Think of Omeka as a museum exhibit focused on a specific topic. Users create, describe, and curate items according to a robust metadata standard called Dublin Core. These description fields can be customized to fit the needs of the particular exhibit being built.

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Building an exhibit on Omeka requires selection, reflection, and ideally leads to the creation of a narrative that integrates the individual components into a meaningful whole. By leading visitors through a "guided tour" of contextualized artifacts, Omeka exhibits become vehicles for storytelling.