This week marks the culmination of my work on the Hoagy Carmichael Collection Omeka site! All major, migratable portions of the legacy site have been recreated on this new platform. This week I added the remaining static content pages from the legacy site, including the Work List page (which uses old HTML <table> source code!) that contains all the songs associated with Hoagy Carmichael over the course of his career. I had to put a little bit of extra work into getting that table to look decent in the Omeka site, but it eventually worked. I also adjusted the text of the homepage and About page to contain largely content written originally for the legacy site, at Nick’s suggestion. Nick explained that this is a good practice to get into, when you are making a site for a client that uses that client’s own materials — my job is to make the site as much their site as possible. That means not writing too much copy for the owners, especially if there is already pre-existing text to draw from. Additionally, I fixed or created relative links between Omeka pages; created a page that includes links to all the site’s collections and put in an order that matches the legacy site’s order; and I created an exhibit for Collection Highlights (a page used on the legacy site).
With all items up online, and the various pages in place, the Omeka site is largely finished! Nick will continue to meet with the folks at the Archives of Traditional Music, and use their feedback to tweak the site to their preferences. Something to keep in mind, however, is that Omeka is a platform, and there is not complete freedom to do whatever you might want to do with the site — all users must operate within the parameters of what is possible on the platform. All that being said, this is an excellent stage for the site to be in, and can soon be shared with the wider public. I am excited to see it go live!
This has been a very good experience in many ways, mostly the experiences I have gained working with old digital materials, and adapting them to a modern platform, like Omeka. I look forward to other projects like this, and am eager to put my new skills to work out there in the workforce!