January 21, 2020

Week 2: Omeka Website Reviews

John Forest

1. https://goinnorth.org/ 2. quattrocentoitalia.artinterp.org/omeka/

Goin’ North

The first website I looked at was a project called “Goin’ North.” The website was made in the same way our own projects will for our HIST 428 class. The project was done at Temple University, and used their own special collection within their university. The Omeka site was constructed in 2016, one hundred years after the beginning of the great migration, where African Americans fled the Southern United States to settle in the North and West. Pages within the site are visually appealing, which made me more willing to look into the different sections. Overall the website itself is extremely easy to navigate, using different tabs to separate the different mediums the stories were told: biographies, oral history videos and stories. I found a couple links that did not work and pictures the would note load, which may reflect the amount of time that this site has not been updated. my concluding thought is: this site gave a lot of useful information about the great migration, but it could definitely use some updates and maintenance.

Fifteenth-Century Italian Art

The second website I reviewed was published within the University of Maryland. Similarly to the first website I looked at, this website was made for an art in society class. The collections were published so that students could study images from fifteenth century Italy. The website comes complete with an interactive map, which shows the time (with a timeline at the bottom of the page) and the place where certain works of art were commissioned and built. Metadata within the description was helpful when browsing the different works documented, and are filled out completely. The collections page separates the different times/people the artwork is associated with, which (if I knew anything about fifteenth center Italian art) would have made it much easier to find certain things on the site. Overall the website it really easy to use and navigate, however it does not provide as much context as the first website due to its intended purpose: a study tool for a highly specialized class.