Middlebury

User:Motlatsi Nkhahle

USING OMEKA 2+

This article provides detailed information on how to create and build a site using Omeka. For quick information, see:


ABOUT OMEKA

WHAT IS OMEKA

Omeka(oh-MECK-uh) is a free Content Management System (CMS) that makes it easy to:

  • Collect, store and exhibit digital objects
  • Share digital objects with the public
  • Supplement a book project
  • Create a collaborative class project.

Omeka is an ideal solution for displaying collections of documents, organizing artifacts into categories, and teaching students about the choices involved in assembling historical collections.


SETTING UP AN OMEKA ACCOUNT

SIGNING UP FOR AN ACCOUNT

To sign up for a new Omeka account:

  1. Visit omeka.net
  2. Click on Sign Up
  3. Choose the Basic Plan and fill in the sign up form.
  4. Check your email for an activation link to complete the sign up process. NOTE: Be sure to click on the activation link once only so not to deactivate it.

Once your account has been created, you can access it at omeka.net on any web browser.

CREATING A NEW WEBSITE

To create your new website, log into your Omeka account at omeka.net. You will be directed to the Dashboard, or Omeka administrative panel, where you go to manage all of the information in your Omeka installation. Once you are on the Dashboard:

  1. Click on Add a site
  2. Enter your Subdomain Name, Site Title, and Site Description
  3. When you are done filling in the information, click on Add Your New Site.

Finally, you have an EMPTY website that awaits items’ information.

EXPLORING YOUR EMPTY WEBSITE

To view your empty website, click on View Site on the Dashboard. To return to the administrative view of the site, click on Omeka Admin at the top right of the page, and then click on My Dashboard on the page that follows.


MANAGING AN OMEKA SITE

To manage your site, ALWAYS go to the Dashboard, and then click on Manage Site. You will be directed to Omeka Admin where you will see Plugins, Appearance, Users, and Settings tabs at the top of the page.

MANAGING SETTINGS

Under the Settings tab, you may edit or add other information to the fields you filled in when you installed your site, after which you click on Save Changes.

MANAGING USERS

The site’s owner is automatically the administrator who can set permissions for other users or collaborators. To invite others to work on an Omeka site:

  1. Click on Users on Omeka Admin
  2. Enter the email address of the person you wish to collaborate with
  3. Set the level of permission
  4. Click on Invite when you are done

To delete a user, check Remove along the name of the user, and then click Submit.

SWITCHING THEMES

Manage the site’s themes by clicking the Appearance button in the top right corner of the Dashboard. Hover the mouse over the desired theme, and then click on Use this theme. You can customize the theme by clicking Configure Theme.

INSTALLING PLUGINS

An Omeka site comes with plugins i.e. snippets of pre-written code that offer some extra functionality. These plugins are deactivated by default. To enable a desired plugin, go back to the Dashboard and then:

  1. Click on Plugins tab.
  2. On the page that follows, click the Install button next to any plugin to activate it.


BUILDING AN OMEKA SITE

PLANNING YOUR SITE

The first step of building an Omeka site is to plan carefully. Consider the following:

  • What is the goal of the exhibit?
  • Who is the audience? What do you want these specific audience to accomplish when they visit the site?
  • What is the timeline?
  • What are the objects to be exhibited (documents, still Images, moving images, audio, etc. )? How many?
  • What kind of information (metadata) is needed for each object?
  • What sections will the site include?


ADDING ITEMS TO OMEKA

To build a project, first go back to the Dashboard.

  1. On the left navigation menu, click on Items
  2. Click on the green Add an Item button. This should open a Dublin Core page. You should see Item Type Matadata, Files, and Tags tabs alongside the Dublin Core tab. These are the tabs you will use to describe and upload items on Omeka.

It is highly recommended that you first upload an item onto your site before describing it.

UPLOADING FILES

NOTE: Omeka.net allows for an upload of ONE item at a time, but the site can also be populated by batch adding items with data migration and upload tools. To add items one at a time:

  1. Click on Files
  2. Click on choose file to upload an item from the computer or whatever storage device they may be in.
  3. Select a file then click Add Item.

You will have to refresh your browser to see the thumbnail of the file you just upload.

  1. To populate the site with more items, click on Add Another Item and repeat the process above until all your items have been uploaded.

DUBLIN CORE: DESCRIBING A NEW ITEM

Every item, file, and collection contains fields for unqualified Dublin Core elements. To describe an item:

  1. Open Dublin Core page where you can input the item’s information (metadata).
  2. When you are done filling the information, click on Public on the top right so that your item is viewable by the general public
  3. Click on Save Changes when you are done.

To fill in information about another item, click on Items on the left navigation menu to get back to the your items, and then repeat the process above.

CHOOSING ITEM TYPE METADATA

Once you have finished adding Dublin Core metadata:

  1. Click Item Type Metadata to choose the category- document, still image, moving image, email, event, person etc. – the item is. Click on Item Types to learn the distinctions.
  2. When you are finished, click Save Changes.

ADDING TAGS

You can add tags by:

  1. Clicking on the Tags button
  2. Filling in the information
  3. Clicking on Add Tags
  4. And finally clicking Save Changes.


CREATING A COLLECTION ON OMEKA

CREATING A COLLECTION

Once you have several items, you can order those items by grouping them together into collections. To do this:

  1. Return to your dashboard, and click on the Collections tab
  2. Click on Add a Collection
  3. Enter information about your collection, and remember to click on the Public button near the bottom of the page to make it viewable to the public.
  4. Then Save your collection.

You now have an empty collection.

ADDING ITEMS TO A COLLECTION

To add items to a collection you just created:

  1. Click on the Items tab.
  2. From your Browse Items list, click the boxes of the items that belong in your new collection, and then click Add Item.
  3. Then click on the green Edit Selected Items button.


CREATING EXHIBIT ON OMEKA

CREATING AN EXHIBIT

To create a thematic tour of your items:

  1. Click on Exhibits on navigation menu
  2. Click on Add an Exhibit
  3. Fill in the form; uncheck Use Summary Page if this is your first exhibit
  4. Click on Add Page.

ADDING ITEMS TO AN EXHIBIT

  1. After clicking Add Page, you can then select content layout
  2. Choose a layout of your liking, and then click on Add new content block
  3. Click on Add Item. There should be a popup window with a list of items you can choose from
  4. Select an item and then click Apply. NOTE: Omeka lets you add one item at a time.
  5. When you are done click Save and Add Another Page to repeat the process
  6. Or click Save Changes to exit and view you website.


EDITING CONTENT ON OMEKA

It is almost impossible not to make any mistakes when working with an Omeka installation. Therefore, the following sections are dedicated to helping you make editions to your site’ content.

EDITING AN ITEM

To edit an item

  1. Click on Items on the navigation menu.
  2. Check-off an item you want to edit, and then click Edit near the thumbnail.
  3. After editing the information you want, click on Save Changes.

EDITING A TAG

To edit a tag:

  1. Click on Tags on the navigation menu
  2. Follow the simple instruction on the page that follows.

EDITING AN EXHIBIT

To edit an exhibit:

  1. Click on Exhibits on the navigation menu, an
  2. Click Edit on the collection you want to edit
  3. After editing the information you want, click on Save Changes.

EDITING A TAG

To edit a tag, click on Tags on the navigation menu and follow the instruction on the page that follows.


DELETING CONTENT ON OMEKA

The following sections are dedicated to helping you make deletions to the content of your site.

DELETING AN ITEM

To delete an item:

  1. Click on Items on the navigation menu
  2. Click on Delete on the collection you want to delete.

DELETING A COLLECTION

To delete a collection:

  1. Click on Collections on the navigation menu
  2. Click Edit on the collection you want to edit.
  3. Clear the information from Dublic Core fields, and then click on Delete.

DELETING AN EXHIBIT

To delete an exhibit:

  1. Click on Exhibits on the navigation menu
  2. Click Delete on the collection you want to delete.

DELETING A TAG

To delete a tag:

  1. Click on Tags on the navigation menu
  2. Follow the simple instructions on the page that follows.


RESOURCES

In addition to this page, see also:

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