Have you heard of Omeka?

Sorry for the absence recently, I was planning on posting a lot more but my apartment is having electrical issues after it rained. I think a mouse decided to bite one of my power lines because only my refrigerator is running at the moment. An electrician is suppose to be coming Thursday but he said it may be a few visits but because of the inconvenience I have moved my schedule around to have a minimum of 3 hours at the library everyday for some post class studying/blog post. I’ll be honest its hard to live without the internet and the schedule change was also influenced by the lack of Netflix.

Similar to my previous post on Archives, I am going to talk about my experience with Omeka. This past week I researched in a lot into the religion and artifacts relating to the story of Perpetua and Felicitas for the Digital Humanities course I previously posted about. I wont go into too much detail about their story but feel free to look it up! There is actually a short animated show about it if you are like me and prefer watching instead of reading, #Dyslexia. Long story short, Perpetua and Felicitas were martyrs that had a very intense and romantic tale by refusing to give up their faith. Typical religious story inspiring people to stand up for what they believe in. The class built an online exhibit that I will link at the bottom of the post with Omeka that gave us a semi user friendly format to collect the metadata and organize an online exhibit. This exercise gave me a great insight on website/exhibit design, legal online sharing, and the in depth research on religion and historical traditions. Omeka was a little difficult to use at first but after a few entries it became more familiar. The website and exhibit layout was made a lot more simple with the help of Omeka.

The experience in creating the online exhibit reminded me of many different readings but mostly got me thinking about sharing on the internet. All of the material in the exhibit was found on the internet and doing researching the copyrights on sharing or reusing that material was enlightening into how copyrights work but I think we made a great site. Between the “Setting the Stage” reading by Anne Gilliland on metadata and an earlier one on internet sharing I think back to my experience being a private investigator in training. My father was my mentor and taught me the business I want to take over in the future. With the things my dad taught me in finding people, I was able to find some pretty interesting things for the exhibit. My favorite item being the animated film and comic book about Perpetua and Felicitas. Collecting metadata to include in the exhibit personally was the hardest part because I felt as if somehow I was going to mess things up or get emailed about copyright infringement.

Along with the research I was doing for the exhibit I was doing my own research on a site I regularly visit. The title “World’s most expensive hard disk made of sapphire will last 1 million years” caught my eye and got me thinking of how it could be used for archiving purposes. The 20cm industrial sapphire disks cost about $30,000 and can hold around 40,000 miniaturized pages. Two of these disks are then molecularly fused together and all you will need to view these pages is a microscope! The concept of this is incredible that we can bury this CD somewhere and a million or even thousands of years from now people could see whatever is documented on it. One of the problems with archiving is that computing and technologies are forever evolving eventually leaving behind the programs used to read that code. This simple disk takes that one problem and throws it out the window… But it is much more expensive and only holds 40,000 pages which isn’t much in my opinion.


Link to Omeka Exhibit: Exhibit

Link to Sapphire CD article: Article

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