Omeka Workshop at VSAWC

April 22nd, 2012

During the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (VSAWC) 2012 Conference in Victoria (April 26-28), I am facilitating a workshop on “Using Omeka to Exhibit Old Media Online.”

As of Sunday, April 22nd, we have eight spots remaining in the workshop, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th, 1:30-5 pm, in Spirit Room CD of the Inn at Laurel Point. Should you be interested in participating ($25 per person; checks payable to Victorian Media Conference, University of Victoria), then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Below’s a description of what we’ll be doing. Although you do not have to register for the conference in order to participate in the workshop, I encourage you to peruse the fantastic conference program and consider attending the entire VSAWC event.

UPDATE (May 11, 2012): In PDF, here are the slides from my presentation during the Omeka workshop. Feel free to use them for other workshops, reference, or the like.

“Using Omeka to Exhibit Old Media Online,” Instructor: Jentery Sayers, English, University of Victoria

How do we make a physical collection of old media (e.g., analogue photographs, videos, and audio) publicly available online for discovery, use, and interpretation? How do we translate such a collection into a rich, scholarly exhibit anchored in literary history and culture? And what are best practices for authoring, curating, updating, and preserving online exhibits? Directly addressing these questions, this three-hour workshop gives participants opportunities to test-run Omeka: a free and open-source platform designed specifically for building scholarly exhibits. During the workshop, participants will (in this order) survey existing Omeka exhibits, create a data model for an example exhibit, begin using the Omeka platform, learn the basics of Dublin Core metadata (for discovering media on the web), and discuss techniques for integrating the platform into existing research and teaching practices (with an emphasis on documenting and peer-reviewing digital scholarly communication).

Prior to the workshop, participants are encouraged to review the Omeka showcase of exhibits. To the workshop, they should bring their own laptops and, if they so choose, some digitized content (e.g., images) they would like to exhibit. (Sample content will also be provided by the instructor.) Prior to event, they are also welcome to contact Jentery Sayers with any questions or concerns:

Omeka is a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New MediaGeorge Mason University.