CombiningForces:
The Omeka for Art Historians Working Group

Sheila A. Brennan

Director of Strategic Initiatives Research Associate Professor

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History & New Media
@sherah1918

Getty Foundation
#DoingDAH14

Omeka Team | Working Group

Michele Greet,    GMU


Kimon Keramidas, NYU


Barbara Mundy, Fordham

Meghan Musolff, Michigan


Miriam Posner,    UCLA

 

Daniela Sandler, UMinn

 

Nathan Timpano, Miami
 

Project Goals

  • Convene working group of art historians using Omeka to advise on new dev & design
  • Design 3 new Omeka themes
  • Build a VRACore element set & Editorial Feedback plugin
  • Write documentation for using
    Omeka for art history classes & research
  • Present at CAA!
  • Contribute to growing body of
    digital art history work

Patterns of Work (plugins)

Scoping out requirements, requests, discussion in G-docs (first)

Patterns of Work (themes)

Scoping out some needs and wants (survey)

ArtHistoryDev

Created an Omeka testing site on RRCHNM dev server for working group members

Iterative Development

Develop/design, test, revise, re-test
with Omeka team + working group

 

3 New Themes

Editorial Plugin

Successes

  • Designing for targeted audiences is great!
     
  • Working with enthusiastic collaborators
     
  • On track to complete all deliverables
     
  • Making targeted intervention in digital art history initiatives

Please Try & Test!

Available today on GItHub

Omeka Addons Directory
(soon)

Challenges

  • New Themes and Plugins must work together w/existing core code & extensions
     
  • Plugin dev'd by other orgs (ie, Neatline) are out of our
    control
     
  • Managing priorities w/other Omeka development
     
  • Somethings are harder than you think!
     
  • Everyone is busy.

Future of this Collaboration

  • Wrapping Up:  April 30
     
  • Hoping to continue new relationships with working group members
     
  • Seeking other opportunities for collaboration on Omeka development or on art history projects.

Thank you!

Sheila A. Brennan

Director of Strategic Initiatives Research Associate Professor

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History & New Media

Image: Robert Rauschenberg, Winter Pool
Combine series 

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/494509

Joining Forces: The Omeka for Art Historians Working Group

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