One of the important roles of the Bard Graduate Center's Digital Media Lab is to manage and support online tools and resources, such as blogs, wikis, and content management systems. These tools offer platforms for investigation and experimentation and are used by faculty and students for a variety of projects, from classes to theses to long-term research projects. Omeka is one of the most important online tools that the DML supports, as its object-based sensibility and virtual exhibition tools are valuable starting points for both entry-level digital projects by students and faculty as well as more involved and institutionally supported projects.
As an open-source tool created by the Roy Ronsenzweig Center for History and New Media to operate within the same intellectual and scholarly frameworks as the BGC, Omeka is both appropriate and accessible for work done in the lab. This site is a virtual laboratory space for individuals interested in the creaion of virtual exhibitions, as well as for those curious about collections management systems and the nature of the databases that organize the collections of objects that help us understand the cultural history of the material world. Some examples of the use of Omeka at the BGC include the Object of the Month archive, the BGC Craft, Art and Design Oral History Project, the digital catalog for the Making a World in a Hundred Things pop-up exhibition and the Media and Materiality course site. If you have any questions about this web site or the BGC's Digital Media Lab please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant Professor and Director of the Digital Media Lab