By Doug Palmer Theme for use with conference papers, based on Berlin.
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BigStuff Omeka Theme

The BigStuff Omeka theme is a theme designed for the home of the Big Stuff large technology object conferences.

This theme is based on the Berlin Omeka theme and uses the highly configurable index page features from Berlin.


  • Features from Berlin
    • Configurable logo image
    • Configurable header image
    • Configurable footer text and copyright
    • Configurable home page text
    • Configurable info boxes, such as a featured item or collection, for the home page.
  • Features from BigStuff
    • Customisable background filler image
    • A hero-shot image on the home page, selected randomly from items with images in the featured collections.
    • Single-line item lists, which expand on mouse-over, as a configurable option.
    • Citation-style item information. BigStuff is designed to contain collections of conference papers, as well as other collections. If given a suitable item type, the item will be provided with a citation.
    • The ability for the user to sort lists of items and collections displayed by shortcodes.

Installation and Configuration

Copy the root of this source directory to $OMEKA/themes/bigstuff where $OMEKA is the root of the Omeka installation (eg. /srv/www/htdocs/omeka). It should them appear as an avilable theme in the Omeka administration pages.

Once installed, go to the Appearance menu in Omeka administration. You can then configure the theme.


The BigStuff theme generates bibliographic citations for items with appropriate item types and information. These are designed to allow things like papers and publications to be added and browsed. A short citation, generally either author-title or just the title, depending on the item type, is used as a headline. A full citation is generated as part of the item summary.

Addtional Item Types and Elements

To get full citation information, a number of additional item types and elements need to be added to your site. These don't need to be added, or can be partially added; the citation generator will omit any information that it can't find. The new item types and elements are listed below, with the standard Dublin Core elements ignored. Elements in bold are completely new elements or item types. Items in italics are existing elements that need to be added to item types.

Type Description Elements
Article An article in a journal or periodical Journal, Location, Pages, Volume, Number, DOI
Paper A paper presented as part of a conference, workshop, etc. Editor, Book, Location, Pages, DOI
Book A book, including published collections such as conference proceedings. Editor, Location, Volume, Pages, ISBN
Manual A technical or procedural manual or set of instructions Institution, Number, DOI
Thesis A PhD or masters thesis Location, Institution, Number, DOI
Report A report produced for a specific purpose Institution, Number, DOI
Text The standard Omeka text item DOI
Website The standard Omeka website type
Hyperlink The standard Omeka hyperlink type
Moving Image The standard Omeka moving image type
Still Image The standard Omeka still image type

The additional elements are

Element Description
Journal The name of the journal
Location Already included in Omeka but used for a publisher's address or conference location
Pages The page or pages where an article, paper or part of a book can be found
Volume The journal or book volume
Number The number of the journal with a volume for a journal. For manuals, reports, etc., the reference number assigned to the document by the creating institution
DOI The Digital Object Identifier for documents with a persistent DOI
Editor The editor of a collection or book
Book The title of the book in which a paper or section has been published
ISBN The International Standard Book Number of a book

Citation Types

Citations are presented differently depending on the Item Type of the item, or the Dublin Core Type of the collection. Citations use the following Dublin Core terms:

Type Author Year Editor Title Journal/Proceedings Publisher Location Pages Volume Number Date Institution Document Number URL DOI/ISBN
Article(2) Creator Date(1) Title Journal(3) or Collection Title Publisher or Collection Publisher Location Pages(3) Volume(3) Number(3) DOI(3)
Paper(2) Creator Date(1) Editor(3) or Collection Creator Title Book or Collection Title Publisher or Collection Publisher Location Pages(3) Date DOI(3)
Book(2) Creator Date(1) Editor(3) Title Publisher Location Volume(3) Pages(3) ISBN(3)
Manual(2) Creator Date(1) Title Institution(3) Number(3) DOI(3)
Thesis(2) Creator Date(1) Title Location(3) Institution Number(3) DOI(3)
Report(2) Creator Date(1) Title Institution(3) Number(3) DOI(3)
Text Creator Title Publisher Date DOI(3)
Website Title Date Local URL or Source
Hyperlink Title Date URL
Moving Image Creator, Director, Producer Date(1) Title Publisher
Still Image Creator Date(1) Title Publisher
default Creator Title Publisher Location Pages Date Institution(3) Number(3) URL DOI(3)

(1) Dates are parsed using the PHP parse_date function to see if a year can be recognised. In general, use mm/dd/yyyy for US-style dates, dd-mm-yyyy or for European-style dates and yyyy-mm-dd for ISO-style dates. Two digit years will be interpreted as yy-mm-dd - you have been warned. If a date cannot be parsed, the entire date is used.

(2) These item types are not part of the standard set of supplied item types.

(3) These would be really useful but don't have a corresponding Dublin Core term. Boo. Hiss. Instead, they can be added to the item type metadata associated with the new item types.


Journal articles and conference papers can draw some information from the collection that they are in. In this case the collection is treated as the journal or conference proceedings, with the title of the collection the title of the journal or conference and the creator of the collection the editor. For example, an article will get the journal title from the collection title if the Source is not present.

To override this behaviour, put na in the item's term (eg. Putting na in the Source for an article means that no journal will be listed).

Background Images

You can use any repeatable image as a background image. Three backgrounds are available as part of the theme, all reflecting the technical background to the theme:

Sortable Shortcodes

The [items ...] and [collections ...] shortcodes have been extended to allow user-selected sort options, similar to the browse pages.

The old behaviour can be selected via a configuration checkbox. Alternately, the sortable=1 or sortable=0 options can be added to a shortcode to override the default behaviour.

The sort options are dc:title, dc:creator, dc:date and added. The initial sort option can either be defined in the shortcode or defaults to added.

The sort option applies to the whole page.

Geeks Corner


Licenced under the GPLv3.

Building the Theme

If you feel like modyfiying the theme, the CSS is generated by Compass/SCSS. You will need to install Compass before generating CSS; follow the instructions on the Compass page and then find out where gem has put the compass command.

Note, you may need to do a sequence of installs:

$xslt gem install --no-rdoc --no-ri sass gem install --no-rdoc --no-ri compass

To modify the the CSS modify the SCSS files found in css/scss and then run compass. On the command line, change to the source directory and run compass with the following command: $COMPASS/bin/compass compile css where $COMPASS is where-ever gem has decided to put Compass (eg. /usr/lib64/ruby/gems/2.1.0/gems/compass-1.0.3).

Citation Styles

Citation styles follow the Australian Government Style Manual (6th ed.) as far as is possible. If you want to change the way citations are presented, edit functions.php.

Version Released Minimum Omeka version
1.0January 26, 2019 [info]2.3