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Using Omeka S

Tips for getting starting with Omeka S, interpreting Dublin Core fields and DCMI types, and more.

Planning Your Site

Before you start building your site, plan the structure and think about the items you will be curating in your digital exhibits.

  • Gather Your Items
    • Are there currently digitized versions of your items?
    • Do the items already have established metadata?
    • Are any of your items already created in Purdue Fort Wayne's instance of Omeka S?
    • Do you or Purdue University Fort Wayne have copyright over the items? Are the items in the public domain or do they have Creative Commons licensing?
  • Create a Template for Your Items
    • Record the locations of the digital file for your items.
    • Attach significant metadata (Type, Title, Identifier, Rights. Subject or Description) to your items.
    • Organize items into collections.
  • Plan Site Structure
    • Determine what pages you will need in your site.
    • Group like pages into Sections.
  • Plan Pages
    • Determine content blocks for each page.

For thorough planning, consider using an Omeka S exhibit site planner tool, like this one available from the University of Tasmania.

Building Your Site

Begin building your site by using the Omeka S dashboard. You can create the structure by adding pages and content blocks according to your exhibit planner.

Items should be added with detailed metadata. While some metadata fields may not be applicable, strive to fill in as many as possible, even if they don't seem important or necessary. See "Dublin Core Fields" and "DCMI Types" for additional help on determining correct metadata information.

Remember to follow copyright and intellectual property laws and guidelines when adding items.

For detailed information on how to add and build pages, add items, and any other functionality in Omeka S, please consult the online Omeka S User Manual.