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OMEKA User Guide

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OMEKA
A User's
Guide to Web
Curation
Throughout the semester your will develop your own online museum, consisting of digital artifacts that illuminate the afterlife of your film, its reception and effects. This guide is to help you will the technical aspects of building your website.

If you have questions, get stuck, or want your site do more but aren't sure how, feel free to contact me ([email protected]) or Harriett Green ([email protected]). We want you to show us what the Omeka platform can be capable of!
Create An Account
1. Start at www.omeka.net by clicking the red "sign up" button.

2. Scroll to the bottom of the page to "choose" the free Basic plan.

3. Fill in the necessaries using you illinois.net email address.
4. Click the link provided in the confirmation email, then log-in to your Dashboard.

5. Start a new website; its address should have something to do with the course or your film.
DASHBOARD


From the Dashboard you can craft the appearance of your site by clicking the "settings" button in the top-right-hand corner, as well as develop items, collections, and exhibits. Log-in using:
1. Enter the Dashboard. From the top row of tabs,
select "Items."

2. Click the "Add Item" button in the top right-hand corner.

3. From the left-hand column, select "Item Type Metadata."
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ITEMS
4. Select you item type and fill in as much information as you can think of.

5. From the left-hand column, select "Files" to attach any documents, photos, or others files.

6. In the top right-hand corner, check the "Public" box.

7. At the bottom right-hand corner, select "Add Item."

8. This will return you to the "Browse Items" menu; select to "edit" the item you've just created.

9. This will return you to the options for editing your item, the "Dublin Core." Fill in as many of the entry fields as you can think of; the more you include, the richer your site will be. There is no right or wrong way of filling out this data, as long as it is clear to your museum visitor. The complete MLA citation for your object must be in here somewhere (e.g., "sources" field).
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COLLECTIONS
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1. Enter the Dashboard. From the top row of tabs, select "Collections."

2. Click the "Add Collection" button in the top right-hand corner.

3. Give your Collection a clear name and a 2-3 sentence description of what and why.
4. Make sure to select "Public" status, then click "Save Changes" at the bottom-right corner.

5. From the top row of tabs under your site title, select "Items."

6. Check the boxes next to the items your wish to add to your Collection.

7. Select the left-hand "Edit Selected Items" button.

8. Select the Collection to which you want to add items from the relevant drop-down menu.

9. Select the "Save Changes" button from the bottom right-hand corner.
Add, remove, and reorder items within collections by repeating steps 6-10.
EXHIBITS
Check to "Feature" an item or collection to display it on your homepage
1. Enter the Dashboard. From the top row of tabs, select "Exhibits."

2. Click the "Add Exhibit" button in the top right-hand corner.

3. Give your exhibit a title that matches the final curation guide. For the description it might be useful to use the introductory paragraphs of your paper and include a link to your guide.

4. Make sure this is marked as both "Public" and "Featured."

5. Select the "Save Changes" button from the bottom right-hand corner.

6. Once back at the "Exhibits" tab, you can add additional sections and pages to organize your exhibit for visitors by selecting "edit."

7. To add items to your Exhibit, first select the "Items" tab from the top row

8. Check the boxes next to the items your wish to add to your exhibit.

9. Select the left-hand "Edit Selected Items" button.

10. Select the exhibit to which you wish to add these items from the relevant drop-down menu.
Check the HTML box to edit the text font and add hyperlinks
the phrase used as the extension of the URL for this particular page; you want it to have some relationship to your title. For example, the same exhibit is titled "Between Society and Anarchy: An Afterlife in Thin Blue Lines," so the slug is "...omeka.net/societyanarchy."
EXHIBIT SLUG