Omeka: How Can It Benefit Us?

Our PEAK project has two parts: 1) researching marriage licenses and census records to track distances between couples before marriage in 1901 and 1921, and 2) scanning and transcribing a set of journals. In class we have discussed different ways of presenting our projects in order to share our research and fulfill the digital history application part of our course.

We are looking at Omeka (https://info.omeka.net/showcase/) as a possible resource to aid us in presenting our projects. Omeka is a web tool that helps museums and archives publish online exhibits. It is a free and easy to use tool that can help us organize and present our projects.

When looking at some of the examples, I immediately noticed a page called “Hermoupolis Digital Heritage Management (HERMES).” This site maps historical buildings in Greece and identifies those in need of additional work and conservation. I connected this with our idea of creating an interactive map displaying the distances between couples. I think we would be able to look further into how they created their map in order to get more ideas on how to make our own.

I also looked at the Appalachian Dulcimer Archive which hosts exhibits on these instruments or “music boxes.” There are a few different collections made up of pictures, audios, and written descriptions. For our project, like the Appalachian Dulcimer Archive, we can use Omeka to help embed our journal scans. We also have talked about producing a podcast on either the marriages and couples or interest or on notable entries from the journals, so Omeka could help us put those podcast episodes out for the public to access.

I think that Omeka will be helpful for our project and will make it easier for the public to interact with our results.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *