Omeka Plugins: Solr, BagIt, FedoraCommons

Omeka keeps becoming better and better. The Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia Libraries has released two three new plugins for Omeka, which is a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University. Thanks to Charles Bailey at Digital Koans for the news (which got updated while I was writing this post!).

The first announcement is about the SolrSearch plugin, which replaces Omeka’s default search with Solr. It’s been out in beta for a while, so I’m happy to see this one at release 1.0. According to the announcement, SolrSearch indexes Simple Pages and Exhibits. I’ll have to try installing it to see whether it also searches Collections and/or Items (based on the available documentation, it appears that it does) and to see how it integrates text and images in the results.

The second announcement is about a BagIt plugin, which “allows users to (a) generate and export Bags containing files on the site and (b) import Bags and make their contents available through the Dropbox interface.” I’ll store that one for future reference.

The third announcement is about a FedoraConnector plugin, which allows Omeka to pull in information from a FedoraCommons repository. This will provide a way for people to keep their content controlled: use FedoraCommons to provide the repository, complete with preservation workflows, and present the content via Omeka in a more user-friendly format. Very nice.

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