(Show and tell: Sherwood at NEMLA:http://bit.ly/Sherwood-NEMLA and Lexos, the Voyant alternative.)

Discussion of readings.

  • Explain taxonomy (nomenclature), classification system, ontology (in this context), and meta-deta.
  • What are some risks in a mis-match between an ontology and experience? (i.e. a poorly structured but strict system)
  • How would you describe an effective classification system?
Group Activity
  • People and Things - This is a Flickr photo gallery containing a fairly broad range of images. I think all are either people or things, but ... that's a pretty basic taxonomy. Flickr has tools for organizing things within a structure, but often users create very loose, un-defined groupings such as this one).
  • Propose (and sketch) a better system.

Databases - Discuss:

What does it mean, however, to assert that databases are the new, current, and future form of knowledge and that they will replace narrative in the study of history, the creation of literature, or the development of artistic expression? The theorist Lev Manovich suggests that database and narrative are “natural enemies”—but why and on what grounds? A special issue of the PMLA, the Publication of the Modern Language Association generated much controversy when it took up these and other arguments.

  • Why build a database instead of a simple website?


Showcase - which site did you explore that utilized an interesting or effective organization?

Homework: 1) Reflect on possible topics for your own Omeka exhibit. You should have a theme, concept, or purpose in mind; and you should be able to legally obtain or create relevant material such as texts or images. 2) Share a post on your blog summarizing two possible ideas and listing sources you might draw upon (websites, archives etc.) 3) Create a free account for yourself at Omeka.net.



What are notable features of the best Omeka exhibits?
What makes for an interesting, informative, or useful site?

Omeka workshop. Bring your laptops.

  1. Exploring the structure of Omeka (item, collection, exhibit)
  2. Medata and tags.
  3. SimplePages vs. Exhibits
  4. Workflow (finding, documenting, and adding an item).
  5. Define a collection
  6. Build an exhibit.

Legal Sources

Copyleft (Creative Commons)
Public domain
Original works (i.e. photographs you have taken).
Fair use and the four factors

Your archival Omeka mini-project should deal with some coherent, defined literary, linguistic, or cultural phenomenon. You will need to have access to "objects" that you can legally include in the archive, via fair use, copyleft/creative commons licensing, or because they are in the public domain.
Important sources for copyleft or public domain materials include:

  1. The British Library https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/
  2. Public Domain Sherpa: Books Photos, Maps, etc.
  3. Internet Archive: ebooks, video, and sound
  4. Project Gutenberg: (scanned classic texts)
  5. Search Creative Commons (indexing available texts/items from across the web)
  6. Google Books (a selection of public domain books; select free google ebooks in the search customization. These can then usually be downloaded in epub or pdf format.)
  7. US National Archives (images, text, etc)

HW: 1) For Tuesday, please read and be prepared to discuss : LDA “Digital Editions. Remediation” C4, pp. 57-81. 2) Begin gathering legal "objects" for your archive. These should be images, texts, or other files that are public domain or licensed for use with a project such as yours! Upload them as items to Omeka