Workshop Goal:

By the end of the workshop, attendees will have contributed three related items (each of which has a location), one collection, and one exhibit to the archive.

Website Information:


Login information:

Username: workshopaccount

Password: DHWorkshop

Data Source:

Library of Congress Flickr Account:

How to Add an Item:

(Modified from

  1. From your items page ( the “Add an Item” button.
  2. This takes you to the admin/items/add page where you see a navigation bar across the top pointing you to different stages of adding an item.
  3. The first tab shows the Dublin Core metafields. Enter the following information:
    1. Title: What you want to call the item (e.g. 1920s Barber Shop in Brooklyn)
    2. Description: A short prose describe of them (This photograph depicts       . . .)
    3. Creator: Who created the original item? (e.g. author, photographer)
    4. Source: Where did you get the item? (URL to website it came from, publisher/book image came from, etc.)
  4. The Files tab lets you upload files to an item.
    1. First, save the image you want to your computer
    2. Right click to save, or click the “download” button on Flickr
    3. If you have an image, upload your image by clicking “Choose File” and selecting the file.
  5. The Tags tab allows you add keyword tags to your item.
  6. IMPORTANT: Click the “Public” checkbox under “Add Item.”
  7. Click “Add Item” to add your item to the archive

How to Build a Collection:

(Modified from

  1. Next, you’ll group your items into a collection based on a similar theme.
  2. Come up with a name for your collection (e.g. “Irene Adler in Adaptations.”)
  3. Click on the “Collections” tab in the /admin interface top navigation bar. Any collections you create will be listed on the /admin/collections page.
  4. Click “Add a Collection.”
  5. Name and describe your collection
  6. Click the “Public” checkbox to make this collection visible to the public.
  7. Be sure to click “Save Collection” to save your newly-created collection.
  8. Next, assign items to a collection:
    1. Open an item you want to add to the collection.
    2. To the right of the page, under the “Add Item” button is a drop-down menu where you can assign your item to a collection. Remember, items can only belong to one collection.
  9. Be sure to click the “Add Item” button to save your data.

How to Build an Exhibit:

(Modified from

  1. Click on the Exhibits tab in the top nav bar of the Admin interface, and click the “Add Exhibits” button on the right side. You will arrive at an Exhibit Metadata page. Fill in the empty fields.
  • Exhibit Title: This is the title of the entire exhibit (e.g. “Irene Adler in Adaptations”)
  • Exhibit Slug (no spaces or special characters):This is the exhibit name as it appears in the website URL. For example, “adler” is the slug in
  • Exhibit Credits:These will appear with description on the public site. Put your name here.
  • Exhibit Description:Write a brief introduction to the entire exhibit that appears on the public site.
  • Exhibit Tags:Tags help associate exhibits with other items in your archive.
  • Exhibit is featured:Leave this blank
  • Exhibit is public/not public:Check “Public”
  • Exhibit Theme: Leave this as is.
  • Use Summary Page: Uncheck the box. This will get rid of a title page for your exhibit.
  1. To proceed with your exhibit, you must create a page, so click“Add Page.”
  2. Give your page a title and a slug (e.g. “Adler Adaptations” for the title and “adler” for the slug).
  3. Next, you choose the layout for your exhibit.  To add text next to the images in your archive, you’ll want to select “File with Text.”
  4. Select “Add New Content Block.”
  5. Now, you’re ready to add your text and items.
  6. Click the “Add Item” button, select your first item, click “Select Item,” give it a short caption (under a sentence), and click “Apply.”
  7. Type your text about the first item in the box labeled “Text” below.
  8. Click on the arrow next to the words “Layout Options.” Adjust the drop-down menus to change the position and size of your image.
  9.  Repeat steps 5-9 for each item in your exhibit. Remember to click “Save Changes” frequently.
  1. Congrats! You made an exhibit! Click “Save Changes” one last time, then go to, click “Browse Exhibits,” and find yours. Click on it and make sure you’re happy with how it looks.

Sample Completed Omeka Project:

19th Century Disability: Cultures and Contexts:

Sample Omeka Student Projects:

Victorian Queer Archive:

Papers of the Past:

Suffering Suffragettes:

Sample Omeka Classroom Assignment: Instructions: