Open Source Digital Archiving: Omeka, Collective Access, and Beyond

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11 Mar 2014
$20 for the first part; $50 for both

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Creating and managing digital archives, catalogs, and collections is a growing concern as organizations seek to manage files and records, metadata-gather, and enable complex searches of their cultural production, ephemera, archives and/or born-digital assets.

This one-evening, two-part workshop goes in-depth on two popular and well-supported open-source digital archiving and collections management softwares that address these issues. We'll look at Omeka, used primarily in academic and digital humanities projects; and CollectiveAccess, used primarily in GLAM [Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums] projects.

The first half of the workshop will orient you to who uses and how these softwares are implemented, what to expect and consider in a cataloging software project; and includes an overview of features,  metadata schemas, and problems to look out for.

The second half dives deeper into a hands-on comparison of these two programs, and participants will have an opportunity to build [and break!] from web interfaces and command-line access.


Hadassah Damien is a technologist, catalog software developer, and digital communications specialist at Openflows. As a community organizer who also implements technology to help activists succeed, and a multimedia artist who also builds digital archives, her work intersects functionality with agility, practicality, and the democratic politics of open-source cultures. She has collaborated on digital collection sites for John Jay library, The Interference Archive,  and more. She holds an MA in American Studies, and a Certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Openflows Community Technology Lab is a NYC-based worker cooperative committed to bringing collaborative and cutting edge open source software [FLOSS] solutions to non-profit organizations, NGOs, libraries, progressive community organizations, and more. Since 2003 we have specialized in planning, configuration, and customization of FLOSS for large and small organizations worldwide.


Bring your own laptop (Please notify Erica at if you need a computer)

The first half of the workshop is geared to participants of all technical backgrounds.

The second half is geared to those comfortable with some web-building. If you are ok using WordPress, you'll be ok at this section. Please bring a computer or be comfortable using a station at Eyebeam, as we will be learning by using. If you bring your own machine, ensure you have a command-line tool, an HTML editor [try TextWrangler if you don't have one], and a few images to load into the systems to test it out.


Part 1 - 6:30PM-8:00PM - Theory, digital catalog/archive project overview

Part 2 - 8:30-10:00PM - Hands-on learning, technical interfacing, back-end

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