I had some feedback about people ending up on the page of a media related to an item; those persons were left puzzled, as in our case the media metadata are mostly very basic, as almost all relvant information is included in the item page.
To mitigate this issue, I tried to reduce the chance that people actually end up on the media page without first passing by the item page by removing direct links to media in the pop-ups of the Mapping module as described here.
Ultimately, however, it would still be possible for users to end up on a media page without passing from the item page, either because someone shares the link with them, or via Google, or some other way.
To deal with this issue, I edited the relevant page of my theme,
view/omeka/site/media/show.phtml, and added something along these lines at the end of the file:
<?php $itemTitle = $media->item()->title();?> <b>For more context and details about this media, see the item it refers to</b>: <?php echo $media->item()->link($itemTitle); ?>
(I am still thinking about the most fitting text to put there)
Now, this all works reasonably well, and as far as mitigation goes, I think it’s not too bad.
However, having accomplished this, I found myself wondering if I’m doing this right, or I’m getting this all somehow wrong.
To clarify: I felt the user feedback I got was meaningful, as particulary through the mapping module it is quite easy to end up on a “media” page. That page is (I thought, by its very nature) lacking in context, as context should be on the item page. So… as far as I understand it, either I’m getting this somehow conceptually wrong, and should use item and media differently, or I’d be concerned that many other people end up stranded on some media page of an Omeka S website, without a direct way of finding out what that media refers to.
If the latter is the case, perhaps it would be nice to add a discrete link to the item page from the media page by default, or at least as an option to do that, or something like that.
If instead I’m getting this somehow wrong, any further explanation (conceptual or technical) is welcome.
I should perhaps add that this seems to be a lesser issue for themes that embed directly the media on the item page (even if the media page still exists even in those cases), and that I do think that there is a scope for a separate media page (as it may include more specific details about copyright, or the date when a scan of a document was made, or who took a picture of a given object that is part of a collection, etc.)