Digital Humanities-Focused Workshops

Posted on Oct 12, 2016
October 21, 2016
1:00 pmto4:00 pm
The ETCL and UVic Libraries invite you to join us this fall for a couple of digital humanities-focused workshops.The workshops are free and open to students, faculty, and staff at UVic, SFU, and UBC as well as all community members. This fall we will be offering workshops on Content Management Systems and Project Management for DH.

 

The DH Skills Workshop Series is a partnership between ETCL, DHSI, and UVic Libraries and is affiliated with Simon Fraser University (DHIL and the SFU Library Research Commons) and the University of British Columbia (UBC Library and UBC Advanced Research Computing).

 

Our first workshop, “Introduction to Content Management Systems: Creating Exhibits with Omeka,” will be held next week. Details and link to register below.

 

Friday, October 21
1-4 pm
McPherson Library, room 130

 

Professor: Dr. J. Matthew Huculak, Postdoctoral Fellow of Digital Scholarship, UVic Libraries

 

Content Management Systems (CMS) allow users to create powerful websites with user-friendly interfaces. For example, over 25% of websites today run WordPress, the most popular CMS in the world. WordPress, however, was designed for blogging and commercial use and is not necessarily suited for long-term digital preservation.

 

Omeka, a Swahili word meaning “to display or lay out wares,” is designed by digital scholars to provide a user-friendly interface for the creation of exhibitions of cultural heritage objects. Omeka is a “free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Its ‘five-minute setup’ makes launching an online exhibition as easy as launching a blog” (Omeka.org).

 

Attendees will learn how to digitize files and objects and create rich exhibitions using the Omeka platform. By the end of the workshop, we will have:
• Set up personal Omeka.net accounts
• Introduced to the basics of digital preservation
• Learned to digitize an object/file
• Created simple metadata for those objects
• Created a personal exhibit
• Learned the best practices of storytelling for exhibits

 

Any person interested in creating online exhibits and managing digital objects will benefit greatly from this course. Attendees are encouraged to bring a series of items or texts that are meaningful to them.

 

To register please email jhuculak@uvic.ca.

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