a template for creating simple digital exhibits

Contents: About CollectionBuilder-GH | About the About Page | Tech

About CollectionBuilder-GH

This demo site features objects from the University of Idaho Library’s Digital Collections and is generated using CollectionBuilder-GH, a project to create a free and simple digital collection hosted on GitHub Pages from:

collectionbuilder-gh is intended as a simple template for hands-on teaching about digital libraries.

Create Your Collection!

For illustrated, step-by-step instructions on how to build your digital collection, see our:

CollectionBuilder-GH How-To Guide

For those who can’t wait, below are six quick steps to get you started:

  • Create a new project by clicking the green “Use This Template” button on the CollectionBuilder GitHub repository.
  • Make a copy of the Metadata Template.
  • Follow the formatting of the example record in the template to fill in metadata about your own objects.
  • Upload your files into the “objects” folder in your repository.
  • Activate on GitHub Pages for the Repository.
  • Check out your site via the link provided on your repository’s setting’s page!

Find complete details in the CollectionBuilder Docs.

collectionbuilder-gh can be used in a workshop setting to take participants through digitization and metadata creation, to having a live collection site hosted on GitHub. Similar learning experiences use DAMS/CMS platforms that are often overkill for one-off projects. Although CMS feature familiar GUI administration interfaces, they are not necessarily simple to host, learn, and customize.

collectionbuilder-gh aims to be well documented and easy to configure by following the example. A project in “minimal computing,” it provides a depth of learning opportunities, allowing users to take complete ownership over the project and make their work open to the world.

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About the About Page

We want to make About pages exciting, and easy to build.

The CollectionBuilder about page features a narrowed column with its own (optional) menu, featured content, and some technical information.

To build one, a user writes in Markdown and includes content from the site, as well as typical Bootstrap features like cards and modals, using code snippets like those detailed below.

(Each included file has several options, which are documented in the files themselves. I’ve given the content widths of 25% and 50% to save space, but you can feature the entire image or document.)

Administration Building, University of Idaho, No. 30
Administration Building, University of Idaho, No. 30

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Spokane County Court House, Spokane, Washington
University of Idaho vs. University of Southern California (Football), 10/30/1925
This is a Card

The card features an image from the collection as a cap

We hope this makes it easier for site builders to develop the collection AND add interesting and engaging contextual information.

Technical Credits - CollectionBuilder

This digital collection is built with CollectionBuilder, an open source tool for creating digital collection and exhibit websites that is developed by faculty librarians at the University of Idaho Library following the Lib-STATIC methodology.

This site is built using CollectionBuilder-gh which utilizes the static website generator Jekyll and GitHub Pages to build and host digital collections and exhibits.

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