It also sounds like you might want to think about how you’re presenting these very long documents. Are you expecting people to page through the whole thing? Are you trying to indicate concepts on a specific page or in a certain chapter? If your documents are OCRd or machine readable, you might just use a publication system that allows search. But if not, you want to stop and think about how you want/expect users to navigate these hundreds of pages.
Excellent points. Thank you. These are exactly some of the questions that we’re working through at the moment. Since ours are mostly handwritten documents from the 19th century, we will provide transcripts for each. We are still undecided on the presentation of our documents, in part until we determine if we can tag within a document transcription.
If we could tag within each document, we could provide a search function that would search the transcripts, annotation, metadata, etc. across the website, and then return results where the user is sent directly to the page in the journal or autobiography that contains their search term (see, for example, a search for “Edward Partridge” at the Joseph Smith Papers website returns a list of results for Edward Partridge across the website, linked to the exact spots he is found in various documents, including the specific pages, such as this one, of a 200-page journal). An ability to link to exact spot within a document could possibly eliminate the second search step of linking users only to the document itself (which might be 20 or more pages even if we break longer documents into sections), and then requiring them to do a second word search through the pages of the transcription once they get to the transcription. (Does that make sense?) I don’t know that it’s possible to do this in Omeka, from what I understand though (to tag or link within the document)? And most Omeka sites I’ve seen deal with shorter documents, so I don’t know if it’s been a concern in other sites.