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New Screencasts!

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The Omeka outreach team released three new screencasts this week: OAI-PMH Harvester; Contribution and Guest User; and User Profiles!

Want to harvest content from an Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting compliant site? Then watch this screencast to find out how it all works!

Have you been intrigued by the potential of the Contribution plugin, after seeing sites like the Mapping Waterville or Documenting Ferguson, but been daunted by the long documentation? This is the screencast for you?

User Profiles is a multi-purpose plugin: public profiles can help your regular users share their research interests with visitors, while private profiles can be used to learn more about guest users commenting or contributing on the site. Learn more from this screencast!

As always, all of our screencasts are fully closed captioned – many thanks to GRA Alyssa Fahringer for her work in making these videos accessible!

Screencast Friday 12: Using the iPaper Plugin

Friday, August 15th, 2008

If you are interested in giving your online users an easy way to browse through documents before they download files, you should view this screencast demonstrating how to install the iPaper plugin. iPaper inserts a viewer on the items/show.php page in your design theme that makes flipping through a variety of document files (pdf, xls, doc, txt) a breeze.

iPaper is quite versatile, but it is not the only document viewer plugin we have available. You may also install the PDFMeNot plugin, but that only works for displaying PDFs.

Screencast Friday is going on hiatus for a few weeks. We hope you learned something new during this summertime series. It will return in the fall as we approach the new Omeka release.

Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer, everyone.

Screencast Friday 11: Theme File Structure

Friday, August 8th, 2008

This week’s screencast gives a brief introduction to working with themes, providing an overview of their file structure.

Screencast Friday 10: Manage Users

Friday, August 1st, 2008

This week’s screencast demonstrates how to create, edit, and delete Omeka backend users. The “How To” section offers a comprehensive list of actions available for each user level to help you determine what works best for your project team members.

Do you have suggestions for future screencasts? Please leave us a comment.

Screencast Friday 9: Dropbox Plugin

Friday, July 25th, 2008

You may find that on some days you want to upload many files into your installation, but, the laziness of summer kicks in and you really don’t want to create new items or associate those files with items at that moment. No problem. The dropbox plugin gives you that flexibility and allows you to upload multiple files into Omeka where they will wait patiently until you (or another user) are ready to deal with them. The dropbox handles volume quite well and helps you to get around any file size restrictions placed upon you by the server administrator through the /items/add interface. If you haven’t already, take a look at the dropbox plugin .

Stay cool and don’t work too hard.

Screencast Friday 8: Use the Contribution Plugin

Friday, July 18th, 2008

This week’s screencast demonstrates how to use the contribution plugin, which allows you to collect materials from your online visitors. This plugin invites your visitors to share in the creation of content, and to populate your Omeka digital archive with reflections and first-hand accounts.

If you are unfamiliar with collecting projects or want to see the contribution plugin in action, visit the following sites:

Screencast Friday 7: Edit an Item Type

Friday, July 11th, 2008

This screencast continues where last week’s left off by demonstrating how to edit an existing item type. This is useful for customizing your installation so that it can best fulfill your project’s needs.

Edit away!

Screencast Friday 6: Add an Item Type

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Do you ever find that the default item types and metafields for your Omeka installation are too limiting? If so, you can learn how to add your own in this week’s screencast.

For those of you in the US, enjoy the long July 4th weekend.

Screencast Friday 5: Install a Plugin

Friday, June 27th, 2008

This week, learn how to install an Omeka plugin.
Earlier on the blog we talked about using Sitenotes, and this tutorial shows you how to install that plugin.

The installation process is the same for all plugins, but be sure to read the instructions (found next to each plugin on the page), since configuring each one is slightly different. These instructions also provide some coding assistance to help make the plugins work with your public themes when necessary.

So, go forth, and install some plugins.

Screencast Friday 4: Create a Collection

Friday, June 20th, 2008

This week, learn how to create a collection for items in your archive.

If you are interested in using collections remember that first you must create a collection, then you can associate items with it. Additionally, an item may only belong to one collection at a time. Because of this limitation, tags are a great way to assist your online visitors in finding items while they browse.

For those of you familiar with physical collections, remember that your digital Omeka archive need not replicate the collections in your museum, library, or archive. You can use the Dublin Core metadata to identify a digital object as belonging to a specific collection, say, through the Source field. Or, you may modify an existing item type by adding another metafield. If you desire, the online collection can be less about donors and owners and more about themes and subjects.

Of course, how you organize your digital archive with Omeka is completely up to you.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!