While Omeka.net was our best option for creating a digital art collection, there are drawbacks to the system (Rath, 2016; Kroski, 2013):
- Only the basic plan with its limited number of themes and plugins is free.
- Regarding the metadata capabilities of Omeka.net, it may be too much for some and not enough for others. For a layperson, a simple content management system, like Wordpress, might be more appropriate. However, compared with some other digital collection management systems, like Collective Access, the support for cataloging and metadata on Omeka.net is not as robust.
- Omeka.net only supports Dublin Core, and extended Dublin Core is only available in paid plans. Something like VRA that would be particularly useful to those displaying art collections is not supported.
- Another drawback for the more advanced user is that Omeka.net does not have tools for extracting and manipulating the data for use in other projects. This kind of interoperability is considered a hallmark of digital humanities research.
- Many plugins, including those that allow you to edit the HTML and CSS and enable user commenting are only available with the paid-for plans.