Today we’ll build on Monday’s introduction to Omeka. You should all have test accounts at Omeka. Today you will be adding several items to your archive and creating a basic exhibit of them. Here are the steps you should follow:
- Find a set of at least 4 items to import and save them where you can find them easily. You can use anything you’d like, but there should be a connection between the items so that the exhibit you build makes some sense. Remember also that these exhibits will be public; don’t use copyrighted images, sound files, or videos!. I searched the historical photos of St. Norbert for the keyword “computers.” The images I found could make a nice exhibit about the changing computer labs over the past 40 years at St. Norbert College.
- Add each of your items to your Omeka archive. Include as much metadata as you can using the Dublin Core areas provided by Omeka. Make sure you assign the correct item type to each item you add.
- Once all of your items are added, learn how to put them together in an exhibit. The video in the tutorial should prove especially helpful. Then try the exhibit builder out. Create an exhibit that brings the items you’ve added together. Experiment with the different layout options. Since you (probably) haven’t researched these items, you might not have reliable explanatory text to add to your exhibit. If that’s the case, add some filler text instead. The objective here is to get familiar with the exhibit builder.
- If you have time, play around with the built-in themes. Changing your site’s theme will change its entire look.
- Email me a link to your completed exhibit!
In related-but-unrelated news, The Dublin Core (the metadata standard employed by Omeka) turns 17 today!