Last week, my Digital Humanities class has been busy with creating a public website about martyrdom through Omeka. We worked on this website in order to help us analyze martyrdom and develop some connections with other historical artifacts or pictures that relate to it. Apparently the whole process in developing a resourceful website for others to see and use seems a bit more difficult than it looks, but I guess it takes some time to get used to it and learn more about what it can do.
Omeka has enabled me to consider a little bit more about the items that we set up online and add them to the collections. In comparing Omeka with WordPress, the site was careful in asking many questions about what the item was, where it originated from, and if we had the right to use it. This relates to Leopold’s, Articulating Culturally Sensitive Knowledge Online: A Cherokee Case Study in that it talked about how sensitive some items of a culture can be when it becomes public. When searching for items to include in the collections, it seemed a bit difficult to understand what the site was asking for from the various questions it provided to us, but it became a simple process in the end. Establishing the exhibits became interesting in thinking deeply about exhibit’s topic and utilizing different items for supporting our theme on martyrdom. These exhibits required a lot of research on the items chosen since they had to relate to martyrdom in any way from the time it took place to how it was portrayed in other works. Metadata takes uploading items seriously as it required information that not a lot of people would look at for any website.
Overall, the site has been useful in setting up a site that would be helpful for others in understanding history and culture.