Introduction to Digital Humanities

RELI/ENGL 39, Fall 2015, University of the Pacific

Author: Anointed Storyteller

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Another exciting journey in my adventure with the Digital Humanities. In the link above you can see a group of data that might seem like a bunch of names and numbers, but as per usualĀ , there is a meaning behind it all.

Palladio and What it Does

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Palladio is an interesting mapping application that is used for examining spatial history. Above, you can see two images that show a little bit of Palladio’s capabilities. The top image shows locations marked where specific photographs were taken. As you can see in that image, a large amount of the photographs wee taken in California, near Michigan, and throughout the rest of the United States. The image below that top image shows a more detailed look at the area in California, near San Francisco, where Photographs were taken. This allows students and researchers to more accurately find where the photographs were taken. I think that it might also be helpful to mention that the maps shown above shows the streets, and mark locations like cities, and shows borders between states. Below, I included another image that shows a satellite view of the area and as well as marked streets and cities, just to show the different tools Palladio offers.

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I mentioned in the beginning of this post that Palladio can be used for examining spatial history, which is pretty much the relationship between a physical space and time. Well, if you notice in all of those previous images there is a button in the bottom left corner that says “Timeline”. With that you can open up a timeline and look at how the dates of the photographs relate to any other set of data. I’m interested in the relationships between the dates and the cities the photos were taken, so I can tell Palladio what I want and I get a visual timeline like the one below.

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As you can see in the image, I went over Wheaton, Illinois and it shows me when the photos were taken there over the course of over 10 years.

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You might be wondering what that mess of interlinking dots are, well, I’ll tell you. That right there is a visual representation of how locations from a set of images relate to the dates of the images. For my Digital Humanities class I had to create a visual representation – a chart – of a set of data. Using Google Fusion Tables, I inputted the data and just messed around with it and made a bunch of different charts without any clear objective. I decided that my data should be put to use so I decided to show how the locations of images relate to the dates of the images, and I decided to do it in a way that could be fun for any user. I will say that it is a little bit confusing, since it is a lot of information, but I think it does get the job done in representing a relationship of data.

Omeka, Roman Martyrs, and Exhibits

Hi everyone, it’s me! Andrew, the anointed storyteller! Today, I’m going to tell you all about my experience with Omeko and creating online exhibits.

To start, let me say that Omeko is a very interesting tool for creating organizing data and digital objects for exhibition. If you have to do a project on the history of the US constitution, and you have a bunch of photographs of documents written by founding fathers, documents that influenced the US constitution, and paintings of the founding fathers, Omeko can help! With Omeko, you can organize those objects into seperate collections, then you can organize those collections into exhibits, and then you have all your data available and easy to use for anyone doing research on the US constitution or on History in general.

I was in a group that was given the task of finding digital objects that is some way related to Perpetua and Felicitas, Christian Martyrs, and Ancient Rome. We collected painting of martyrs, photos of ancient ruins, coins used in ancient Rome, and so many more different objects over the internet. That wasn’t as difficult as it sounds, it just takes time.

The more difficult part of using Omeko and creating collections was inputting all of the metadata for each object and figuring out how it relates to different objects and putting them all into exhibits that make sense and are easy to navigate for users. However, it still wasn’t that difficult. It also just took time, since Omeko was fairly easy to use. I think that it is harder if you don’t really have an interest in the project. The topic of Christian martyrs and Ancient Rome interested me, so it wasn’t always seen as a chore.

Overall, it was an interesting project and I would use Omeko again and recommend it to any friends interested in creating online exhibits for research. That’s all I can think to say for now, I plan to write more on this site in the future, so expect something…

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