Omeka
Adventures with a local history portal
Tom Edwards
● The Wyndham History project
● Digital history platforms
● OAI-PMH rant
● Why Omeka?
● A tour of features
● Our Omeka lau...
The Wyndham History project
Two year project, commissioned by Wyndham City to celebrate 150 years
since Wyndham was procla...
Some platforms...
ContentDM
No matter which you choose...
… Make sure they will play nicely with
eg. make sure they can be harvested
as an OAI-PMH rep...
An illustration...
Wyndhamhistory.net.au
Built using Omeka CMS
Trove.nla.gov.au
Weekly OAI-PMH harvest
An illustration...
An illustration...
An illustration...
http://re.cs.uct.ac.za/
An illustration...
http://goo.gl/Yfys9T
Why ?
● OAI-PMH repository
● Emphasis on end user-generated content
(although more on this shortly...)
● Great map support...
User generated content
eg.
http://hurricanearchive.org/
Not yet available in the current version of
Omeka (2.1.1) however....
Great map support
eg.
http://neatline.org/neatline-in-
action/
Need pretty good bandwidth to showcase to its
full potential
Responsive design
How we got ready for cataloguing
● Prepared a cataloguing policy based on
Dublin Core requirements, included:
○ constructi...
A tough launch decision...
Omeka 1.5
(End user
contribution)
Omeka 2.x
(Responsive
design)
Our Omeka instance
Omeka 1.5
(End user
contribution)
Omeka 2.x
(Responsive
design)
● 441 published items (635 in total)
● ...
Omeka 1.5
(End user
contribution)
Omeka 2.x
(Responsive
design)
Omeka 1.5
(End user
contribution)
Omeka 2.x
(Responsive
design)
Omeka 1.5
(End user
contribution)
Omeka 2.x
(Responsive
design)
Omeka 1.5
(End user
contribution)
Omeka 2.x
(Responsive
design)
Omeka 1.5
(End user
contribution)
Omeka 2.x
(Responsive
design)
Omeka 1.5
(End user
contribution)
Omeka 2.x
(Responsive
design)
Omeka 1.5
(End user
contribution)
Omeka 2.x
(Responsive
design)
Omeka 1.5
(End user
contribution)
Omeka 2.x
(Responsive
design)
Omeka 1.5
(End user
contribution)
Omeka 2.x
(Responsive
design)
Omeka 1.5
(End user
contribution)
Omeka 2.x
(Responsive
design)
Onwards and upwards!
Omeka 1.5
(End user
contribution)
Omeka 2.x
(Responsive
design)
● CONTRIBUTION PLUGIN!
● Comprehensiv...
Omeka 1.5
(End user
contribution)
Omeka 2.x
(Responsive
design)
“Eric Davis, Alex Muir and Eliza Davis.,” Wyndham History,...
Tom edwards   wyndham - omeka local history portal
Tom edwards   wyndham - omeka local history portal
Tom edwards   wyndham - omeka local history portal
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A presentation to the PLVN Digital Content Seminar on Wednesday the 26th of March, 2014.

Tom Edwards - Coordinator, Library Systems Technology at Wyndham City Libraries shares his experience with implementing the Omeka CMS for a local history website project (www.wyndhamhistory.net.au)

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Tom edwards wyndham - omeka local history portal

  1. 1. Omeka Adventures with a local history portal Tom Edwards
  2. 2. ● The Wyndham History project ● Digital history platforms ● OAI-PMH rant ● Why Omeka? ● A tour of features ● Our Omeka launch ● Questions What we’ll cover
  3. 3. The Wyndham History project Two year project, commissioned by Wyndham City to celebrate 150 years since Wyndham was proclaimed a Shire. Project included a book ($30 - buy one today!) and a website. +
  4. 4. Some platforms... ContentDM
  5. 5. No matter which you choose... … Make sure they will play nicely with eg. make sure they can be harvested as an OAI-PMH repository.
  6. 6. An illustration... Wyndhamhistory.net.au Built using Omeka CMS Trove.nla.gov.au Weekly OAI-PMH harvest
  7. 7. An illustration...
  8. 8. An illustration...
  9. 9. An illustration... http://re.cs.uct.ac.za/
  10. 10. An illustration...
  11. 11. http://goo.gl/Yfys9T
  12. 12. Why ? ● OAI-PMH repository ● Emphasis on end user-generated content (although more on this shortly...) ● Great map support ● Supports responsive designs ● Open source and built on standard Apache/PHP/MySQL with Zend framework ● Good user community and well supported with plugins
  13. 13. User generated content eg. http://hurricanearchive.org/ Not yet available in the current version of Omeka (2.1.1) however...
  14. 14. Great map support eg. http://neatline.org/neatline-in- action/ Need pretty good bandwidth to showcase to its full potential
  15. 15. Responsive design
  16. 16. How we got ready for cataloguing ● Prepared a cataloguing policy based on Dublin Core requirements, included: ○ construction of local thesaurus ○ creating controlled vocabularies on Omeka where possible ● Mapped MARC fields (from existing historical photos on catalogue) to Dublin Core Elements, used: ○ MARCEdit (Export tab-delimited records) ○ CSV Import plugin on Omeka
  17. 17. A tough launch decision... Omeka 1.5 (End user contribution) Omeka 2.x (Responsive design)
  18. 18. Our Omeka instance Omeka 1.5 (End user contribution) Omeka 2.x (Responsive design) ● 441 published items (635 in total) ● 6 x digitized oral histories (MP3 files to stream) - more to come ● Neatline map of Truganina State School ● Interactive timeline ● Flexible searching options ○ Keyword ○ Browse ○ Map-based ○ Advanced (boolean, additional filters etc.)
  19. 19. Omeka 1.5 (End user contribution) Omeka 2.x (Responsive design)
  20. 20. Omeka 1.5 (End user contribution) Omeka 2.x (Responsive design)
  21. 21. Omeka 1.5 (End user contribution) Omeka 2.x (Responsive design)
  22. 22. Omeka 1.5 (End user contribution) Omeka 2.x (Responsive design)
  23. 23. Omeka 1.5 (End user contribution) Omeka 2.x (Responsive design)
  24. 24. Omeka 1.5 (End user contribution) Omeka 2.x (Responsive design)
  25. 25. Omeka 1.5 (End user contribution) Omeka 2.x (Responsive design)
  26. 26. Omeka 1.5 (End user contribution) Omeka 2.x (Responsive design)
  27. 27. Omeka 1.5 (End user contribution) Omeka 2.x (Responsive design)
  28. 28. Omeka 1.5 (End user contribution) Omeka 2.x (Responsive design)
  29. 29. Onwards and upwards! Omeka 1.5 (End user contribution) Omeka 2.x (Responsive design) ● CONTRIBUTION PLUGIN! ● Comprehensive, thoroughly researched Werribee WW1 ANZAC exhibit to coincide with centenary. ● More maps! including: ○ Original annotated shire surveyor maps ○ Charming hand-drawn maps of pastoralist estates (to overlay on google map layer?) ○ flora/fauna survey results of werribee
  30. 30. Omeka 1.5 (End user contribution) Omeka 2.x (Responsive design) “Eric Davis, Alex Muir and Eliza Davis.,” Wyndham History, accessed March 18, 2014, http://www.wyndhamhistory.net.au/items/show/1192. Questions?

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