HCC Project Update #1

Recently, we met with Kyle Allwine from Admissions to discuss the ways we could bring traffic to our future site. The talk went swimmingly as we constantly threw ideas at each other. We talked about putting up billboards around campus to encourage students and faculty test out the various technology within the building. We also came up with the idea of having QR codes around that would send anyone to our site, so they check out the rooms and services for themselves.

After a group discussion, we decided to to keep the option of video interviews open to everyone, but we believe that we have to video interview President Hurley since the building has his name. We have fourteen possible candidates to interview and it would be great if we could get to them all, but if worst comes to worst, I believe 7 or 8 should be enough input on the building  and their involvement. We plan  to split up and do the interviews in order to get them all.

Before I conclude this small update, I would like to talk about the group’s plan for this week. We each will be doing our own research on the Convergence Center while also trying to the perfect WordPress theme for our site. We need to make sure that it works on both mobile and desktops if we plan on doing the QR codes mentioned earlier. Part of that research requires us to take a small tour around the building to make sure we understand everything ourselves. Once we do that, our next step is to put together the timeline for the building.

Thoughts On The HCC/ITCC Project

I have to say that I am pretty excited to begin working on this Convergence Center project. We will begin immediately next week by talking to admissions and doing some thorough research on the building’s history and its primary uses. In class today, we briefly discussed as a group what we wanted to do for the future interviews. Should we record video or just record a short audio interview? The latter would reduce the risk of losing footage, but we decided to leave it in the proposal just in case we do decide to use video for the interviews.

If we were to do video interviews, we would use a format similar to that of the show 60 Minutes. For now, we will focus on the research and setting up the future interviews with the people involved with the planning stages and others that we need to meet with in order to make the final product what we imagine it to be.

The more we discuss the future of the HCC website, the more I realize how important it is for the school. We could potentially bring in more students and increase overall traffic to the building. Like I mentioned in the beginning, I can’t wait to begin, but there will always be that thought of messing up and not getting enough publicity,making it unappealing, etc. haunting me everyday until most of the hard work is complete.

One finall thought before I conclude this post. It would be great publicity for our website and even the other groups websites if we were able to advertise in The Blue and Gray Press, the town paper itself, and their online counterparts. I’m sure  they will bring in some early traffic once all of the websites are up and running!

Timeline And Mapping

MAP

When I began messing around with MapStoryJS, I decided to do a few events that were a important to World War II and the Cold War. I found the tool itself to be fairly easy to use. You can set a title to a location and even add images to the marker to help viewers get a sense of what occurred at that location. It didn’t take long to create the 5 events that I did, but I do not see my group using this for our project at all because we are just focusing on the history of one building. I do, however, see us using TimelineJS and you will see why in a little bit.


TIMELINE

TimeLineJS took a little bit more work to complete, but I love it. You can insert the same information  that could in MapStoryJS and even more. You  obviously can enter the beginning and end dates of events, but if you have the exact time, you can enter that as well. Like I mentioned before, I do see our group using this for the HCC/ITCC project. We can use TimeLineJS  to record and display when the planning for the building began and when the construction finally began. Creating a detailed timeline with this digital tool would be perfect for us and I’m sure we can make it detailed and informative to all future viewers.


FEEDLY

I might need to use Feedly a bit more, but I do have to say it is pretty convenient. I created a collection “Digital History Blogs” and easily added everybody to the said collection along with two other websites from the Digital Humanities Compendium.

OVERALL

I’m glad to be learning about even more digital tools, but I only see myself using only one of them for the semester long project. I imagine that some groups can use both, so I look forward to the outcome of each project.

Creative Uses For The Tools We Have Learned

We’ve only had three class periods so far, but all of these different tools make me want to go all out on the semester long project. A site like WordPress that is known for blogging could be used for larger projects like hosting tutorials, web comics, podcasts, and other various forms of media. It can even be used for archiving historical artifacts like Omeka, but I’m sure the latter does a better job at it after having the Omeka workshop.

Omeka is rather interesting. I forgot that I already used it in one of my previous Digital Study courses to map out the origin of the parts used to create an iPod. It would be great to do something similar for the HCC/ITCC and show where each material came from, but that would require us to break up the building or just simply find records of the materials they used to track down their origin. Making a timeline showing the creation of a place like the HCC/ITCC or historical events would definitely be great alternative way to use Omeka.

I already knew you could do some pretty cool things with WordPress using HTML and now that I know that you can do the same for Omeka, the possibilities seem endless if you know enough HTML. For example, I could have a WordPress with all of the information and have it link to or merge with an Omeka timeline or map, so everything won’t be as cluttered as it could be.

After looking at the the sites listed on the syllabus, I really like most of them. A few did look a bit outdated, but I really love The Valley of the Shadow site. I can imagine our group creating something similiar, but making it more like a virtual tour to appeal to incoming students. You can have them click a room and bring up an image with and a description of the room and what it could be use. I would personally like our final product to be rather clean and appealing to our audience or just about anyone who comes across the site. The Digital Scholarship Lab site appears to have a nice balance between images and text on the homepage. The site also has soft colors that are easy on the viewer’s eyes as well, so it’s perfect and it’s what I strive for our project to be. Comparing that site to the French Revolution site, the latter looks a bit outdated and a site like Emile Davis Diaries kind of throws you into it immediately instead of  slowly working you into the information. Others may find them suitable, but I personally don’t think they would work well for what we envision for our project.

Why Digital History?

Hello, my fellow peers.

I, once again, would like to introduce myself. I am Andrew Boswell and my major is Digital Studies. Adventures in Digital History is one of my required capstones for completing my degree, but I am not taking it for only that reason. Ever since I declared my major, I wanted to learn more about the Digital Age and be involved in its progression. I’m sure this course will help me understand and get familiar with the already archived history of technology and digital tools even more so than my previous course that I had with Professor McClurken.

I’m pretty excited to see how each of the assigned projects turn out!