Omeka S Site Building Guide for Brock Users

A step by step guide for building an Omeka S site that adheres to the Brock DSL Omeka S Guidelines.

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Welcome to the Omeka S Site Building Guide! This guide will walk through all of the steps you will need in order to build an Omeka S site that adheres to the guidelines required by the Brock University Digital Scholarship Lab. If you have any questions or suggestions while working through the guide, please reach out to the DSL at

Without further ado, lets get building!

It is reccomended that the first three steps all be completed at the same time to prevent issues caused by having a site without the correct settings interfering with other users work.

Step 1 - Make a Site

Log in to the Brock University Library instance of Omeka S by going to and signing in using the credentials set up for you by the Brock DSL. This will bring you to your Omeka S Dashboard. From here, click on “Sites” in the left-hand menu to get to the site list and then click the “Add new site” button in the top right.

Fill in the fields provided with the following:

Next you will go to the “Theme” tab at the top of your screen and select a theme from the 5 available options. If you want to see what each theme looks like beforehand, take a look at the demo sites for each theme created by the DSL.

Once you have chosen a theme, click the “Add” button at the top right of the screen.

Step 2 - Make an Item Set

Next step is to make an item set to store all of the items that will be used on your site. Click on “Item Sets” in the menu on the left to get to the item set list and then click the “Add new item set” button in the top right.

By default, there will be two properties to fill in for the item set, Title and Description. The title of your item set should be exactly the same as the title of your site. The description property can be left blank or filled with a brief description of the type of items that will be contained within the item set.

You can add any other properties you want to your item set but the only requirement to adhere to the DSL guidelines is to have a title that matches the name of the site the item set is for.

Click the “Save” button in the top right.

Step 3 - Set up your site settings

Next, we will need to set up all of our site settings so everything works the way we want it to. Click on “Sites” in the left menu to get to the site listing then find your site and click on its name.

Now that your site is open you will see some new option in the left menu. To begin, click “Site Admin” to open up your site options then click on the “Settings” tab. In the options listed, check the following:

Click the “Save” button in the top right when you are done.

After admin settings are saved, click on “Resources” in the left menu. You should see a message that says: “There are currently 0 items assigned to this site”. If the message is different go back to your admin setting and check that you saved everything properly.

Open the “Item Sets” tab. Find your item set in the list on the right by clicking on your name (or the name of the person who made your item set) and clicking the item set. It will disappear from the list on the right and be added to the list in the middle area. Click the “Save” button in the top right.

The last settings to adjust are found by clicking on “Theme” in the menu on the left. You will see your selected theme at the top of the page with a button labeled “Edit theme settings”. Click that button.

Depending on the theme you have chosen the options in this area will change. Feel free to experiment with your theme setting to make your site look and act the way you want it to. The only thing you need to do here to adhere to the DSL guidelines is to include the following line of code into your footer content.

Powered by Omeka S and created with the support of the Brock University Digital Scholarship Lab – <a href = "mailto:"></a>

Once you have adjusted your settings click the “Save” button in the top right.

Step 4 - Item Assignment

With that your site is set up and ready to start building but before you start making items and building pages there is one more guideline to be aware of. As of Omeka S 3.0 items must now be assigned to sites in order to be used on that site. This is to prevent issues where items not contained in a site were being connected to that site by the google search algorithm. What this means for you is that when you are making items there are now two very important steps that must be done.

When creating a new item, you must:

Step 5 - Atribution and Security

The last thing to consider for your site is if it will require any terms and conditions, rights statements, or attributions. If any of these things are required, it is reccomended to have either a page dedicated to these on your site or to add tis information to the bottom of an “About” page. If you need some reference for how to word such statements check out the Creative Commons License Design and Terminology page or the Terms and Conditions page of the Documenting Covid-19 in Niagara site for examples.

Step 6 - Build and enjoy

That concludes this guide on how to set up your Omeka S site so that it adheres to the Brock University Digital Scholarship Lab Omeka S Guidelines. If you want to discuss these guidelines or set up a meeting with a member of the DSL staff to discuss your site, please contact us at

This guide is brought to you by the Brock University Digital Scholarship Lab. For more information on the DSL check out our website at or you can e-mail us at

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