Omeka: Contribution Workflow

  1. Visit the CDSC Omeka instance (
  2. Browse items to get a sense of how they exist as part of the CDSC’s entire catalog of digital collections.
  3. Browse also by Exhibits, Timelines, and Collections to get a sense of the different organizational structures built into the Omeka CMS.
  4. Locate Data Design under Collections. That will be the collection that your materials belong to once they’ve been approved for public display.
  5. Select “Contribute Item.” Be sure the drop down menu is set to “image.”
  6. Upload the file as you would an attachment.
  7. Fill out each field as carefully as possible. This will become the metadata that documents your digital items. That is, by filling out these fields you are creating a record which becomes the index of each item you upload. The record is only as good as the data you input.
  8. A note on copyright: Your own work belongs to you, so you can determine how to share it. The collection is shared under a Creative Commons license. You can reserve all rights if you prefer. Or select your own CC license that is different than the one I picked for the common materials. Unlike your work, the historical example you pick must be public domain. You should indicate as much in the metadata.
  9. Please select “publish my contribution on the web.” Otherwise it will not be available to exhibit. Do not select “private contribution,” which prevents it from being public.
  10. Repeat these steps for each item you contribute. In total, you should upload three images: the front of your postcard, the back of your postcard, and your historical example.

Omeka: Exhibit Workflow

  1. Read the Omeka Exhibit Style Guide created by WSU Libraries Manuscript, Archives and Special Collections division (MASC).
  2. Look at the front end (public view) of our class Exhibit by selecting “Exhibits” on the left-hand menu.
  3. Visit “Data Visualization” to see if anyone has completed pages yet. If they have, check out their work and think about how you want to make your exhibit page similar or different from what’s already in place.
  4. Log into the class’s shared Omeka account, DTC356. See email for password.
  5. Select “Omeka Admin” from the top menu.
  6. Select “Exhibits” from Dashboard’s top menu or the right-hand menu.
  7. Find “Data Visualization” and select “edit” from underneath the title.
  8. Scroll past the metadata fields to the button that says “Add Page.”
  9. Make the title of your page your name.
  10. Use the Omeka Exhibit Style Guide to help with creating the page.
  11. Be sure your exhibit page includes both the front and back sides of your data visualization, your historic example, and your artist statement.