Images Lesson Plan I

Due: Friday at 8 p.m.

Metadata: information attached to historical sources.

Creating web exhibits requires that we pay attention to both the original object and a variety of information associated with that object. That information is called metadata. We use metadata the way traditional books and articles used citations.

Learning objectives

At the end of this lesson students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate awareness of the Dublin Core Standards as built into Omeka by successfully creating a new item in our site.

  2. Successfully find an object from a credible museum website in the pre-reconstruction era.

  3. Create an item in Omeka using the metadata found on the museum website.

  4. Successfully generate information for 80% of the Dublin Core Standard boxes in the item creation record.

  5. Mark your new item as public and place it in one of our four collections (gender, ideas, organizing people, material culture).

  6. Recognize the importance of metadata in citing material from the web.

  7. Articulate their own lesson goal for this lesson.

Activities to complete Images Lesson I

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Log in to Omeka.

Click on “Items” to add a record.

This is the page that will allow you to add a picture to one of our Collections: Land, Native Peoples, Material Culture, or Organizing People. However, before doing that you need to do two things: learn about the Dublin Core Standards and how they are used in Omeka and find an image that from the pre–1870 period.

Working with Dublin Core – Omeka

When presenting information about the past, scholars needed to agree on what are the key information items, or metadata, that should be attached to historical objects. In 1985 a group created the Dublin Core (named for Dublin, Ohio, not Ireland) . The Dublin Core is 15 key pieces of information we try to attach to all objects posted to the them. Not all objects have all 15 metadata. Please review the Dublin Core here) before looking for an image.

Find an image.

To find an image, please use a credible website such as:

Minnesota Historical Society

Immigration History Research Center

Once you’ve found an item from the pre–1877 era, you need to save that image to import it into Omeka. You can do this by right clicking an image and “Save Image As.” Save the image as a jpg, and call it what it’s called on the museum website.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: You need to copy a stable or permalink for the page so that anyone who sees your image in Omeka can click on the link and see the source.

You’ll need both the image and the information to accurately add an Omeka item.

Below I’ve right clicked on the image to open in a new tab.

Create Item from Museum website.

Now you are ready to create a new item in Omeka. I like to put the Omeka page right next to the museum page. NOTE: when copying the description, put the words from the website in quotation marks. Creating credible online exhibits demands attention to transparency (what is my work, what is others’ work) and citations (who created what.) We are not creating historical mashups.