As a result of the award-winning collaboration between the Nunn Center and West Chester University on the Goin’ North: Stories form the Great Migration to Philadelphia  (one of the first projects to use OHMS together with Omeka),  Doug Boyd, Janneken Smucker, and Eric Weig collaborated on designing and creating a suite of plugins and themes that would better integrate OHMS with Omeka. The combination of OHMS, Omeka and Reclaim Hosting (which offers one-click installation of OHMS and Omeka), there is a very powerful, easy, and inexpensive framework for enhancing access to online oral history.


The OHMS Plugin Suite:

OHMS Import allows you to import OHMS XML files and will automatically map fields in the XML files to corresponding fields in Omeka, creating new items as the oral history item type.  Full integration of OHMS and Omeka still requires that the OHMS XML files are placed in the appropriate location on the server within the associated OHMS Viewer.


Documentation: OHMS Plugin Suite User Guide

OHMS Object utilizes the embedded OHMS Viewer to display the Oral History item.  It makes the contents of the OHMS transcript or index searchable by Omeka’s global search.


Documentation: OHMS Plugin Suite User Guide


Philly is an Omeka theme designed to optimize integration of Omeka and OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer). When used with the OHMS Plugin Suite, oral history items display in an embedded OHMS viewer and the interview’s transcript/index text is searchable at the global level. Optimal use of this theme requires implementation of the OHMS Plugin Suite in order to integrate OHMS, and the Philly Simple Gallery plugin to automatically generate a gallery page populated with oral history items. Full implementation of this theme requires the use of the Philly Simple Gallery plugin as well.

Philly Theme Download:

Philly Simple Gallery Plugin Download:

Philly Documentation: Philly Theme User Guide


Featured Examples

To see the Philly theme in action, visit: