From Summer 2012 through Spring 2013, I worked closely with Dr. Patricia Demers and the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library at the University of Alberta to develop the Miriam Green Ellis web exhibit.
This exhibit, entitled Miriam Green Ellis: Western Canadian Journalist, drew on the Miriam Green Ellis collection held at the Bruce Peel. It was companion to both a public exhibit hosted at the library and to Dr. Demers’ book Travels and Tales of Miriam Green Ellis: Pioneer Journalist of the Canadian West.
The Miriam Green Ellis web exhibit was the first to be developed using the Omeka platform at the University of Alberta. Omeka is a web publishing platform and content management system designed for digital exhibits. It uses the Dublin Core XML schema for its metadata.
Over the course of this exhibit’s development, I
- Collected metadata for and developed a shortlist of materials for inclusion from the Miriam Green Ellis collection. These materials included photographs, glass magic lantern slides, handwritten journals, manuscript pages and ephemera such travel cases.
- Developed the digital exhibit, including uploading and applying metadata to the photos, arranging the galleries and both providing and soliciting text.
- Consulted with the Bruce Peel team regarding the materials, including working extensively with their digitization staff.
- Consulted with the technical team regarding customizing the Omeka layout and developing its graphic design.
- Represented the project at the exhibit’s private debut.