In July of 2014, I was invited to present a guest lecture for Foundations of Digital Data (IST676) at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, taught by Angela U. Ramnarine-Rieks. This talk provides an inside look at creating a digital collection. As this was an online, asynchronous class, I recorded my presentation as a YouTube video. It includes some discussion of the technical underpinnings of the Omeka site I’ve created for Vassar’s collection of historic clothing, including slides that show my customizations in PHP for showing related items.
These slides are also online at http://www.slideshare.net/ardenkirkland/kirkland-ist676-nomovies
This presentation builds on several that I did in the spring of 2014, starting with “One of Many Small Collections,” part of a panel for the annual symposium for the Costume Society of America (at http://www.ardenkirkland.com/work/portfolio/one-of-many-small-collections/). I then adapted that for a presentation at the Bard Graduate Center for the NYC Digital Humanities Omeka Users Group, “Representing Material Culture Online: Historic Clothing in Omeka,” which added more technical detail (http://www.ardenkirkland.com/work/portfolio/representing-material-culture-online/). “Inside a Digital Collection” was then further adapted as a case study for an audience of library students.