Editor’s Note: This is the second of three posts on a new digital exhibit: ‘Translation… openeth the window to let in the light’: The Pre-History and Abiding Impact of the King James Bible.  The first explored the project from a curatorial standpoint; the third will cover its development from a technical point of view.

If you read to the bottom of the home page of our new digital exhibit on the King James Bible, you may have wondered at the presence of the following statement:

This is a temporary digital exhibit. It will be available January 7 through May 5, 2013.

Physical exhibits are usually taken down at some point to make room for others; digital exhibits are more likely to be available indefinitely. That this one is not is due to its status as a pilot project for an ongoing, centralized digital exhibits program and its use of a new software platform.

The OSU Libraries is no stranger to interesting digital exhibits. They are generally created by the faculty and staff who work with the content, and are usually built as static HTML pages or added as pages on the Libraries’ website content management system.

To explore  a different method of creating digital exhibits, a group of faculty and staff launched a pilot project in early 2012. Supported by the Libraries’ innovation fund, the project team had two goals: 1. Create a digital version of a physical exhibit using the Omeka software platform, and 2. Investigate the feasibility of a centralized digital exhibits program drawing on the wide range of expertise – from development to metadata to project management – available in the Libraries. We have achieved the first goal, but the second is still underway.

To ensure that a pilot project does not become an ongoing program without proper review, we are putting a time limit on our exhibit. It will remain public through the end of spring semester of 2013. In the meantime, we will be finishing our investigation and drafting recommendations. We welcome feedback from colleagues and exhibit visitors – please leave a comment or contact Eric J. Johnson.