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HIS395H5S LGBTQ2+ Oral History: Queer Peel (Omeka S Assignment)

1) Create a Plan

Creating a blueprint of your website before you start editing the online platform is important. See an example below:

UTM Omeka

See Constructing Gender: The Origins of Michigan’s Union and League as an example. On this site, pages include Introduction (as its homepage), Two Buildings (Page), Two Genders (Page), Two Architects (Page), Two Million Dollars (Page), and About the Site. The Browse page will be shown automatically.

2) Compete Site Info, etc.

  1. Send your URL slug and title of your website to Chris J. Young, Coordinator, Digital Scholarship & Librarian.
    I strongly recommend that your slug is one (short) word, or two words with a hyphen, which will appear on the URL: https://omeka.utm.utoronto.ca/s/your-slug-will-be-here.

UTM Omeka Intro

  1. Once you have your Omeka website, go to Sites and click the title and then Site info. Enter a summery of your site, which will appear on your landing page and on list of site blocks
    Check the Omeka S User Manual for The Admin tab.
  2. Upload your website header image. (The instruction is available at Settings Options >> Logo). The recommended header image size would be 800-1600 pixels wide by 320 pixels high or less.
  3. Send your students' names and email addresses to Chris J. Young a couple of weeks before your Liaison Librarian, Yayo Umetsubo, come to your class.

Visit the Omeka S User Manual for

▼ ▼ RESOURCES ▼ ▼

  • Items:
    Items are the building blocks of the Omeka system. Before creating an Item, make sure that a Resource Template (or Resource Templates) and an Item Set (or Item Sets) are ready. Creating an Item means filling out the sections of Value, Media, Item Sets, and Thumbnail. For this course, the specific instruction is available on this guide.
  • Item sets:
    Item sets are an aggregation of items, similar to Collections (Omeka Classic).
    Visit 4) Create an Item Set on this guide and Add an item set on the Manual for further information.
  • Vocabularies:
    Vocabularies are a collection of published Resource Description Framework (RDF) metadata Classes and Properties for describing a Resource. OmekaS comes pre-loaded with the following vocabularies: Dublin Core; Bibliographic Ontology; and Friend of a Friend (FOAF).
  • Resource Templates:
    A Resource Template is a set of pre-defined Properties, optionally with a Class, to guide Item creation and the interpretation of Properties. Resource templates are managed from the Admin Dashboard, accessed through the left-hand navigation under the tab labeled Resource Templates.
    Visit 3) Create a Resource Template on this guide and Resource Templates on the Manual for further information.

3) Create a Resource Template

According to the Omeka S User Manual, "a Resource Template is a set of pre-defined Properties, optionally with a Class, to guide Item creation and the interpretation of Properties." Resource Templates can be created based on Omeka S Classes, such as Moving Image, Oral History, Sound, Still Image, and Event.

Make sure that a Resource Template (or Resource Templates) and an Item Set (or Item Sets) are ready before your students upload items and create metadata.

― The instruction is available at Resource Templates on the Omeka S User Manual.

― The Dublin Core section under Metadata for Oral History on this guide might also be helpful.

★ Important Notes ★
See below for the difference between Alternate label and Alternate comment.

Omeka Resource Template Example

Note: Contact Yayo Umetsubo (your librarian) when you would like her to create Resource Templates for your course.

4) Create an Item Set

In Omeka, an Item Set is one or Items which have something in common. Item Sets can be based on anything, for example, a work type (e.g., photo, oral history interview, speech), a location, or a name. Item Sets could be similar to Collections (Omeka Classic). Yet, their primary functions are connecting Items together and displaying them on a Browse page on your site.

Visit Add an item set for further information.

To make an Item Set connect all of your resources together under a single theme, students need to choose it when the create an Item.

See the image below for the role of Item Sets, in relation to Items.

Omeka S Item Sets

5) Resources: Complete Item Pool

The Resources tab of the site context menu allows you to set what Items and Item Sets available on your site's browse pages.

Omeka S Resources

The Item Pool determines what automatically appears in the resource selection options on a Browse page on your site.

For the further information, visit the Omeka S User Manual.

6) Create Pages

Go to the Omeka S User Manual's Pages Management, and complete Adding Pages and Browse Pages.