The MyOmeka plugin allows users of an Omeka site to create their own accounts and save items in the archive by tagging and creating personal annotations. Those annotations can then easily be shared with others by creating "posters," which are simple, one-page exhibits incorporating those items and annotations into a single page.
During the installation process (Installing_a_Plugin), you'll have the option of customizing the plugin's URL slug, title, disclaimer, and specify whether or not you're using the TermsOfService plugin in conjunction with MyOmeka.
- Relative Page Path From Project Root: This is the URL that the plugin creates. By default, the plugin creates URLs like mywebsite.com/myomeka/, however you can customize it by editing this field.
- MyOmeka Title: The section's title can be customized for particular uses of the plugin, such as My Collection, My Archive, My Stuff, et al.
- MyOmeka Disclaimer: The disclaimer text appears below every public poster created by MyOmeka users.
Creating a MyOmeka Account and Accessing Content
- Visitors click on the Register for "My Stuff" (or whatever you title this section) link in the main navigation. Users with accounts with click the Login tab to sign in.
- To register, visitors fill out a short form and create a username and fill out their name and email address. They will receive a confirmation email that contains an acitvation link that they must follow to activate their new "My Stuff" account.
- Once logged in, users can annotate and tag any item in your website. All items are accessible on the My Dashboard page, accessible by clicking "My Stuff" tab on the site's main navigation.
- Any content created by individual My Omeka users is viewable only to them. None of the tags or annotations are made public for other users.
Editing Text on these pages
- To edit the Dashboard, Register, Browse pages, find those files in this directory: plugins/MyOmeka/views/public/my-omeka/
- To edit the text for adding tags and notes, find those files in this directory: /plugins/MyOmeka/views/shared/common/
- To edit files related to poster builder, find files in this directory: plugins/MyOmeka/views/shared/poster
Sample Help Instructions for Using the My Omeka plugin on your Website
To edit the Help page edit the help.php page found in the plugin's files: plugins/MyOmeka/views/shared/my-omeka/help.php
Using My Notebook
To save a story in My Notebook (please fill in with what you have titled this section), add tags or write notes in the My Notebook box available for each item.
When logged in, you are able to add notes to any of the items on the website. These notes will be stored and will appear on the item pages any time you are logged in. A list of the items you have annotated will appear on your dashboard. These notes will also be available for use if you choose to make a poster with your items.
When logged in, you are also able to tag items on the website. Tags are like keywords or labels, allowing you to categorize and group items. Simply type a tag into the “Add a tag” field in “Your Notes,” and click add. Add more than one tag by separating each term with a comma. Items can have multiple tags. A list of all the tags you use will appear on your dashboard. Clicking on any of these tags will list all of the items to which you have given this tag. For example, clicking on “island” will show you a list of all the items you have tagged “island.”
Once you are logged into My Notebook, you may create a short one-page exhibit or poster using any items you have tagged or annotated.
Click the button that says "Create a new poster." Assign a title to your poster, and fill in the description field with a description of your project. Click the tab that says "Add an item," and select the items that you wish to include in your poster.
Be sure to save your poster; you may return to edit your poster at any time by clicking your username link at the top of the home page to the right of "My Notebook."
MyOmeka with other Plugins
Keep in mind that if you are activating other plugins that append the items/show page for displaying content those elements may crowd the page's public display.
You may need to adjust the CSS for the MyOmeka plugin, found in this directory: plugins/MyOmeka/views/shared/css/
Editing Theme for Public Access Omeka versions 1.2 and earlier and plugin version 1.0 and earlier
Once My Omeka is configured, you will want to make My Omeka available to your users. To do so, you must edit the public theme.
- On the server, find the directory for the current design theme. Open the directory and then the common folder. Inside open the header.php file (/yourtheme/common/header.php).
- Insert the following snippet of code in header.php file just above the search div.
<?php echo my_omeka_user_status(); ?>
Your can place the snippet of code anywhere in your theme file, depending on what modifications you've already made. After adding the code, your theme may look like this:
<?php echo my_omeka_user_status(); ?> <div id="search-wrap"> <h2>Search</h2> <?php echo simple_search(); ?> <?php echo link_to_advanced_search(); ?> </div>
- Once saved and uploaded back to the server, users of your website will now have a link to create accounts and save their own items to My Omeka.
- In addition to adding a link to MyOmeka on the site that indicates whether or not a user is logged in, you may wish to customize the CSS of your theme to style the look of the plugin. This varies from theme-to-theme.
- You will also want to confirm that the following snippet of code is present on the items/show page so that users can add notes and tags as they browse the archive. This line should appear at the end of the page somewhere above <?php foot(); ?>
<?php echo plugin_append_to_items_show(); ?>