Planning to use Omeka for a project in the next weeks, I started few days ago reading docs and looking at already existing Omeka websites. In my case, exhibit will be focused on authors as well as on documents. Of course, I’d like to have links between both (a document has an (or several) author(s), and an author produced one (or several) documents. To this purpose, I will of course use the itemRelations plugins.
But I’m wondering how to use it: actually, I did not saw any example of an item page showing links to related items (a document page with a link for each author, and a author page with a link to a list of documents in my case). It also does not look like it is possible to directly choose (eg with a dropdown list) an item to link with when adding a new item (is it ?).
I really need to have those functionalities and plan to develop them if not already existing. But it seems to me (maybe due to the fact that they are not already existing in such an advanced tool) that they are against Omeka’s ” philosophy”. If so, is there any workaround ?
Thanks in advance for your answers !
If you haven't already, you should install Omeka and the Item Relations plugin. This way you can see firsthand that the features you're requesting are available. Also, feel free to read the instructions.
Thank you for your tactful answer. Indeed, I should have precisely tried the plugin before asking questions. It appears, now that I gave a try, that the plugin allows much more than what I expected.
I wonder however if it is possible to link this plugin and the CSV Import plugin, allowing to make item relations from CSV files having link between them. I'm not sure wether this is already possible (i really think it is not right now). Any tips on how to do that will be appreciated, thanks.
The Item Relations and CSV Import plugins are incompatible because the former requires that the items already exist in Omeka. I suppose the CSV import plugin could be modified to allow this, but the changes would be considerable, and it's not something we plan to do in the near future.
I understand this. Another idea would be to only allow to batch the item relation plugin: all data already existing on the platform, user would specify which item types would link, on what attribute, what relation type, etc. This is maybe what I will try to do.
We've already implemented batch editing of item relations in the master branch. This has yet to be released, but will soon be after some testing.
Thanks for your answer, this is a very good new.