Lab 5 – Encoding

Omeka is a widely adopted platform for collecting and displaying digital artifacts, using the Dublin Core metadata schema. With an emphasis on open and equal access to historical artifacts, the platform fits the needs of many academic audiences and many western cultural items such as paintings, documents, and photographs.

But what if a community wants to create a digital interface for their cultural items, but not expose all the items for public access or use? The platform Mukurtu was designed for this.

Look around at Mukurtu, then look carefully at the metadata fields it includes, compared to those in Omeka. Make a list of the metadata fields that are unique to Mukurtu.

The metadata fields make up the data model being used to describe cultural objects. What do you see as some of the assumptions reflected in the Omeka data model vs the Mukurtu data model?

In your blog post, include a brief description of the Mukurtu platform, your list of metadata fields in Mukurtu that are not in Omeka, and your reflections on the different data models.

Comment on at least one of your classmates posts.