Omeka or Not?

For this assignment, I looked at the sites for the French Revolution, Gilded Age Murder, Map Scholar, and Mapping the Republic Letters. It was obvious that the layout of the sites created with Omeka were more sophisticated and appeared more modern. Sites using Omeka were also more interactive and engaging as opposed to the text-heavy content on site without Omeka. As far as developing a website, Omeka makes it appear more aesthetically pleasing to the common eye and more likely to gain viewers. WordPress or other blogs can be used for Digital History to log progress and research gathering for academic or personal projects. A blog could be used to stated personal interpretations of the content observed as well.

For the sites that did not use Omeka, my attention span was very limited. For example, as I was looking at the site about the French Revolution, I was very quick to peak at the content but showed no real interest in the subjects the site were trying to convey. To me, the layouts felt primitive and not worthy of my attention even if the information came from scholarly sources. Also, there was an overwhelming amount of blocked text that I felt unwilling to read and immediately moved on. In the site for Gilded Age Murder, there was an evident improvement in the page layout compared to the French Revolution but there was also an extreme amount of blocked text to look through. It may have just been a pet peeve of mine, but seeing Times New Roman as the main font also turned me off to the site.

In the sites like Map Scholar and Mapping the Republic Letters that used Omeka, I was much more willing to explore the sites. Although there were areas where there were a lot of text, the text didn’t seem as heavy because it was broken up by some form of illustration to support the text given. These sites focused on the visual presentation of the information and I was highly appreciative.

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