Digital History: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in DGST101 Blogs |

Is it possible to research, design, write and publish a successful digital history project? Yes and no. After reviewing several digital history projects I have come to the conclusion that some projects can have great success while other just fall flat. Most of the historical research is impeccable and useful, some of the sites lack a user friendly interface, while others are down right ugly and reminded me of Windows '98 (for one reason or another). The three projects included the Emily Davis Diaries, The Valley of the Shadow, and the French Revolution. Each had a varying degree of usefulness, beauty, and horror. The Good: The Emilie Davis Diaries One of the better projects I looked at was Villanova University collection of diaries written by Emilie Davis. The site consist of all the diary entries of Emilie Davis, who was an African American woman living in Philadelphia during the Civil War. Each diary entry is transcribed for viewers to read easier than her normal handwriting. The organization of the website is built thoroughly with each diary entry placed in chronological order making it easy for users to go through the diary on a day to day basis. Additionally, users can search for key words throughout the website making for even easier user capability. One cool and useful aspect about the project is a keyword and most used word bank at the bottom of the webpage. Along with the transcribed diary is a digital copy of the original diary on every page. However, one of the best features of the project are the individual annotations on each page of the diary. This feature would work great for the project we are currently working on and is something we should all look into. Besides just the usability of the website, the aesthetics and design are above par when looking at other historical websites. There is not too little nor too much information on each and it has a very clean cut look. Continuity is key and the project is completely successful at not changing the site layout on each page. Most websites tend to diverge from their layout once you continue on through their sites. Overall the site serves its intended purpose and does not leave users horrified in what could have been a disaster. Instead the team at Villanova did an excellent job at bringing history to the web and giving access to those interested in the Emilie Davis diaries plenty to work with. The Bad: The Valley of the Shadow Though not wretched The Valley of the Shadow is nothing in comparison to the Emily Davies Diaries. The project consist of an online archive of material such as newspapers...

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Digital History: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in DGST101 Blogs |

Is it possible to research, design, write and publish a successful digital history project? Yes and no. After reviewing several digital history projects I have come to the conclusion that some projects can have great success while other just fall flat. Most of the historical research is impeccable and useful, some of the sites lack a user friendly interface, while others are down right ugly and reminded me of Windows '98 (for one reason or another). The three projects included the Emily Davis Diaries, The Valley of the Shadow, and the French Revolution. Each had a varying degree of usefulness, beauty, and horror. The Good: The Emilie Davis Diaries One of the better projects I looked at was Villanova University collection of diaries written by Emilie Davis. The site consist of all the diary entries of Emilie Davis, who was an African American woman living in Philadelphia during the Civil War. Each diary entry is transcribed for viewers to read easier than her normal handwriting. The organization of the website is built thoroughly with each diary entry placed in chronological order making it easy for users to go through the diary on a day to day basis. Additionally, users can search for key words throughout the website making for even easier user capability. One cool and useful aspect about the project is a keyword and most used word bank at the bottom of the webpage. Along with the transcribed diary is a digital copy of the original diary on every page. However, one of the best features of the project are the individual annotations on each page of the diary. This feature would work great for the project we are currently working on and is something we should all look into. Besides just the usability of the website, the aesthetics and design are above par when looking at other historical websites. There is not too little nor too much information on each and it has a very clean cut look. Continuity is key and the project is completely successful at not changing the site layout on each page. Most websites tend to diverge from their layout once you continue on through their sites. Overall the site serves its intended purpose and does not leave users horrified in what could have been a disaster. Instead the team at Villanova did an excellent job at bringing history to the web and giving access to those interested in the Emilie Davis diaries plenty to work with. The Bad: The Valley of the Shadow Though not wretched The Valley of the Shadow is nothing in comparison to the Emily Davies Diaries. The project consist of an online archive of material such as newspapers...

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It’s Been A While

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in DGST101 Blogs |

Sorry about the long absence I have just been busy with other blogs for school. I am going to continue working on restructuring the website as I have deleted some files and pages that are no longer in use. This process may take a while because of the blogs I am currently working on, but I do promise to be more active in the near future. Please be patient and I will get back to this blog in about a week or...

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It’s Been A While

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in DGST101 Blogs |

Sorry about the long absence I have just been busy with other blogs for school. I am going to continue working on restructuring the website as I have deleted some files and pages that are no longer in use. This process may take a while because of the blogs I am currently working on, but I do promise to be more active in the near future. Please be patient and I will get back to this blog in about a week or...

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Final blog post for a while

Posted by on Nov 28, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

I have officially have done a blog post for two weeks straight and I am done writing about random stuff. I cannot begin to explain how hard it is to remember to do a blog post for fourteen days straight. It is Thanksgiving day and it is the perfect day to end a blogging for so long. However I do have to continue to write a post for one more week to continue my four week streak. I have consumed a lot of alcohol and food and could not be happier. I hope after this semester I will continue to post on my blog at least bi-weekly. Also I am continuing to work on my article about today's mental healthcare system and its flaws. In the next few weeks I should have composed at least a rough draft. I would like to have it posted by next semester and submitted to a paper maybe the school newspaper. I will probably not blog until next Sunday so I will see you...

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Final blog post for a while

Posted by on Nov 28, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

I have officially have done a blog post for two weeks straight and I am done writing about random stuff. I cannot begin to explain how hard it is to remember to do a blog post for fourteen days straight. It is Thanksgiving day and it is the perfect day to end a blogging for so long. However I do have to continue to write a post for one more week to continue my four week streak. I have consumed a lot of alcohol and food and could not be happier. I hope after this semester I will continue to post on my blog at least bi-weekly. Also I am continuing to work on my article about today's mental healthcare system and its flaws. In the next few weeks I should have composed at least a rough draft. I would like to have it posted by next semester and submitted to a paper maybe the school newspaper. I will probably not blog until next Sunday so I will see you...

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Today’s Mental Health Crisis: 60 Minutes

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

Recently I watched a 60 Minutes episode on the United States mental healthcare system. The video focused on the rise of random shootings from Virginia Tech to the Washington Naval Yard shootings. However, the video paid particular attention to those who suffer from schizophrenia because they are most prone to be violent amongst the mental health community. The video brought up many political issues as to why those who commit these atrocities are not being treated. Additionally the episode argued that these people who are perceived as evil are in fact sick and should be seen as so. Recently many people have been blindly looking towards gun violence and gun control rather than focusing on the broken mental healthcare system. More awareness is needed for the public eye such as the 60 Minutes episode. However, issues such as these are brought to light every time there is a violent act, but is quickly thrown in the dark as soon as guns are brought in to the perspective. I would advise anyone and everyone to watch this episode and also read Pete Early's Crazy. Both these exposes expose the mental health crisis and need to be read by any American tired and upset at the shootings going around. Before you way in on any conversation regarding these shootings please do some research on the mental healthcare...

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Today’s Mental Health Crisis: 60 Minutes

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

Recently I watched a 60 Minutes episode on the United States mental healthcare system. The video focused on the rise of random shootings from Virginia Tech to the Washington Naval Yard shootings. However, the video paid particular attention to those who suffer from schizophrenia because they are most prone to be violent amongst the mental health community. The video brought up many political issues as to why those who commit these atrocities are not being treated. Additionally the episode argued that these people who are perceived as evil are in fact sick and should be seen as so. Recently many people have been blindly looking towards gun violence and gun control rather than focusing on the broken mental healthcare system. More awareness is needed for the public eye such as the 60 Minutes episode. However, issues such as these are brought to light every time there is a violent act, but is quickly thrown in the dark as soon as guns are brought in to the perspective. I would advise anyone and everyone to watch this episode and also read Pete Early's Crazy. Both these exposes expose the mental health crisis and need to be read by any American tired and upset at the shootings going around. Before you way in on any conversation regarding these shootings please do some research on the mental healthcare...

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Thanksgiving Break

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

Finally, Thanksgiving Break is upon us and we are nearing the end of the semester. All of my papers have been officially turned in and I am ready for a long deserved break. After writing two papers in a very short period of time. Directly after class at 7:15 I will assimilate upon Wegmans grocery store to accumulate a vast amount of beer and grub. Then I shall get drunk and feast for the next few days as I waller in my own filth. I'm only kidding but it will be nice to actually spend some time with my family and catch up on some rest after those two relentless papers. I hope everyone has a nice trip and holiday peace out until...

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Thanksgiving Break

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

Finally, Thanksgiving Break is upon us and we are nearing the end of the semester. All of my papers have been officially turned in and I am ready for a long deserved break. After writing two papers in a very short period of time. Directly after class at 7:15 I will assimilate upon Wegmans grocery store to accumulate a vast amount of beer and grub. Then I shall get drunk and feast for the next few days as I waller in my own filth. I'm only kidding but it will be nice to actually spend some time with my family and catch up on some rest after those two relentless papers. I hope everyone has a nice trip and holiday peace out until...

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