Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 9.41.27 PM

Platforms Overview

Omeka:

Omeka used by the digital humanities and are smaller projects (“the WordPress of digital archiving platforms”). If you don’t have your own server you can use Omeka.net and the basic free plan includes 500 MB of storage space. Omeka uses Dublin Core as their metadata standards, however through Omeka.org there are somewhere between 4-6 metadata standards which through plugins (such as VRA Core 4). You can search for Omeka.org Plugins (such as Neatline). If you want to try out Omeka, you can try it out in their Sandbox demo.

Examples:

Heroes and Villains (an omeka.net site)

100 Years: The Rockefeller Foundation

Battersea Arts Centre Digital Archive

Digital Dos Passos

Building an archive in Omeka.net:

Building exhibits in Omeka.net:

Scalar:

Scalar is used mostly for publishing e-books and digital born scholarship. I think this is the most promising platform. You can create paths and tags that work nonlinearly throughout your project. You can import files from their affiliated archives (Internet Archive, Critical Commons, and more), other archives (which they refer to Prezi, Soundcloud, Vimeo, and Youtube), internet files, local media files, and other Scalar books.

It is also possible to host Scalar to your ownserver!!! From their Github: “If you are technically inclined and decide to host your own version of Scalar, you’re free to customize and modify it in any way, but it’s up to you to download, install and troubleshoot updates as they become available.” However keep in mind, “the version of Scalar that is hosted on our servers guarantees that you are working on the most up-to-date version of the software.”

 Examples:

Performing Archive: Curtis + “the vanishing race”

Virtual Asian American Art Museum Project Pilot Lab

Scalar User’s Guide

Scalar Platform – Guided Tour :

WordPress:

Things to note about the differences between WordPress: Using portfolio.newschool.edu storage space is 500MB; WordPress.com is 3000MB (or ~ 3GB) however, you cannot upload audio files unless you have a space upgrade. WordPress.org relies on your own server and is more flexible in customizing your site. There are tons of WordPress tutorials online that you can search for. ***If anyone finds a good online exhibit that is hosted through WordPress, please feel free to share it with the class.***

Another resources that were mentioned in class today:

Harvard’s Wiki on Collection and Exhibition Platforms 

Viewshare –  “a free platform created by the Library of Congress for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow users to experience your digital collections.”

Timeline JS – “is an open-source tool that enables you to build visually-rich interactive timelines and is available in 40 languages.”

 Mediathread - “connects to a variety of image and video collections (such as YouTube, Flickr, library databases, and course libraries), enabling users to lift items out of these collections and into an analysis environment. In Mediathread, items can then be clipped, annotated, organized, and embedded into essays and other written analysis.”