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Web Production 101

September 05, 2006 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Reading

Cohen, Dan and Roy Rosenzweig. Digital History. Philadelphia:University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.
read: "Introduction", "Getting Started", "Designing for the History Web"

Creative

Set up a blog
You'll need a blog for the semester, and rather than giving you each one it seems worthwhile to let you each figure out how to set up your own. You can use any system you want, though here are a few I'd particularly recommend: Wordpress, Typepad, Blogger. Once you've set up your blog, e-mail me the URL, and I'll add you to the course blogroll.

Community & Collaboration

September 12, 2006 7:20 pm - 9:00 pm

Overview

guest: Roy Rosenzweig

Reading

Cohen, Dan and Roy Rosenzweig. Digital History. Philadelphia:University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.
read "Collecting History Online"
Rosenzweig, Roy. “Can History be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the Past.” The Journal of American History 93, no. Number 1 (June 2006): 117-46.
Cohen, Dan. “Raw Archives and Hurricane Katrina.” (August 28, 2006).
Schiff, Stacy. “Know It All.” The New Yorker (July 31, 2006).
Howe, Jeff. “The Rise of Crowdsourcing.” Wired 14, no. 6 (June 2006).

Writing

Reverse-engineering a website...
Based on the "Web Production 101" discussion and readings, write a post about how a site of your choice (but not one you've had a hand in making) is built. Some things to think about (though by no means the only things to consider in your analysis):
  • Are the pages static or dynamic? If dynamic, what kind of scripting language(s) are being used?
  • How (if at all) does the site use CSS?
  • What kinds of multimedia elements are used?
  • How well does the navigation function?
  • Is there a database backend somewhere? How do you know?

Wikis

September 12, 2006 9:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Overview

How to contribute to existing wikis, as well as how to get your own up and running.

Working with Audio and Video

September 19, 2006 7:20 pm - 8:15 pm

Overview

How to get audio and video into a computer, and how to work with it to produce narrative media

Visualization & Narrative

September 19, 2006 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Reading

Staley, David J.. Computers, Visualization and History. Armonk, NY:M.E. Sharpe, 2003.
Murray, Janet. Hamlet on the holodeck : the future of narrative in cyberspace. New York:Free Press, 1997.
read "Harbingers of the Holodeck", "From Additive to Expressive Form"
Amplified, updated version of Chapter One. (just read "Hypertextual Derrida, Poststructuralist Nelson?"; "The Definition of Hypertext and Its History as a Concept:" and "Predictions.")

Large-Scale Databases

September 26, 2006 7:20 pm - 9:00 pm

Reading

Cohen, Dan. “From Babel to Knowledge: Data Mining Large Digital Collections.” D-Lib Magazine 12, no. 3 (March, 2006): 6–19.
Turkel, Bill. “Methodology for the Infinite Archive.” (April 5, 2006).
Lyman, Peter and Hal R. Varian. How Much Information? Executive Summary. University of California, Berkeley:School of Information Management and Systems, 2003.
Dempsey, Lorcan. “The Three Stages of Library Search.” Update Magazine (Nov 2004).
Crane, Gregory. “What Do You Do with a Million Books?.” D-Lib Magazine 12, no. 3 (March, 2006).
Bates, Mary Ellen. “Internet Librarian: 30 Search Tips in 40 Minutes.” (November 3, 2003).
Turkel, Bill. Teaching Young Historians to Search, Spider and Scrape. December 26, 2005.

Scripting

September 26, 2006 9:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Overview

General introduction to writing scripts and making dynamic websites

Remix Culture and APIs

October 03, 2006 7:20 pm - 9:00 pm

Reading

Cohen, Daniel J.. “Do APIs Have a Place in the Digital Humanities?.” (November 21, 2005).
Semantic Humanities, . “Web 2.0 and the Digital Humanities.” (August 25, 2006).
Miller, Paul. “Interoperability: What Is It and Why Should I Want It?.” Ariadne Magazine 24, no. (June 2000).
Yee, Raymond. “Working With Remix Culture.” .

Using APIs

October 03, 2006 9:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Overview

Overview of how to use popular web services and APIs to mix together data from different sources on one webpage.

Geography & Place

October 17, 2006 7:20 pm - 9:00 pm

Reading

Buckland, Michael and Lewis Lancaster. “Combining Place, Time, and Topic: The Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative.” D-Lib Magazine 10, no. 5 (May 2004).
Hill, Linda. “Georeferencing in Digital Libraries.” D-Lib Magazine 10, no. 5 (May 2004).
Roush, Wade. “From Lewis and Clark to Landsat: Digital Maps Marry Past and Present.” Technology Review (July 2005).
Associated Press, . “Historic Websites.” (July 4, 2006).

Mapping Tools

October 17, 2006 9:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Overview

How to use existing tools to both build maps and layer history over geographic space.

Classrooms

October 24, 2006 7:20 pm - 10:00 pm

Overview

guest: Mills Kelly

Reading

Cohen, Dan and Roy Rosenzweig . “No Computer Left Behind.” Chronicle of Higher Education (Feb. 24, 2006).
Kelly, T. Mills. “For Better or Worse? The Marriage of Web and the History Classroom.” Journal of the American Association for History and Computing 3, no. 2 (August 2000).
Pace, David. “The Amateur in the Operating Room: History and the Scholarship of Teaching.” American Historical Review 109, no. 4 (October 2004).

Discussion

Archives

October 31, 2006 7:20 pm - 9:00 pm

Reading

Cohen, Dan and Roy Rosenzweig. Digital History. Philadelphia:University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.
read "Becoming Digital", "Preserving Digital History"

Making Things Digital

October 31, 2006 9:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Overview

Brief walkthrough of how to scan and convert text and images to a digital format

Scholarship

November 07, 2006 7:20 pm - 9:00 pm

Reading

Manning, Patrick. “Gutenberg-e: Electronic Entry to the Historical Professoriate.” American Historical Review (December 2004).

Personal Organization Software

November 07, 2006 9:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Overview

Introduction to Endnote, Firefox Scholar, Cite-U-Like and other bibliographic reference tools

Museums & Public History

November 14, 2006 7:20 pm - 10:00 pm

Overview

guest: Tom Scheinfeldt

Reading

Becker, . “Everyman His Own Historian.” American Historical Review 37, no. (1932): 221-236.
Rosenzweig, Roy and David Thelen. The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life. New York:Columbia University Press, 1998.
"Patterns of Popular Historymaking" and "Afterthoughts" (15-36, 177-208)
Gardner, Jim. “Contested Terrain: History, Museums, and the Public.” The Public Historian 26, no. 4 (2004): 11-21.
Coldicutt, Rachel and Katie Streten. “Democratize And Distribute: Achieving A Many-To-Many Content Model.” Museums and the Web (2005).
Hales, Linda. “A Curate-Your-Own Museum Web Site.” The Washington Post (March 11, 2006).
von Appen, Keith and Bryan Kennedy, Jim Spadaccini. Community Sites and Emerging Sociable Technologies. 2006.
Bearman, David and Jennifer Trant. “Social Terminology Enhancement through Vernacular Engagement.” D-Lib 11, no. 9 (September 2005).

Discussion

Websites
Look over the following two sites:
  • Every Object Tells a Story
  • The Art Museum Social Tagging Project
  • Law & Access

    November 21, 2006 7:20 pm - 9:00 pm

    Reading

    Cohen, Dan and Roy Rosenzweig. Digital History. Philadelphia:University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.
    read "Owning the Past?"
    Unsworth, John. “The Next Wave: Liberation Technology.” The Chronicle of Higher Education 50, no. 21 (January 30, 2004).
    Rosenzweig, Roy. “The Road to Xanadu: Public and Private Pathways on the History Web.” Journal of American History 88, no. 2 (September, 2001): 548-579.
    Lessig, Lawrence. “free culture.” (July 24, 2002).

    Slideware

    November 21, 2006 9:15 pm - 10:00 pm

    Overview

    How to think critically about using Powerpoint and other slideware

    Reading

    How to Get Digital History Built / Presentations

    November 28, 2006 7:20 pm - 10:00 pm

    Reading

    Garrett, Jesse James. “The Nine Pillars of Successful Web Teams.” (July 9, 2003).
    Cohen, Dan and Roy Rosenzweig. Digital History. Philadelphia:University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.
    read "Building an Audience"

    Presentations

    December 05, 2006 7:20 pm - 10:00 pm