I’m looking to manage media (images, video, sound) and literature (a screenshot with DOI or links to the source) I collect into an online database for myself and others to see.
I’m currently using a reference manager (Papers app) on my local devices for literature. And Pinterest for visual reference. It’s frustrating to manage multiple systems with fixed schemas, on and offline, when I’m consistently dealing with files I want to share, find, categorise and tag, and add new fields for extra comments, source links or notes.
An exemplary site, ironically enough is a static HTML database compiled about a decade ago here to manage artworks http://www.mindatplay.co.uk/index.html. However this would have been put together completely by hand (and perhaps all at once). Another great example, is this Processwire demo http://demo.processwire.com/architects/.
I’ve looked into WordPress (WP), which can categorise and tag. And with a little work I could use the Advanced Custom Fields plugin to add to the default WP schema, however this is not ideal as it requires editing themes. And there has to be a good theme for this out there somewhere!(?)
What systems can anyone recommend to achieve this? Ideally out of the box, and able to be run off a personal server. Even a good WordPress theme anyone uses for their research collection?
An ideal checklist:
- Categories and tags
- Accepts all kinds of media—images, video, sound, hosted videos (Vimeo, YouTube), PDFs
- Extra fields for additional details or links
- Visual representation beyond lists (e.g. grid view, visualisation, map)
- Ability to navigate by a custom field, tag or category
- Can be personally hosted on a server / easily backed-up