After talking about it for several months, PKAP decided to experiment with the program Omeka. The developers of the program describe it as:
- Omeka is a web platform for publishing collections and exhibitions online. Designed for cultural institutions, enthusiasts, and educators, Omeka is easy to install and modify and facilitates community-building around collections and exhibits. Omeka is free and open source. The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) is partnering with the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) to develop Omeka as a next-generation online display platform for museums, historical societies, scholars, collectors, educators, and more.
Since PKAP has server space at IUP, I have been talking to my technical support guys about setting it up. My main concern is that according to the Omeka website it requires:
IUP had the Apache server, Mysql, and PHP. The computer guys went ahead and acquired ImageMagick, but set it up all on a Windows server. They told me that they believed that it would work on a Windows server even though it says it required a Linux operating system. Their logic was that you used to have the Linux system to run the other items, but that they all now run on Windows. I had to take their word for it since I know very little about servers. They seem to be right since it is now up and running. There is a minor glitch though, the system will not email passwords out to new accounts – this has something to do with the security settings on the IUP mail server. We are hoping to set up an exhibit to test out the system and hopefully will have it for viewing in the next few weeks.