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Omeka: Neatline

Guide to accompany library workshop on building online collections with Omeka. Omeka is a free, open source platform for publishing digital collections on the web.

What is Neatline?

Neatline is an Omeka.ORG addon that allows you to use the maps and mapping to help tell stories using your curated collections.  It is "a lightweight, extensible framework for creating interactive editions of visual materials -- maps, paintings, photographs, and anything else that can be captured as an image.  You can use Neatline to, among other things, plot georeferenced points, to show spatial change across time, and to create detailed annotations of images.  Neatline provides a tool for easily creating interactive maps and images that can be made available online.

Examples of Neatline Exhibits

The Whiskey Rebellion:  An Interactive Mapping Project (link)
   This site was built as a digital thesis for a masters degree in Public History at NYU.

The Black Liberation 1969 Archive (link)

Jedediah Hotchkiss and The Battle of Chancellorsville (link)

"My Dear Little Nelly":  Hotchkiss Maps of the Battle of Battle of Fredericksburg for His Child (link)

Perspectives on the Haram (link)

Mapping Mandeville:  The Travels of John Mandeville on the Hereford Map (link)

Neatline Documentation and Help

Help from Neatline

The "Documents" section of Neatline's webpage includes a number of step-by-step instructions for setting up Neatline and getting your projects off of the ground.  You can find it here:


Neatline allows you to use its native CSS to manipulate images on the map.  The specifics of the CSS commands are available through Neatline's documents section, here:


Help from Other Places

Neatline has also collected a list of sites that offer a community of support to using Neatline.  You may find a list of those sites here:


At Cornell

There are a number of ways to georeference historical maps.  You can use a program like ArcGis, many of which which are available to the Cornell community through CISER or through through terminals at Mann Library and the Olin Library map room.


Other Resources for Georeferencing

The New York Public Library System maintains a platform called Map Warper, which allows you to upload historical maps, georeference them, and export the results as images, tiles, or in WMS format.  You can find there site here:

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