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GU-Q: ANTH 360:War Ethnography

What is Omeka?

Omeka is a free, open source content management system for online digital collections.


A lightweight solution in comparison to traditional institutional repository software like DSpace and Fedora, Omeka has a focus on display and uses an unqualified Dublin Core metadata standard.

Class Omeka Website

War Ethnography - Administration Area

War Ethnography - Website


Omeka - User Manual

Omeka Workflow

Example for a workflow using Omeka

  • Choose and research a topic, especially one that has multimedia available for it.
  • Login to Omeka.
  • Create a new collection - give the collection a title, subject, and description at the minimum.
  • Begin adding items - include as much metadata as available.
  • Upload or embed the media content to the item record.
  • Assign the item to a collection and publish the item to make it visible on the website.

What is Dublin Core?

Dublin Core is a small set of vocabulary terms that can be used to describe digital resources (video, images, web pages, etc.), as well as physical resources such as books or CDs, and objects like artworks.

Dublin Core

Dublin Core Metadata Element Set

The original DCMES Version 1.1 consists of 15 metadata elements:

  1. Title - Typically, a Title will be a name by which the resource is formally known.
  2. Creator - An entity primarily responsible for making the resource.
  3. Subject - The topic of the resource.
  4. Description - An account of the resource (ex. a free-text account of the resource.)
  5. Publisher - An entity responsible for making the resource available.
  6. Contributor - An entity responsible for making contributions to the resource.
  7. Date - A point or period of time associated with an event in the lifecycle of the resource.
  8. Type - The nature or genre of the resource. (use the DCMI Type Vocabulary)
  9. Format - The file format, physical medium, or dimensions of the resource.
  10. Identifier - An unambiguous reference to the resource within a given context.
  11. Source - A related resource from which the described resource is derived.
  12. Language - A language of the resource.
  13. Relation - A related resource.
  14. Coverage - The spatial or temporal topic of the resource, the spatial applicability of the resource, or the jurisdiction under which the resource is relevant.
  15. Rights - Information about rights held in and over the resource.
Examples of using Dublin Core Metadata