Archive for January, 2012

Exploring Other Digital History Projects 1/26/12

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

For starters, I am not a creative person. I try but most of my ideas are pretty basic. Also, I don’t know that many internet tools to use them in creative ways, but, since this is an assigned post I will try my best.

In our readings, class discussions, and group projects I really enjoy the collaboration of ideas. Blogs are usually places of self-reflection, but in the case of our class blog it is a source of all of our reflections, which I think is cool. I think a creative way of using a blog is to bring multiple people’s ideas into one blog. For example, our group project is already sending us in on all different directions for information from Jim Groom, other history professors, the University archivist, and other professors on campus. I think it would be a great idea to put all of these perspectives in our blog, or whatever digital format we choose. It would be like a “behind the scenes” look at the research, which is not always just researching history but collaborating with multiple people from different disciplines and backgrounds.

Looking through some of the history sites I, of course, noticed things I liked and didn’t like. Most of my comments pertain the appearance and navigation. For example, The Valley of the Shadow has a nice appearance despite all the clicking. The layout is symmetric and clearly states in text and color the periods of research. I think this site is successful in displaying the information and files. However, I don’t like the way the timelines are set-up. I think the horizontal layout looses the ability to see change over time or relations to other events.

The French Revolution Site‘s layout isn’t nice because it is too busy for me. There seems to be a delicate line between too much decoration and not enough. However, I love how it tells you on the first page what type of documents it has essays, text documents, maps, ect. This is helpful because now I can see this website is more of an archive.

The UMW archives  is a helpful site. The border and header are designed really well, but the text is boring or overwhelming looking. The search on the archives is really nice because it has a keyword search, advanced search, and browser.

The Emancipation Project site is good. Nothing really fancy, but still good information. I like how it has tabs to explain how it used “scope, duration, source, mediation.”

The Gilded Age Plains City site is the best looking. It is just nice to look at. It’s not boring with its information it’s exciting.

When looking over a site that used Omeka, I found the Harlem CORE site. I think the research and information on this site is very interesting, but I had to click around a few times to get to it. The first page is just plain boring. There is one picture, and it doesn’t get me excited for civil rights or equality. This is unfortunate because once I got into the site I explored interesting photographs and letters from the Harlem CORE office. These objects are displayed very nicely because the people who put this together took the time to put in a lot of information with high quality.


Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Hello! My name is Michelle Martz. I am a senior double major in History and Historic Preservation. I decided to take this course because it looked different from other history classes. I believe the discussions and projects will teach me unique applications of history. Even though I am not proficient in technology and the internet,  I look forward to learning from Dr. McClurken and the class.

This semester my group and I will be working on the James Farmer Lectures. I am really  anxious to start working with the lectures and seeing what we have able to put online.