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Make an Image

To create a new item in your Islandora 8 digital repository, we start by creating a node. A node holds the descriptive metadata for content, as well as grouping together an original file and all of the derivatives files generated from it. To create a new node, click on Add content. This is under Tools.

Click on add content

Then click on Repository Item. This will assign the default metadata profile to your item.

Click on repository item

Fill out the form. We're going to create an image, so under System, select "Image" from the "Model" drop down box. Selecting different models will impact how Islandora handles content, dictating important behaviours such as display and derivative generation.

Under system select appropriate model, or format

When done, click Save.

Upload an Original File

Congratulations, you have created a Node! But alas, it has no files. To upload a file, click on the node's Media tab.

When done, click on Media

Then click on Add Media (a blue button).

Click on Add Media

We want to add an image, so clicking on "Image" is appropriate in most circumstances. Drupal considers any type of image that can be viewed natively in the browser as an "Image". For other image types that require special viewers, such as Tiffs, you have to choose "File"

Click on image option

You are now presented with the form for the technical metadata of the file. There are three required parts of the form:

  1. The media's name.
  2. The file to upload.
  3. The usage of the file, which dictates how Islandora interprets the file. To trigger derivative generation, select "Original File" from the drop down box.

You are now presented with the form for the technical metadata of the file.

Click save when done, and the file will be uploaded (to Fedora by default). Now return to the node you created and you should see the image along with its descriptive metadata.

The file is now loaded, return to the main site to view