Blog #4- Omeka Reflection

My experience with Omeka was somewhat enjoyable. On one hand, I enjoyed being able to examine the tangible sources and in my group’s case, it was sorting through various video game magazines and strategy guides. It was insightful to look at the finer details of given sources and looking at how a bulk of them have shifted and changed since older issues were published. Taking note of these features, archiving and data entry onto Omeka promoted my awareness into looking at how individual sources can portray a narrative when collectively placed into a collection. However, I can see how frustrating or tedious one might find the activity to be in trying to find all the details for the source, finding appropriate file sizes for the pictures and then realizing that it is not centered properly when it is posted. I did not go a long time without consulting my peers about what to write or add a certain piece into the collection. It always felt like a collective effort where we made sure to be consistent in our description and labels. Curating is definitely a much easier and far more enjoyable activity in a group setting. I liked being able to discuss with the group on the kinds of material and what themes we included for our collection. 

Data entry and curating a collection are all crucial skills and can definitely be used in future history projects. I can see this being used to create databases for sources on particular historical themes, tailoring it to secondary literature. One project that comes to mind is using this for creating annotated bibliographies and publishing them online for other scholars who share similar fields to access for their own research. The bibliography can display book covers, ISBN, abstracts, and can tailor it so that others can add it to their own lists such as Zotero. As previously mentioned in the last blog post, family histories and oral histories over relatives in a kind of personal or ethnic studies project can be applied with an Omeka archive where one can curate a certain type of familial experience such as immigration journies into the collection. Digitizing photos, objects, and other related material pertinent to that family’s experience can help display the narrative of the collective database into a meaningful story of their journey.

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