Using Omeka for Students

So you are a student and you have been asked to use Omeka for a class, perhaps in conjunction with the Jewish Atlantic World Database, other online collections, or photos and videos you yourself have made or taken.  This page answers a few basic questions you might have such as what can Omeka do for me?  How do I get started?  What kinds of things have other students done with Omeka?

What can I do with Omeka?

  • With Omeka you can create a digital collection of images, sound files, videos, and pdfs.
  • By tagging the objects in your collection, you can organize your collection into thematic galleries.
  • You can share your collection or galleries with people in your class, your teacher, or even people outside of the class through social media.
  • You can create simple webpages for essays that analyze or introduce your collection and galleries.
  • By invitng “administrative users” to your site, you can collaborate and create group projects.
  • Even when you are working individually, through hypertext you can making living connections between your own work and the collections and pages posted by your classmates.

Steps for creating an Omeka site:

  • Sign up for a free account. Choose a domain name that reflects the topic of your research, so that others interested in this topic can better find you on the web.
  • Send the URL of your site to your teacher and/or classmates
  • If you plan to work in a group, invite classmates to collaborate and help manage the website by becoming administrative users.
  • Choose and configure a design theme. Add a header image, and think about ways to customize the navigation or display of Dublin Core fields (all can be edited later) for item record pages.
  • Install plugins that you will be using for this site, such as the Exhibit Builder and Simple Pages.
  • Plan which sources and files you want to include in the site, and gather any bibliographic or descriptive data together for uploading.
  • Upload sources and files to build the website’s “archive.” Depending on the assignment you have been given, you may want to download images from the Jewish Atlantic World Database, other public domain online collections, or you may upload photos and videos you yourself have made or taken.
  • Tag items as you add them if you want to make connections between different sources or organize items by themes. Once added, tags may be edited or deleted.
  • Display document files, like PDFs, in the Google DocsViewer.
  • Write an essay about your sources using the Exhibit Builder or by creating a Simple Page.

Print a copy of the User Guide for Students (PDF).

What have other students done with Omeka?

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