Glossary of Omeka Terms
(from Omeka; See also: Site Planning Tips)
Item: The basic unit of an Omeka site. 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.
Collection: A set of items that you’ve grouped together. Your Omeka site can have multiple collections, but an individual item can only belong to one collection at a time.
Exhibit: A thematic tour of your items. Each exhibit has pages, and pages can be nested. A page is a group of items (along with descriptions). You can have multiple exhibits, and items can belong to multiple exhibits.
Item Type: An item, can be many different things, like a photograph, a website, a book, or a person. An “item type” is just the kind of thing the item is. You can choose from a built-in list of item types, or you can create your own.
Simple Page: A web page on your Omeka site that isn’t part of an exhibit or item. For example, you can add an “About” page using Simple Pages. Pages can be nested.
For more info, see: http://dublincore.org/documents/dces
Today, we’ll explore Omeka.net through the free version
You can also try the Omeka sandbox
If you'd like to try Omeka.org, consider Reclaim Hosting, which offers one-click Omeka.org installation. Details on other hosting suggestions on the Omeka.org site.
Step one: create an account by signing up with Omeka.net
Step two: You can join the Cornell Sandbox or add a site.
Choose a unique subdomain name that will be part of the site’s address. If you are requesting a site at Cornell, provide the subdomain name and site title. These cannot be changed, so consider them carefully.
Step Three: Add Collections & Items
Learn to love metadata!
Metadata: data about data, or descriptive information about a thing.
● Understanding Metadata (PDF): from NISO (the National Informational Standards Organization)
Add items: Here are a few test files you can use to upload to Omeka and enter as new items. https://cornell.box.com/omekafiles
Feel free to add your own images, sound files, pdfs, etc. You can use the image sources or primary sources tabs on this guide for additional resources.
Dublin Core is the metadata structure that Omeka uses for "items" in "collections"
You may want to use Controlled Vocabulary: http://www.controlledvocabulary.com/ for some of the fields, such as subject headings.
Themes : similar to themes in WordPress, themes in Omeka control the overall look & feel of the site. In Omeka.net, you must choose from a limited number, but if you know CSS, you can customize themes to a certain extent. You can also select different themes for your overall site and individual exhibits.
Plugins allow you to extend Omeka & take advantage of external software and databases
Other great plugins: