileges available
  • Catalog items and assign items to appropriate collections
  • Create pages in Omeka Classic
  • Create exhibits in Omeka Classic
  • Understand the larger context in which Omeka Classic exists and its potential uses and pitfalls
Course Content

Unit 1: Introduction to Omeka Classic and the Dashboard

Unit 2: Items, Collections, and Dublin Core

Unit 3: Pages and Exhibits

Unit 4: Uses and Future Potential


Manuals and Documentation:

Omeka-Related Articles:

Description-Related Articles*:

*Please note that this list is very much a work-in-progress.