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​The UW Libraries is offering a three-year pilot of new tools for digital scholarship and pedagogy. These tools offer robust and flexible technologies for doing digital scholarship wihtout the barriers of installing software, managing technology infrastructure, or relying on limited "free" versions. This pilot includes full access to Omeka, Wordpress, Pressbooks, Manifold, and Scalar. This is an opportunity to explore the potential of digital scholarship tools to transform research and instruction across the University.

Please contact Denise Hattwig, Head of Digital Scholarship (, to learn more.


Omeka is a robust web publishing platform for the display of scholarly exhibits and collections. Omeka is structured with ready-to-go templates, themes, and plug-ins that allow users to create polished, media-rich online projects without coding or extensive configurations. Omeka is idea for creating digital exhibits with appealing layout and presentation options with accompanying text-based scholarship.

Use Omeka if you want to:

  • Create curated online exhibits of images and media with accompanying scholarly framing and arguments
  • Develop theme-based digital collections that support scholarly work
  • Publish open, media-rich scholarly content using well-designed templates


Pressbooks is a simple book production software. You can use Pressbooks to openly publish textbooks, scholarly monographys, syllabi and assignments, fiction and non-fiction books, white papers, and more in multiple formats. Formats include MOBI (for Kindle ebooks), EPUB (for all other ebookstores), PDF (for print-on-demand and digital distribution).

Pressbooks is used by educational institutions around the world as well as authors and publishers, and is a first choice for publishing and sharing OER (Open Educational Resources) content that can be adapted and reused. See examples of UW Pressbooks projects on the UW Libraries Pressbooks Publishing Platform.


Wordpress is a personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. Wordpress is ideal for multi-faceted digital scholarship projects that require flexibility and extensibility. The over 10,000 plugins available for Wordpress can help you organize and display your scholarly content in endless ways.

Use Wordpress if you:

  • Envision a scholarly project that includes multiple types of content and layout
  • Plan to combine long-form text, static and dynamic pages, image exhibits, embedded video, links to other sites, etc.
  • Need a comprehensive website package for multiple scholarly uses

If you need a site for blogging only, please use UW IT's "UW Sites" Wordpress blogging service.


Manifold is a digital book publishing platform that allows you to upload multiple texts and embed interactive media elements into texts. Manifold is ideal for publishing completed text-based scholarship, and for uploading public-domain text for commentary using built-in annotation features. See the Manifold at the University of Washington site for examples of UW uses of Manifold.​