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Omeka: Neatline

Tips, tutorials, and recommendations for using Omeka to publish online multimedia exhibits, digital heritage and research projects.

What is Neatline?

What is Neatline?

Neatline is a versatile plugin for Omeka that facilitates the communication of any space and/or time-based narratives. Unlike the “Exhibit” feature of Omeka—which is effective in static, gallery-style sequencing of images and text—Neatline presents a more interactive environment that embeds items and narratives within their geographical spaces and times (Salehian, n.d.a, with materials from 


Neatline from UCLA Center for Digital Humanities Intro to Digital Humanities: Provides an overview of Neatline and sample maps.

Neatline User Guide: Designed to be a comprehensive introduction to Neatline.

Neatline Time: Provides helpful information on setting dates and constructing queries.

Editing Record Imagery: Discusses how to layer images on top of Neatline's map base layer.

Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 1 – Georeferencing by David McClure

Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 2 – Transparency by David McClure

Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 3 – GeoServer by David McClure


Neatline Examples

SPAN 630: Seminar in Hispanic Studies, taught by Benjamin Fraser is an interdisciplinary digital humanities-centered course conducted in Spanish at the graduate level.  Course assignments focused on Madrid's central artery - The Gran Vía - an emblem of urban modernity that plays an explicit and implicit role in numerous cultural products from the 20th century. Students reviewed a variety of visual texts and collaborated with Professor Benjamin Fraser and library faculty Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem to create an interactive map using Neatline to compliment the Gran Vía Madrid Digital Humanities exhibit.

Starting with the large arrow at the far right (east) and moving left (westward), click on each of the highlighted areas to learn more about Madrid's Gran Vía.

Neatline 2.0 Timelapse

Neatline 2.0 Timelapse from clured on YouTube.

What has changed in version 2.0?

Two new features, a user-privleges system and an exhibit-specific theming system (McClure, 2013a).

The set of features that was bundled together in the original version of Neatline has been split into three separate plugins (McClure, 2013b).

  • Neatline – The core map-making toolkit and content management system.
  • NeatlineWaypoints – A list of sortable waypoints, the new version of the vertical “Item Browser” panel from the 1.x series.
  • NeatlineSimile – The SIMILE Timeline widget.