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Creating Curated Digital Content Using Drupal

60 minutes
Oral Presentation

The presenters will provide an overview of the process of creating curated sets of digital content and presenting that content using Drupal. One example of curated digital content is the Minnesota Digital Library's Primary Source Sets program. This Drupal-hosted project includes primary source materials selected around a historic or literary topic, including additional resources for exploration and study. While the concept of curated content can be easily expanded to include larger projects such as online exhibits, the focus of this presentation is on creating smaller sets of digitized materials. Other applications can include: selecting digital materials for a course webpage, displaying digitized materials associated with a specific anniversary or date, or creating a collection highlight page.

The second half of the presentation will include an overview of Drupal. Small sets of digitized materials can be created easily and efficiently using Drupal. It can also be more flexible in terms of presentation and workflow than other digital curation tools like Omeka or CONTENTdm. Users will leave this presentation with ideas for creating curated digital content using Drupal.
1. Understand the importance of manipulating digital content in unique ways to engage and inform an audience.
2. Learn how to leverage an open source platform such as Drupal to create simple, curated sets of content for a specific purpose.
3. Know how to select the proper digital tool for your curation project.

Topic Area(s): Digital Learning Resources; Learner Engagement Strategies


Greta Bahnemann is the Metadata Librarian for the Minnesota Digital Library, where she implements metadata standards. She also leads the Primary Source Set project. Scott Hreha is Minitex's Web Services Coordinator and is responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of a handful of websites that represent the online presence of Minitex and its programs, including the Minnesota Digital Library.