Manage Collections (Images, Texts, etc)
To promote hybrid scholarship and publication, the Digital Scholarship team works with faculty and students to bring digital projects from planning through project management to discovery and access.
Omeka, an open-source tool developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, helps you create stylish and visually-appealing online exhibits built upon a collection of well-described digital objects (documents, images, etc.).
Building an effective Omeka exhibit requires careful planning before building the exhibit. Omeka allows the exhibit creator to use a construct a narrative consisting of digital objects and accompanying text. Planning an Exibit in Omeka, from Jen Rajchel and the Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education, is an outstanding resource that is highly recommended reading before designing and building an exhibit in Omeka. The basic steps outlined in the document include:
- Collecting digital materials. Triptych, the Tri-College's digital library of special collections materials, and TriArte, the Tri-College's digital repository of artworks and artifacts, both contain a wealth of digital material and are good places to start.
- Developing a thesis or main argument of your exhibit. This is very similar to developing a thesis for an academic paper. For more, see the "Thesis & Argument" subsection of the "Writing Process" heading on the Writing Center's Resources for Writers page.
- Imagine your audience. Create a set of user personas by thinking about who is viewing your exhibit and what you want them to get out of it. The Editing Modernism in Canada Project provides a humorous but useful look at user personas and how to approach them.
- Wireframe your exhibit. Be thoughtful about crafting your narrative, and sketch the layouts of your pages. There are many (often expensive) digital tools for wireframing complex websites, but pencil and paper work best for an Omeka exhibit.
Building an Exhibit
Once you have thoroughly planned out your exhibit, you're ready to build it in Omeka. If it is a single exhibit, it is best to register for an account on Omeka.net and host your exhibit on the web.
For more complex exhibits that involve plugins or functionality not provided on an Omeka.net exhibit, or you would prefer that your exhibit is hosted at Haverford, contact the Digital Scholarship team. See this page from the Omeka documentation to help decide whether you should use Omeka.net, or a local installation.
Here are a few examples of Omeka exhibits developed within the Tricollege:
- Philadelphia Meeting Houses, created by Christina Hurley for Haverford's Quaker and Special Collections, is an exhibit on Philadelphia area Quaker meeting houses that also incorporates a Google map, providing a spatial dimension to historical location data.
- Residing in the Past, an exhibit from Bryn Mawr College's Greenfield Center that makes excellent use of both photographs and archival material.
See the Omeka showcase for other examples of online exhibits built with Omeka.
Using Omeka in the Classroom
Omeka is also a powerful tool for use in the classroom, whether you want an entire class to collaboratively produce a small number of exhibits or you want each student to design their own. One of the most important questions you can ask yourself is whether or not Omeka is the most appropriate tool for your specific purposes. ProfHacker goes through several scenarios in a very helpful piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education called Teaching With Omeka.
Teaching History also offers good advice on various uses for Omeka in the classroom.
To learn more about using Omeka for your students in the classroom, contact a member of the Digital Scholarship team.
Other Useful Resources
Omeka Documentation - Getting Started and Frequently Requested Recipes
This is a list of officially supported Omeka Plugins
These instructions, devised by Rose Abernathy, allow the user to create a collection of objects in Omeka from existing objects in Triptych, the Tricollege's digital archive.
Planning an Exibit in Omeka from Jen Rajchel and the Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education
Wordpress is an ideal platform for textual content that is updated frequently or features blog posts, collaborative authoring, or user comments. It is simple, powerful, flexible, and extensible. It is also strongly supported by the open-source community. Because of this, many plugins are available to help easily customize your site.
Google Sites is a simple tool to create informational web sites that is already included in your HaverApps suite.
- Static map: a simple map for a print essay or a web site
- A simple but effective approach is to use an existing map and manipulating it in Adobe Photoshop. For example:
- Find a digitized historical map fromor from the
- Follow the steps outlined in this series of videos by Haverford student Shahzeen Nasim to crop, adjust, and edit your map in Photoshop.
- To learn more about using Photoshop to create maps, contact Corey Chao of Instructional Technology.
Credits: For her thesis "Burning Down the House: the Destruction of Pennsylvania Hall, the Construction of Identity, and the Crisis of Abolition in Antebellum Philadelphia," Rosalie Hooper'12 included an edited map from the David Rumsey Collection to highlight important locations in Philadelphia. The map was edited in Adobe Photoshop CS5 by Shahzeen Nasim.
- Interactive: a map that is clickable and responsive to user input
- Google Fusion Tables (you must use a non-Haverford Gmail account) provide a simple way to visualize data that's stored in a Google Spreadsheet and displayed on a Google Map.
- TileMill and GeoCommons are open-source tools that help you create beautiful interactive maps from your data set.
- If you're not sure of what tool to use, contactfor more information.
- GIS: Map complex data and find geographic relationships
- The library supports the use of ESRI ArcGIS software for Geographical analysis and more complex mapping.
- ArcGIS is installed on all of the public library computers
- Contact us to learn more about mapping projects
Credits: Mapping Microfinance, led by Economics professor Shannon Mudd, is a collaborative project between the student-run Microfinance Consulting Club and the Digital Scholarship team that uses GIS software to map locations of microfinance institutions.
Collections of Images, Documents, Etc... More Coming Soon!!
- For use in class
- the Trico's digital image repository, provides access to images that are part of the Tricollege Visual Repository. For more information on creating a collection in Tripix, contactor.
- Guidelines for digitizing your images: ***link***
- For my own research
- Seeorfor more information on organizing digital images
Dspace contains journal collections, college archives, etc. Full text searchable.
Tryptich has manuscript collections.
Of other objects
Dspace can hold data sets, images, sound files, etc. We will help with cataloguing and describing..
While excel charts are not always ideal, they are simple to make and can serve many purposes.
Add clarity and beauty to your data by using visualization tools supported by Digital Scholarship
- Tableau Public is a free tool that is great for posting charts, maps, and infographics to the web
TEI is a "set of Guidelines which specify encoding methods for machine-readable texts, chiefly in the humanities, social sciences and linguistics. Since 1994, the TEI Guidelines have been widely used by libraries, museums, publishers, and individual scholars to present texts for online research, teaching, and preservation." We would love to work with faculty and students on encoding Texts in TEI, or on analyzing encoded texts to help discover new ways of exploring works of literature.
Google Ngram Viewer is a tool that charts the yearly count of selected letter combinations, words, or phrases from a corpus of books digitized by Google. It is extremely easy to use, allowing for multiple search terms and phrases as well as adjustable time ranges. It is very effective in tracing the prominence of selected words in print culture from the nineteenth century to the present.
Culturomic User Guide from Harvard provides help in using the tool for scholarship.
The Library can create and host a Wiki for you as a collaborative commonplace book, a place to write and share articles, etc...
- Wordpress is a free open-source platform for blogging and web publishing that also provides means for collaborative authorship. We can work with you to design, create, host, and support your Wordpress site(s) while you retain full control over content and publishing.
- Pressbooks is an easy and beautiful way to make ebooks that are exportable in many formats.
- Apple's iBooks Author is another powerful tool for creating beautiful interactive digital publications.
- Some examples of iBooks:
- Digital Scholarship @HaverfordCollege (.iba, .pdf), a collection of interviews with Professors Shannon Mudd, Richard Freedman, Bret Mulligan, Assistant Director of Tri-co DH Jen Rajchel, and DS librarians Laurie Allen and Mike Zarafonetis. Authored by Shahzeen Nasim.
- Digital Arts and Humanities: Scholarly Reflections
- An electronic edition comprised of a selection of scholarly reflections from doctoral candidates on the Digital Arts & Humanities Ph.D. programme, which is part of the Digital Academy at University College Cork, Ireland. Released in May 2012, the project contains essays on a wide range of fields, from music technology to digital history. Compiled by James Sullivan. The collection is available in .iba and .pdf.
Where to Print Posters
- For academic research posters, Magill Library offers a walk-up printing service free of charge for class projects, and $10 for all other purposes.
- Science students can also use the printing services in the KINSC (with faculty permission), and the Digital Print Center.
- For extracurricular purposes, SAO () can print up to twenty-five copies of a flier.
File types: The easiest file format is PDF, though JPG is fine for ppt posters. If you would like to use a different file format, please ask us.
Resolution: 150dpi provides a good balance between file size and print quality. Posters printed at higher resolutions are often too large, cause printing problems and can tie up the print server. The default on Photoshop and other software is 72dpi, which is the standard for the screen, but printing at that resolution will result in a very pixelated image. If you are using image downloaded from the internet, make sure they are at least 150dpi at their final size.
Fonts: Use standard fonts like Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, and Verdana. Serif fonts are typically easier to read in print, while san-serif is preferred for digital visuals. If you use a non-standard font, we recommend rasterizing the text in case we don't have your font installed on our workstations.
--For large posters, titles should be in a sans-serif font, 72-120
--Subtitles and the rest of the type should be in a clear serif font 48-80
Examples and advice for research posters
Haverford College Communications’ Media Guide
Making an Academic Research Poster with PowerPoint - Youtube video
Designing Conference Posters
Bates College Poster Making 101
Photoshop Tutorial for Poster Design
Haverford College’s On-Campus Events Promotion Protocols & Procedures
Cornell Center of Materials Research’s Scientific Poster Design