Omeka Project

Omeka Project (15%):

Due December 3. To turn in this assignment, each person should post the URL to the Omeka Project in Canvas. I am happy to look at rough draft projects sent to me by November 20, midnight.

For this project, you will install and design an Omeka project that is centered on 15-21 letters from Joseph Conrad to various recipients.
Individual Requirements:

  • Each person will sign up for five to seven letters in the database. He/She will be responsible for
    1. uploading and including metadata for the images that comprise your letters in your Omeka Exhibit. This includes making relationships between the objects (images and encoded transcriptions) that make up your project.
    2. uploading and including metadata for your TEI-encoded letters due in Digital Assignment #2. Including the TEI letters can be done in two ways: either by using the TEIDisplay plugin or by transforming the letter with XSL BEFORE uploading and including the letter as an HTML object.
    3. including useful context and integration. This means including object titles for each image and transcription as well as descriptions and short summaries for each letter. This also includes making sure that relationships between the objects are set up and taxonomies are applied. The context of the project will be integrated into the organization of your letters. It will be obvious that you have done this well when it is apparent to the user that the objects in your edition are well described and can be located within the context of the larger project. Ultimately, if you do this well, users will know what they are seeing.
    4. including at least one useful textual analytics visualization created in Voyant with a paragraph that describes why this visualization tells the user something about your five to seven letters within the context of the ENTIRE collection (including the entire class’s letters, which will be made available to everyone).
  • Each group will be responsible for
    1. Successfully implementing TEIDisplay according to the Documentation.
    2. integrating the metadata description standards you developed in the Omeka Lab for all of the letters in your edition. This includes standardization of titles, metadata, and keyword terms.
    3. incorporating Neatline and at least one additional “feature” from the Omeka Plug-ins list other than TEIDisplay across your project.
    4. writing an introduction. Your short introduction (750 words) should describe this part of the collection but should also include an explanation of any plug-ins you have used and why. It should also include suggestions for further developments by making ties with existing digital archives, editions, and collections that could be associated with this project (beyond your classmates’ projects!) and how and also to imagine the possibilities that could result from the HRC using the most innovative DH interfaces and tools and the best standards for accessing and sustaining this collection of letters as a whole.
    5. professionalizing the exhibit. This includes making sure that the design is coherent throughout and makes sense, that your introduction is thorough and illustrative and that the text is not only informative but error-free.


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