Done

Last week into this past weekend, we have completed and handed in our final website project. This semester went by so fast, so fast. I guess in part due to the amazing group, that had time flying by. The project was time consuming and some mornings/interviews felt cumbersome at first, but always managed to surprise. A building never seemed so intricate, then when you study its origins, features, and documentations. I hope that our work will, and can be used for many different aspects of future. We handed in our project over the weekend, and have received the corrections needed back. We have a lot of tidying up, with small or overlooked aspects. I am heavily impressed with the thoroughness Professor McClurken has taken for our web page. I am positive it will be that much more impressive and rewarding in the end. Can’t wait for what lies ahead.

Digital History, Group Progress

Readings this past week were on the importance and uses/growth that Digital History has had for the History field as a whole. From the importance of student blogging read on a blog called Blogging for your Students to the impact of growth found by correlation to the Accecibiity of ‘Digital History’ in a post titled “Digital History Reader”. Over all the sources seem to be covering once again what we have touched upon frequently in this class and classes prior, the blessing and the cures that is ‘digital’ history the abundance and the availability the strengths and the weaknesses that historians have more recently encountered.

The past week in Group work: we mannaged to finally get an interview in from a librarian stand point, we filmed our walkthrough of the HCC and have been working on many aspects of videos, and the web-design.

The Ingredients of Progress

The past few weeks have been amazing, with the project all things seem to be coming together. We managed to finish up all of our planed interviews, and are now looking to see if we can/should be outreaching to any other interview candidates. We have also been working on many aspects of our website, I am astonished of the progress and ideas that the group has tackled. The visual aspects of the site are melding and provide pride for calling it ours.

With all these aspects and branches of our videos and documentations its feels good that we now have most all the ingredients to make our website everything we wanted it to be, and quite frankly maybe more.

Questions? From where?

Text Mining is often used in a way to find questions not answers. From an old time of historian, thinking ‘I dont have enough documentation (information)’ to the more recent ‘I have an abundance of documentation (information)’. Its amazing looking at how far we have come, yes that is a loaded statement… some might ask ‘how far with what?’ or ‘whose come?’ but that is the beauty of it. Text that brings questions forth, text (i.e. information) that provides more then clues or answers to questions… rather text used to widen the field of questioning.

“My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles.” a generation of instant gratification, and lost attention span, I found this post particularly interesting as it depicts the fact that the internet brings forth a place that when utilized correctly can be an unmatchable aid in research and finding relative information for all branches of study and curiosity. The way I think of this illustration is the classic saying ‘it’s a blessing and a curse’.

Never the less how do we use the information provided? How do we utilize what we have read? I think being aware of the generational falters, but also take on the tools that are available. To not be bogged down by an abundance, rather to strengthen through knowledge.

Readings for curiosity:
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-us-stupid/306868/
http://programminghistorian.org/lessons/topic-modeling-and-mallet

Digital Identity and Resume

With the exponential growth in technology over the recent decades it is clear to see, the world around us has changed greatly. From the beginning of the internet, to the flourishing social connectivity it has become and provides. The benefits with the growing fields in technology seem to have an endless cumulative significance to many aspects of everyday life, from friends to work and studies creating a Digital Identity.

As an individual living in this technologically inclined society we need to ask: How does this all affect me, and what is my digital identity? To answer these questions I have to take into account all aspects of my limited tech-savvy life style. The most popular place to look into for an individual’s Digital Identity would first be Facebook. When looking at my digital social media history Facebook, Instagram, and videos, I have no harmful posts, or pictures that would hinder any sort of resume or background search. In the past I have not written posts about anything derogatory or anything towards an individual or group calling them out. I have made very few posts, mostly pictures of family or church gatherings on facebook, and what I think to be artistic nature posts on Instagram.

When looking at all other aspects of my social identity, or parts that are not controlled by myself, maybe a few newspaper articles in some town archives where I grew up showing patriotism or honoring a trip to a national choir competition. Also there would probably be some articles on my Year of full time volunteer service through City Year and how I was the Keynote speaker, and some school archives probably have my name in some graduation database. I know that I personally need to start building and working on my professional Digital Identity to round my online image.

In the next week or so I will be working on my digital Resume, working and thinking about what and what not to include. Also, this will have me thinking of who or why I am making the resume for. Updates to come.

Project Process

The past few weeks have been a blast, as far as our project is concerned, dismissing the snow and weather. We have had the privilege in taking a tour of the entirety of the ITCC, from the man with the key to every room, the head of the ITCC. The tour was amazing from back rooms with masses of technology to the little perks and specialties that can be located or seen throughout individual rooms. The tour showed us the vast opportunities provided by the auditorium, from a large room for events to a click of a button to operate a set of fully functional bleachers to the broadcasting capabilities of a University show.
Another great step we took towards our goals the past weeks was taking a class to verify/certify our use of the Green Screen room (Video Production Lab) and the sound booth room. Not only do we plan on displaying the capabilities of these rooms, we plan on using them. The class was full of equipment and safety knowledge along with a wide array of excitement.

CCL for ITCC

Change, an idea that has plagued the heats and minds of people everywhere for all time. From change in social equality and standards to the change in technology we face each and every day. This week we were tasked with watching and reading up on a new era of change, a change for the world of digital information. “Creative Commons License”, this concept is growing with the demand for less restricted information and a wider yearning of shared sources. Wikipedia is one of the most popular modes of Creative Commons usage, ranking in the top 50 websites visited. Now with our website in mind and our use of Creative Commons material may be but not limited to web videos from youtube to vimeo to shared information gathered on our topic from UMW websites to information gathered from documents and emails during interviews.

Worksheet on Choosing a Topic (Sellers)

Choosing a topic for any paper is a process. Completing each of the following steps (in any order) should help you choose a topic that is appropriate for the assignment. We will have a library research session focused on primary sources in Simpson Library 225 on 1/27, and you need to turn this worksheet in on Thursday, 1/29, so you should be doing some work even before that library session.
  1. Briefly describe the library research that you did towards choosing a topic. Include at least two reference books that you used and three library search-engine subject headings that you found useful.
  • I used the hand out from Jack Bales to make an advanced search on the UMW Library website, using words like “Documents, Sources, Letters, and Personal Narratives” for subject headings. I then used the “Uncovering Primary Documents” page in the History Department guide.
  1. Briefly describe the internet research that you did. Name at least one useful website for online archives that you surveyed (do not include simple library catalogs.)
  • For online archives I utilized the library of congress as you suggested in class and the search came up with an abundance of pictures but lacked in the written documents section. So I went back to the History subject guide page and found a list of sites to search from; “Primary Documents in American History, Historic Diaries, and Eyewitness to History”.
  1. You should talk to at least one member of this history department about your topic and at least one of the primary sources you have identified for it. Arrive at that meeting with some initial research completed so you have something to discuss. Name that professor and provide a summary of their advice. Please have the professor sign here at your meeting:____________________________
  • I have emailed Professor Mackintosh, and he said he is willing to sit with me during his office hours, so I will try and meet with him in the coming week.
  1. You must have a primary source for this paper.  Provide any pertinent information on that primary source including website and/or call number—in other words, how you’re going to access it.
  • The cprr.org website has an eight page primary source from a traveler that crossed the once endless seeming span of America in five days. I emailed, and saved the link to myself.
  1. Are enough secondary sources available on this topic? Briefly discuss the most recent secondary sources you have found that were published by a university press and/or academic journal.
  • I do not think that secondary sources will be of any problem to me in for this historic topic. Some of the most recent works that I found throughout the sites and databases are that of Social History, referring to workload and psyche.

“With great power comes great responsibility” – A Digital Identity

With the exponential growth in technology over the recent decades it is clear to see, the world around us has changed greatly. From the beginning of the internet, to the flourishing social connectivity it has become and provides. The benefits with the growing fields in technology seem to have an endless cumulative significance to many aspects of everyday life, from friends to work and studies creating a Digital Identity.

As an individual living in this technologically inclined society we need to ask: How does this all affect me, and what is my digital identity? To answer these questions I have to take into account all aspects of my limited tech-savvy life style. The most popular place to look into for an individual’s Digital Identity would first be Facebook. When looking at my digital social media history Facebook, Instagram, and videos, I have no harmful posts, or pictures that would hinder any sort of resume or background search. In the past I have not written posts about anything derogatory or anything towards an individual or group calling them out. I have made very few posts, mostly pictures of family or church gatherings on facebook, and what I think to be artistic nature posts on Instagram.

When looking at all other aspects of my social identity, or parts that are not controlled by myself, maybe a few newspaper articles in some town archives where I grew up showing patriotism or honoring a trip to a national choir competition. Also ther would probably be some articles on my Year of full time volunteer service through City Year and how I was the Keynote speaker, and some school archives probably have my name in some graduation database. I know that I personally need to start building and working on my professional Digital Identity to round my online image.

Short But Sweet, Presenting Progress

While writing and presenting my short 4-minute presentation on my progress thus far in the literature review final project I have learned many important things, from peers  both in class and out of class. Writing down my progress and seeing where I am really allowed me to see the bigger picture and grasp what I have and what I am lacking for this final project. I feel that although it was a short presentation it was great help to realize our individual pace for the literature review paper. The sort 4-minute presentation also mentally helped me, when I went to the Speaking Center I had my presentation finished and presented what I thought was the final edit. The peer advisor I had that the Speaking Center brought up small yet crucially important information and practices in presenting anything to anyone. She asked me why? Did I choose what I had chosen, and that made me think. Of all the books that I could have read or topics I could have studied, I ended up choosing this particular one. I then came up with the answer that although it was “A Limited Freedom” of choice it was freedom none the less. This has changed my outlook towards the entire project, as a personal project opposed to a school assignment. Another important thing that I learned while in class was that if there is a gap in the study, for me that is good, that is the part of the study that I can say is lacking and could be looked into further.