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Digital Platforms

U-M History public engagement projects use a variety of digital platforms, but the most common are ArcGIS (for mapping) and Omeka (for online exhibits).

Mapping (ArcGIS, StoryMaps)

ArcGIS is a geographic information system (GIS) for working with maps and geographic information. It is used for a varety of mapping applications, including creating and manipulating maps, sharing geographic data, analyzing mapped information, and more.

ArcGIS is used in multiple U-M History public engagement projects. U-M's Clark Library offers a variety of resources, from free licenses to workshops and consultation, to support the platform. 

StoryMaps allows users to present their ArcGIS maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. View the StoryMaps gallery for sample projects.

Online Exhibits (Omeka)

Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. 

This platform is used widely for online, digital exhibitions created by U-M History public engagement projects, including Michigan in the World and U-M HistoryLabs

U-M History maintains server space for Omeka installations, which are coordinated by LSA IT. U-M History staff offer training and consultation for users. Contact history.engagement@umich.edu for more information.