DigitalArc Jekyll Theme
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An exhibit platform for collective storytelling & community archives

About the DigitalArc Jekyll Theme

This Jekyll theme is made for anyone looking to create a simple online exhibit on Github Pages without diving too deep into the technical stuff. No need to fuss with extra plugins or complicated setups; it works smoothly on Github Pages, and you can easily manage your files using Github’s built-in web editor.

Who is it for?

This theme works best for communities who need simple archiving with minimal technical skills and simple workflows. To keep things simple, it doesn’t have built-in search or filtering. ***If this sounds like you, and you don’t need blogs or other add-ons yet, the best way to start is using the Quick Start guide in our documentation

If you need something more complex but want to stick with Github Pages because it’s free and doesn’t require you to find a web host of your own, we recommend either Minicomp/Wax (a Github theme with searching, filtering and IIIF metadata to formalize information about your collection) or CollectionBuilder (a Github theme that uses Google Spreadsheets to incorporate maps and timelines).

That said, anyone can use the DigitalArc Jekyll Theme and the guides for community-collection days that are part of the larger DigitalArc Platform. If you’re familiar with Github Pages and Jekyll, or you want blog posts and an item collection, this version of the theme is a kitchen-sink version with everything in it. You can fork it as you would any other Jekyll theme.

A screenshot of the DigitalArc exhibit collection page

How it started

The IDAH@IU team often gets requests to support archiving projects. This repository provides a starting point, a template for using simple Github Pages, developed in partnership with Jazma Sutton and through community-storytelling partnerships with ImaginX en Movimiento (IXeM) co-founded by Marisa Hicks-Alcaraz; La Casa, the Center for Research on Race, Ethnicity and Society, and the Asian Culture Center at Indiana University Bloomington; and the Remembering Freedom descendant community in Greenville and Longtown, Ohio, which hosts the community-archive project that inspired the initial development of this theme’s predecessor, the Community-Archive template.

Kalani Craig, 2022 - 2024. DigitalArc Jekyll Theme by Kalani Craig is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Framework: Foundation 6.