After more than two years of planning and development, and six months of Alpha testing, CHNM is pleased to announce the public launch of Beta. Anyone may sign up for an account today. is a hosted web service that brings standards-based online collections and exhibitions to the internet cloud. Simply create a username and password at, and your online collection or exhibition website is up and running. Similar to cloud-based content management services offered by, Blogger, and PBWorks—but geared to the needs of scholarship and cultural heritage—no server or programming experience is required to launch an website. With, users can build digital exhibits, map photographs, collect memories from web audiences, or publish new scholarship in a few easy steps. will offer five plans for users that include a range of options from building one site using a few plugins and themes to deploying an unlimited number of sites that uses an extensive set of add-ons and designs. These plans, including a basic free option, are available to accommodate a variety of individual and institutional users. is an outgrowth of the Omeka project, in partnership with Minnesota Historical Society and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library of Congress, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

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  4. Hi,
    I am currently a MLS candidate and have been working with my local historical society. Last semester I worked on a digital archiving project involving the server-based Omeka. It was wonderful! I would like to create a digital archive for the historical society, but I need to demonstrate collections and exhibits for them first. If I start the project in the the free .net account, will I be able to move the items to a server-based Omeka installation?

    Thanks, Molly Bailey-Dillon

  5. sbrennan says:

    You will, although that functionality is not quite ready yet.