Tools and tips for publishing collections and exhibits of any size online

Michael Tedeschi, Interactive Mechanics, USA

There are a large number of platforms for publishing collections and exhibits of any size online. Over the last few years, systems like Drupal and Omeka have grown considerably. Through this workshop, attendees will learn about the available options, and we'll explore how to install and build a site using Omeka. We’ll create our own online collection and exhibit and use basic HTML/CSS to make it look great. By the end of this session, you’ll have a good foundation for the options available and how to get your project online quickly.

You should attend if you’re interested in using Drupal or Omeka at your institution; you’re looking to learn more about available online collection/exhibit tools; you’re a designer or developer that wants to start building for Omeka.

You’ll learn about the variety of environments for building online collections/exhibits; how to decide which system to use in your project; how to install and get an Omeka site up-and-running; how to navigate the backend, install plugins and themes, and create content.

Documentation and training on Omeka is slim—the existing documentation is not maintained, and very few organizations have produced content related to building, using, and extending Omeka. We aim to help populate this list to help improve and expand the community around this platform in the Digital Humanities and museum circles.

Goldman, Rebecca. "Introduction to Omeka." Introduction to Omeka. Slideshare, 17 Apr. 2012. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.

Heller, Margaret. "Creating Themes in Omeka 2.0." ACRL TechConnect Blog. N.p., 29 Aug. 2013. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.

Leon, Sharon. "Omeka: Open Source for Open Museums? (MCN 2010)."Omeka: Open Source for Open Museums? (MCN 2010). Slideshare, 29 Oct. 2010. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.

Tedeschi, Michael. "The Basics of Building Omeka Themes." Interactive Mechanics. N.p., 10 Sept. 2014. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.