Breakout B | Making Content Shine with Omeka

11:00AM-12:45PM, Friday September 23, 2011
Instructors: Amanda French, George Mason University; Rebecca Goldman, Drexel University

Location: Franklin room (combined)

Why doesn’t my page look like the pretty ones on the Omeka website? Does Omeka now mean that I have an image repository? What is Dublin Core, and how does it relate to my materials? How do I re-purpose the metadata that I already have? During this hands-on workshop, you will work with your existing Omeka site or build a new one, and work out some of the finer points of how to make Omeka do what you want by installing plugins, customizing themes, and building exhibits. Please come with a functioning Omeka installation on your own server space to which you have FTP access, and bring a laptop with an FTP client. We will have a few Omeka installations set up for people to work with, but it will be easiest if you have Omeka installed already in your own environment.

Instructor biographies

Amanda French: “I am currently THATCamp Coordinator at the Center for History and New Media. Last year, I was an Assistant Research Scholar in the Archives and Public History program at New York University, where I helped develop a model digital curriculum, and where I developed and taught the graduate course “Creating Digital History.” Before that, I taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Victorian poetry and poetics, the Victorian period, and academic research methods for the digital age as a Teaching Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. I held the Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2004 to 2006.”

Rebecca Goldman is the Digital Archives Technician at the Drexel University Archives and Special Collections and the author of the archives webcomic Derangement and Description. In October, she’ll be joining La Salle University’s Connelly Library as the Media and Digital Services Librarian. Rebecca holds a MSLIS from Drexel University and a BA in linguistics from Swarthmore College. She has presented about the Drexel Archives’ use of Omeka at the Society of American Archivists annual meeting and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and provided individual and classroom training for new Omeka users.

Let’s discuss!

Are you registered to attend this workshop? Are there particular tasks you want to do with Omeka or features that you most want to learn how to use? Please let Amanda and Rebecca know by posting a comment below.

6 thoughts on “Breakout B | Making Content Shine with Omeka

  1. I am particularly interested in the part about learning what it might take to repurpose different types of metadata (DC, MARC, EAD) for use within one Omeka website. We at CLIR are hoping to allow recipients of our Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grants to contribute records and some digital content to a shared website, from which folks could build exhibits of digital materials from related collections across multiple institutions.

  2. My library just adopted Omeka but it has not yet been put into practice. I will probably be the first to it use for an upcoming library exhibit but have never worked with Omeka. I am hoping to have a good general over view from which new ideas can spring. Additionally, as the first user I will probably take on some training responsibilities at my institution- either student staff or other librarians.

  3. I am interested in Omeka’s scope, what it can and can’t do, and what are some of the best plug ins to use to display content. I am also interested in learning more about how Omeka can be used to connect to digital repositories held by other institutions and whether it will allow for interaction with materials held on the Hathi website – i.e. can you connect a portfolio of materials that you collate via Hathi or Internet Archive easily? I have a limited knowledge of Omeka and look forward to learning more.

  4. I am very interested in learning how to use open-source platforms such as Omeka to develop engaging, attractive web exhibits on historical topics that are rich in images and content. I want to do more than simply presenting text and images in a static manner (my experience so far with web exhibits). I would like users to be able to explore details in images in a seamless way, and to have easy access to multiple layers of content (such as transcriptions and translations of primary source documents, or many links from an interactive timeline). I would also like to know how far a novice can go with Omeka on his or her own, and when a developer is necessary.

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