This project involved inputting two items to our class’s shared Omeka site. The process was straightforward and easy to figure out. Upon registering for the trial level account, the Omeka site for Hist5891 that I had been invited to was there at the bottom of the page. 

Clicking Manage Site (see above) brought me to a page where there was an option to add an item (see below). 

This in turn brought me to a page wherein I could enter metadata into Dublin Core fields. For my first item, I was working with the book Byzantium between the Ottomans and the Latins by Nevra Necipoğlu. Many fields were self-explanatory as to what information was to be put there. For instance, the title of the book clearly belonged in the first field “title,” the author’s name in the field “creator,” and the publisher in the field “publisher.” Referring to an explanation of the fields cleared up what was to go in the other fields. Subject entries and description were copied from the publisher’s website. Since I was the one contributing the book to this site, I put my name as the contributor. Some fields were not applicable for this source, such as “relation,” since there are no important related resources appropriate to such a field for this book. Format details were copied from the Amazon listing for this book. For “type” I had initially entered “hardcover,” forgetting that we were to use DCMI-Type Vocabulary, which only requires the more vague term “text.”

Finally I added a jpeg of the cover of this book, by clicking on the “Files” tab at the top of the page, and choosing the file to upload. From there it was a matter of clicking “Save Changes.” and this first item was added to the list. 

 Cover of Byzantium between the Ottomans and the Latins

For my second item, I used the restored version of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa. For this icon, the metadata was largely supplied from its listing on ARTstor. While being a very different object, and the metadata entered respectively different, the process of figuring out what information goes where was straightforward enough.

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