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Introduction to Omeka. Omeka is a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University. What is Omeka ? - An Open Source web publishing platform - Used by libraries, archives, museums, and scholars through a set of commonly recognizable standards

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introduction to omeka

Introduction to Omeka

Omeka is a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University

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What is Omeka?

- An Open Source web publishing platform

- Used by libraries, archives, museums, and scholars through a set of commonly recognizable standards

- Build many different types of sites

  • Display collections
  • Build exhibits
  • Create teaching sites
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Examples of other Open Source web publishing platforms

  • WordPress (originated as a blogging program, text-based)
  • Drupal (longer setup and planning time)
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Omeka’s interface is similar to Wordpress

  • From the Admin panel you can change the look and feel of your site by using theme templates.
  • Uses a mySQL database, PHP, and CSS
  • Allows user to modify theme templates by going into the CSS files.
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Advantages to using OPEN SOURCE WEB PUBLISHING

  • FREE! You don’t have to purchase or install software on your computer
  • There’s a community of Omeka users that share information
  • You can search the Omeka website for the information you need and usually find the answers.
  • There’s documentation and tutorials on how to add items, manage themes, upgrade announcements at www.Omeka.org

Disadvantages

  • There’s no user manual
  • Difficult installation and no tech support
  • You need to search for the answers.
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Why use Omeka vs.WordPress?

• Searchable

• Built in Dublin Core metadata capabilities

Dublin Core Fields conform to internationally implemented metadata standards

•Create collections

•Build exhibits with a drag and drop exhibit builder plug-in

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ITEMS

  • In omeka, you store “items”.
  • Item are either digital resources
    • images
    • video
  • or something non-digital of which you are storing a digital representation of
    • person
    • event
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2 Aspects to Items

  • The item itself which is the collection of files
  • The metadata about the items
    • Metadata is a description that can be attached to a “record”.
    • These item-specificDublin Core metadata fields can be changed using the web interface
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Dublin Core Metadata

  • Title
  • Subject
  • Description
  • Type
  • Source
  • Creator, publisher, contributor
  • Rights, date, format
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Omeka Item Types

  • Sound A resource whose content is primarily intended to be rendered as audio.
  • Still Image A static visual representation. Examples of still images are: paintings, drawings, graphic designs, plans and maps.
  • Website A resource comprising of a web page or web pages and all related assets ( such as images, sound and video files, etc. ).
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Omeka Item Types

  • Event A non-persistent, time-based occurrence. Metadata for an event provides descriptive information that is the basis for discovery of the purpose, location, duration, and responsible agents associated with an event. Examples include an exhibition, webcast, conference, workshop, open day, performance, battle, trial, wedding, tea party, conflagration.
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Omeka Item Types

  • Person An individual, biographical data, birth and death, etc.
  • Interactive Resource A resource requiring interaction from the user to be understood, executed, or experienced. Examples include forms on Web pages, applets, multimedia learning objects, chat services, or virtual reality environments
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Omeka Item Types

  • Email A resource containing textual messages and binary attachments sent electronically from one person to another or one person to many people.
  • Lesson Plan Instructional materials.
  • Hyperlink Title, URL, Description or annotation.
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Omeka Item Types

  • Person An individual, biographical data, birth and death, etc.
  • Interactive Resource A resource requiring interaction from the user to be understood, executed, or experienced. Examples include forms on Web pages, applets, multimedia learning objects, chat services, or virtual reality environments
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Build your archive by adding items to your Omekasite

  • Omeka has items.
  • Omeka also has files. They attach to items.
  • Omeka sometimes needs to collectively refer to items and types.
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File Storage

  • The “archive” directory stores files.
  • The original is in “files”.
  • Derivative files are in
    • “thumbnails”
    • “fullsize”
    • “square_thumbnails”
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Omeka Tags

  • Enables you to tag items with keywords to help users navigate your site.
  • A tag is a way forOmekato group items together.
  • Each item can have multiple tags and each tag can item can have multiple tags.