Neatline Release Omnibus Edition

For the next and final round of the Omeka plugin release parade, I’m pleased to announce minor or patch releases for all Neatline plugins. Neatline is an Omeka plugin that helps you tell stories in time and space from your Omeka collection. For more information, see our original announcement or the Neatline site. For now,…. Continue reading “Neatline Release Omnibus Edition”.

Neatline Omeka Theme Name Contest

Yesterday I tweeted asking for name suggestions for an Omeka theme based on the design of We’ve already gotten a few great responses, but we’ve decided to kick it up a notch. We’ve got a few Neatline t-shirts. They’re nice t-shirts, as demonstrated by our friendly Scholars’ Lab Waynebot: Between now and next Thursday morning, say…. Continue reading “Neatline Omeka Theme Name Contest”.

Hot off the Presses 2: BagIt Plugin

Photo by kittybabylove Continuing our roll-out of Omeka plugins we’ve been working on here at the Scholars’ Lab, I’m pleased to announce the BagIt plugin for Omeka. BagIt is a specification by the Library of Congress for creating containers of files with metadata. However, the files don’t actually have to be in the container. There…. Continue reading “Hot off the Presses 2: BagIt Plugin”.

Omeka Capistrano Recipes

The Scholars’ Lab has been working a lot with Omeka over the last several years, and in that time I’ve accumulated a bunch of different installations of Omeka. On alone, there are four different Omeka containers running. If I were a glutton for punishment, I would manage these by setting up a new space…. Continue reading “Omeka Capistrano Recipes”.

Announcing Neatline!

What do you get when you cross archives and artifacts with timelines, modern and historical maps, and an appreciation for the interpretive aims of humanities scholarship? Today, the Scholars’ Lab is proud to announce the launch of Neatline, our set of Omeka plugins for hand-crafted geo-temporal visualization and interpretation. You can head right over to…. Continue reading “Announcing Neatline!”.

Commentary on Migrating an Omeka Site

This week, for the TEIDisplay project, I migrated an existing Omeka installation to another server for Carin and me to use as our development sandbox. (We could have also locally installed an Omeka collection on our computers, but I wanted to make sure we were always wading through the same river.) I found some good…. Continue reading “Commentary on Migrating an Omeka Site”.

An Update to TEIDisplay for Omeka

This spring, my colleague Zane Schwarzlose and I are working on an update to the TEIDisplay plugin for Omeka, developed by Ethan Gruber at the Scholars’ Lab. While it’s a great tool, it was developed as part of previous versions of Omeka. Even then, it was at times difficult to use, and some TEI elements…. Continue reading “An Update to TEIDisplay for Omeka”.

Collaborative mentoring at UT & UVa: co-developing an updated TEIDisplay for Omeka

In partial answer to Bethany‘s charge in her recent ProfHacker piece “it starts on day one,” I’m very excited to introduce a cross-institutional effort  between the Scholars’ Lab and the School of Information at UT-Austin to mentor two UT graduate students in the iSchool as they work to develop a DH tool for the DH community. The…. Continue reading “Collaborative mentoring at UT & UVa: co-developing an updated TEIDisplay for Omeka”.

Generating HTML fixtures using Zend, Omeka, PHPUnit, and Jasmine

One of the reasons that testing JavaScript can be so pesky (and perhaps one of the reasons that so little JavaScript is tested…) is the fact that you have to maintain a library of HTML “fixtures” for the tests to run on. What’s a fixture? Basically, just a little chunk of markup that provides a…. Continue reading “Generating HTML fixtures using Zend, Omeka, PHPUnit, and Jasmine”.

Acceptance Testing for Omeka Plugins

For the month of December, I’m going to be heads-down on NeatlineFeatures (project page; Github). This is an Omeka plugin that lets people associate geo-spatial metadata with Omeka items by drawing on a map. Before I started coding, I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing, so I wrote a few user…. Continue reading “Acceptance Testing for Omeka Plugins”.