Introduction to Digital Humanities

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

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Digital Humanities Group Project!!

So our final for my Digital Humanities class is due today and we finally finished up the last few things needed for our final project! I had Ray, Manni, and Leslie as my group members they were the absolute best! Although we all have such hectic schedules, it was sooo very appreciated that everyone made such an effort to meet and be on time. I really enjoyed working with these particular people we had a great time and I feel we all learned so much through the process. We all kept in touch through phones/ texting and met up to work on the website together.
Our final project was to build a website using online applications that we have worked with throughout the course. My group decided to use wordpress, google fusions, and google spread sheets for our website project. We initially were going to build the website using html and coding but soon realized it was too difficult for us to do; so we ended up using wordpress which we had worked with during the beginning of the course. Our topic was to evaluate the changes in tuition costs, attendance, freshmen enrolled, room and board, and books and supplies. I learned how to make a spread sheet of datasets and how to center and format them correctly!! I also learned how to make a chart! This group project has to be one of my favorites mainly because I enjoyed creating and learning more about the topic of our rising tuition and mainly because I had a great time working with my group members.

Here is the link to our final project!!

All about mapping in Digital Humanities.

The class was introduced to Palladio and Google Fusion tables recently. These are two applications used to create and digitalize maps. First we downloaded the cushman collection data onto our computers and then uploaded them onto the applications. Both Palladio and Google Fusion tables are somewhat similar but I feel that each have different features that the other does not have. I myself prefer the Google Fusion Tables just because it has an actual street view which is always more helpful because you get to see the literal street and the surroundings.

At first Dr. S guided the entire class through the process and how to use the applications and how to make a map. It took me a little while but once I got to making a map it was pretty cool. I just played around with the features but since it was my very first time working with these tools I got a little lost and confused. I started with creating a map of the United States. There was a feature on Palladio that allowed me to zoom in and listed the city and states. Each city and state was marked by a little red dot that you could click on to show the city and state. Palladio does not have a street view available so that would be the only thing I like less about it.

The readings we did last week on spatial mapping made me question how accurate these mapping applications really were. The reading gave me the impression that when we digitalize maps, we distort them and they are no longer conveying the original message. I can kind of see that with the applications because they are not really spot on.

Maps from class (:

This is the picture of the map that I created today in Digital Humanities using Padillo. The map is of the United States and shows the city and states. On Padillo you can play around with different options and functions to create any kind of map that you want with the details and features that you like.

Google Fusion Tables in class today

Working with Omeka in Digital Humanities

So we are officially done with the 8th week of school and it has not been too bad so far. This week we were introduced to “Omeka” in my Digital Humanities class. It was actually pretty cool because I ended up learning a lot of new stuff from it. Basically Omeka is an online management system for online digital collections. After using it to upload images I learned so much about stuff I had no idea about before. Mainly I became more familiar with “metadata” which I was very confused about before. I found out that metadata is info such as descriptions, licensing, dates, sources, etc. While using omeka the class learned how to create collections, add meta datas, and how to create exhibits. Some parts to Omeka are still a bit fuzzy to me but I kind of get the gist of it. This class has been very interesting since we have been introduced to so many online systems and applications that I had no prior knowledge of.. It’s exciting but terrifying at the same time since I am not so tech savy. I’m sure we will be using even more online systems like this as the weeks go on in the the class.

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