Week Eight: Digital Collections and Digital Preservation

In class, October 16




Sign up for an Omeka.net account, set up a site, and explore how to create an Omeka database.

Blog post:  write about this week’s readings


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  1. HIST 511 Week 8 Roy Leonardi
    Meloni’s first significant comment about Omeka is her comment that Omeka isn’t “WordPress for museums.” She explains that Omeka is as easy to use as is WordPress. For the purposes of this course and for developing digital material, Omeka is a good tool for the organization of research. My problem is my own digital-overload. I am still at WordPress, Moodle, Curatescape, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
    The Scheinfeldt article is an excellent overview of developing “usable” digital programs. His suggestion about the notion of various is the understanding how to reach a broader audience. He addresses the need to recognize various social media platforms. He also recommends the recognition of cell phone technology. He explores the type of research tools that a historian has available. There is a comment in a later section where Scheinfeldt addresses the prejudice that the contribution “… of those who think and talk is more valuable than the labor of those who build and do.” In the digital age thinking about a subject and being able ‘to do’ the digital research should be a seamless activity. Personally, I think better than I do – which is frustrating.
    The Google Books article was written in 2007. With the technology of 2013, developing booklets and book are easier tasks than have been described in the article. For instance the scanner technology that he referenced is more easy to use and one of several functions on low cost copiers.
    The Essay on History and New Media was written at an earlier date. However, these earlier articles can be relevant, especially if the groundwork resonates with current research efforts. I took one of the author’s footnotes #24 and tested its availability. http://www/loc.gov/lcib/0304/digital.html. This reference took me to the library of congress website and provided hundreds of links to source-data on World War 2. A number of other references, links, and websites that he mentions continue to exist as digital references, e.g. Google, Wikipedia.
    The Digital History guides provide a boiler-plate for beginning to collect and store digital references. From my perspective, using the Internet is a valuable tool. I am attempting to develop my project for this class and I am stymied at several points. This collection of chapters has provided some guidelines for developing a larger project. I am beginning to understand that a digital presentation requires more steps than research and writing. Organizing the material into a presentation AND then posting at an appropriate site is more than complicated than I have expected.
    For the purposes of research, for a professional employed for that purpose, or as amateur hobbyist, expanding an awareness of the many and varied sites makes the process more complicated and more interesting. It also sends me off on tangents of interest.

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