Thursday, September 17, 2009

Austin 2009 Recap

Although it's been several weeks since attending the Society of American Archivists Conference in Austin, Texas, I still wanted to include some of the highlights. Below is information on Session 306.

Of all the programs I attended, the one on Omeka (Session 306) has excited me the most. A project of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Omeka is "WordPress for exhibits." It appears to be a very easy way to publish professional-looking online displays of our collections without programing or html code knowledge. It's open source, and it uses Dublin Core metadata. With the ability to drag and drop items, such as images, into various display options and themes, this may be a viable solution for publicizing our materials. I love the idea of being able to include video clips and oral history interviews in our online displays, or to use zoomify for maps, as seen in the Lincoln at 200 web exhibits.

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