In order to create or be added to an Omeka site, you'll have to first create an Omeka account. Navigate to https://www.omeka.net/signup and select "Start your free Omeka Trial." Despite the "pricing" header on this page, you do not need to purchase a subscription.By signing up for a free account, you are provided with one site and 500MB of storage space.
If you need more storage or would like more functionalities, talk to the Library about creating a site using our institutional account. You will still need to sign up for a free trial plan in order to be added to a course or research Omeka site that is created on your behalf using the library account so follow the same steps.
Create a username and password for your account and associate your account with an email address.
Once you create an account and are added to a site, you will receive an email to accept an invitation. Follow the link in the email invitation and login to the site.
After accepting the invitation, you can login by visiting Omeka.net and selecting "My Account" on the upper right hand corner. This will take you to a list of sites that you are part of.
To get started adding an item to an Omeka.net site, log-in to Omeka.net and select "Manage site" from under the course site name. You will be taken to your Omeka Dashboard, where you can select "Items" from the left-hand menu or "Add a new item" under "Recent Items."
You will be taken to the metadata form, where you can add information about your item.
To upload a file associated with your item, select "Files" from the menu under "Add an Item." You can add more than one file to one item.
When you complete the form, be sure to click on the green "Add Item" button.
More information to come!
In her "Quick Start Guide," Miriam Posner provides handy definitions of terms you'll encounter in Omeka. Here are some that are particularly relevant for this course:
Item: An item can be anything: a photograph, a work of art, a person, an idea. You’ll describe each item, and you can upload files to represent it, too. You’ll build your Omeka site by assembling items.
Exhibit: A thematic tour of your items. Each exhibit has sections and pages. You might think of these as akin to book chapters and book pages. A section is a group of pages, and a page is a group of items (along with descriptions). You can have multiple exhibits, and items can belong to multiple exhibits. [In this course, an exhibit page is also called a "showcase]
Dublin Core: “Dublin Core” is the name for a kind of metadata. Metadata is sort of what it sounds like; that is, information about information. You’ll use metadata to describe attributes of your items, like their sizes, dates of creation, etc. In order to keep these descriptions consistent, information professionals have defined various metadata standards. Dublin Core is the name of the standard that Omeka uses.