ECDA | Omeka Users Guide
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.
The following document provides users of the ECDA | Omeka an overview of the technical functions as well as potential analytical opportunities of the site.
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ECDA | Omeka — An Introduction
Table of Contents
Exhibit Public Page
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
Here is the main Dashboard page
Here is the main Items page
Here is the Dublin Core add-“Item” page
Here is the Main Scripto Login Page
Scripto-“User Contributions” Page
Transcription from an “Item”
Editing/Revising Existing Transcription
Adding Exhibit Sub-Page(s)
Adding File(s) to Page Structure