4/24/13 Presentation to UCLA Spring Quarter 2013 General Education Cluster 66CW about building an Omeka Exhibit
My sample Omeka site: alexitc.omeka.net
- What is the point of using Omeka? One word answer: exhibits.
- Dublin Core – a standard list of metadata fields used by archivists worldwide to describe items
- Items – objects – be they photographs, sculptures, books, ideas, etc. – that you are documenting
- Collections – An item can be part of a collection of like-items, for instance “Collection of pen nibs.” Items cannot be in more than one collection. Think of the collection as a room in which you store your items – you can’t store an item in two separate rooms!
- Exhibits – Omeka makes exhibits. Creating an exhibit in Omeka is akin to curating an exhibition in a museum. Exhibits consist of “Sections” (various rooms in the exhibition) and “Pages” (the walls of particular rooms in the exhibition).
- Sections – These are the “rooms” of your exhibit. They can be used strategically to organize “Pages” on which you will arrange like “items.”
- Simple pages – You can use this feature to create pages unconnected with your items. Examples include “About” pages, links to resources, links to other websites pertinent to your site, and so forth.
- Create an Omeka.net account, create a site, and then in you Dashboard, go to Settings > Manage plugins and “Enable” your “Simple Pages” and “Exhibit Builder.” (For a very good tutorial on how to do all this, check out Miriam Posner’s instructions here.)
- Start adding “Items.”
- Fill in the Dublin Core metadata for your items.
- Add “tags” to your items to help categorize them.
- Make items “public” when you want them to be seen on your site.
- Organize like items into “Collections” (which can be browsed by site visitors).
- Design your “Exhibit(s),” drawing from your collected items to tell a story, make an argument, or synthesize information for your visitors.
- Organize your Exhibit into various deliberate “Sections” and within these sections, arrange “Pages” that center around a particular idea or point.
- Final considerations: themes that suit your exhibits, an “about” page (use “Simple pages” to make one), roles of co-curators, and what items/collections/exhibits you want to “feature” on your home page.
- Here’s a link to a video tutorial about creating an Omeka collection.
- Here’s a link to Miriam Posner’s excellent first post on Omeka site creation (from which I draw heavily here). And here’s a link to her second post on the subject.
- Here and here are Miriam’s also excellent handouts about Omeka which you might find helpful.