ECDA | Omeka Users Guide

ECDA | Omeka — An Introduction

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Sponsored by the Digital Library of the Caribbean (DLOC) and housed in Northeastern University’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks (NULabTMN), the Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA) is a highly interactive digital scholarly lab for the collaborative study of pre-C20 Caribbean literature. The ECDA seeks to engage scholars and students in a shared, critical study of the textual, material, and cultural histories of the Caribbean by providing them innovative digital technologies and an interactive, collaborative platform for generating new knowledges of the Caribbean’s rich body of texts through text/data mining, network analysis, visual analysis, geospatial mapping, etc. The ECDA | Omeka installation is the first phase in the development of the ECDA project. Scholars, teachers, and students will begin working w/ these valuable Caribbean materials by helping to develop analytics, transcribe primary source materials, research bibliographic and political histories of project items, develop and design curated exhibits, offer original research and analyses of the bibliographic, political, and cultural histories of these materials, and submit new items to the project — where each level of participation and collaboration will contribute in the building of both the ECDA project and a broader Caribbean studies discourse and scholarly practice.

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The following document provides users of the ECDA | Omeka an overview of the technical functions as well as potential analytical opportunities of the site.

In addition to reviewing our ECDA | Omeka Users guide, we invite you to become a contributing member of the ECDA by enrolling as a member of the ECDA Digital Scholars Lab. Sign up is free and easy! Get started now!

ECDA | Omeka — An Introduction

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Items

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Exhibits

Exhibit Public Page

Items

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And item represents the smallest unit of catalogued digitized material in the ECDA | Omeka archive. Items are used to compose exhibits, based on their shared characteristics across the form and/or content and/or context of items. There are a range of generic item types contained in the ECDA — such digitized materials include full works of poetry, narratives, novels, newspapers, letters, and other pieces of ephemera; image-items, such as maps, drawings and paintings; and even sound recordings.

Uploading a New Item to the ECDA Database

  1. Log in (here) to the administrator Dashboard using your http://omekasites.neu.edu/ECDA username and password. (If you do not yet have access to the ECDA, please contact the site administrator <ecda.nulab@gmail.com>.)
  2. Select “Item” from left Dashboard menu.

Here is the main Dashboard page

  1. Select “Add Item” to begin uploading a new item.

Here is the main Items page

Here is the Dublin Core add-“Item” page

  1. Complete the Dublin Core Metadata Fields to the best of your ability.

  1. Select “Item Type” from drop-down menu.                        

  1. Upload Item File(s) to Omeka Site.

  1. Include Relevant Tags for your uploaded Item

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  1. Create (here) your MediaWiki account (MediaWiki.org requires Scripto users to create an account through their system. This account is in addition to your ECDA | Omeka account, with separate user ID and Password).
  2. Log in (here) to the ECDA administrator Dashboard using your http://omekasites.neu.edu/ECDA username and password. (If you do not yet have access to the ECDA, please contact the site administrator <ecda.nulab@gmail.com>.)
  3. Select “Scripto” from the Dashboard menu to access “Your Contributions” library.

Here is the Main Scripto Login Page

Scripto-“User Contributions” Page

Transcription from an “Item”

       Begin Transcription

Editing/Revising Existing Transcription

Transcription Discussions

Exhibits

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       Exhibit Builder

                                             Exhibit Backend


Adding Exhibit Sub-Page(s)

                                                Page Layout/Metadata

Page Layout

Adding File(s) to Page Structure

Primary Content

Secondary Content

Exhibit Public Page

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