April 04, 2006

Comment feature closed

The comment feature of this blog has now been turned off due to the excessive spamming. If you wish to post a comment to a particular entry, contact the blog owner, T. Mills Kelly.

Posted by mills at 09:57 AM

January 03, 2006

Big $$$

Hey all I hope everyone had a great holiday.

Has anyone taken a look at buying Dreamweaver 8 and Photoshop CS2? If you're starting from scratch it's pretty pricey. The best I've seen is about $467 total for the educational versions of both. Has anyone found better?


Posted by kknoerl at 01:43 PM | Comments (1)

December 15, 2005

More interesting sites

Here's a couple more UK sites. (I had another UK visitor this week)

The first is from my friends at the Science Museum
and the second is site on Winston Churchill


Posted by dschaef1 at 12:14 PM

December 14, 2005

Mitch Kapor on Wikipedia

Here's a link to a talk given by Mitch Kapor, the founder of Lotus Development Corporation, at Berkeley on the Wikipedia. These days, Kapor is the President of the Open Source Applications Foundation.

Posted by mills at 07:42 PM

December 12, 2005

An "enthusiast" site worth visiting

Hi all:

Here's a website I'll be using next semester in my Western Civ class: Casebook: Jack the Ripper. This is an "enthusiast" site founded by a guy named Stephen Ryder who, by his own admission, began this project just because he was interested in the Jack the Ripper case and wanted to start collecting resources online. The site has mushroomed into a huge project with thousands of primary sources, a message board with something like 70,000 posts on it, etc., etc. For our purposes, it also has a "then and now" page that shows you the look of four prior versions of the site's homepage.

If you can get past the incredibly annoying flashing ad in the left hand margin, it is quite the resource. And it is an example of how a digital history project can take on a life of its own.

See you in a bit.


Posted by mills at 06:17 PM | Comments (1)

Debbie's Quilt Redesign is up

Hi class
My final project- A redesign of the NMAH Quilts, Counterpanes and Throws uploaded. I ran out of time in replacing unPhotoshoped images and l still want to add those and pretty the links up plus there are 2 internal documents which Professor Kelly said weren't needed for the presentation but I will need to include for work. Anyway I'm good to go for tonight-everything works but later in the week if I can leave one day early, I'll pay another visit to my friends at the Star Lab get it a little fancier.

Direct link is to Debbie's Web Project

See you all later!

Posted by dschaef1 at 05:56 PM | Comments (2)


Well, I made one little change to the template and next thing I know, half the site is screwed up. But it's all right now.

Check it here.

Posted by kalbers at 04:51 PM | Comments (1)

Tai's Final Project

Let the good times roll???

Thomas McKenney Visits the Western Tribes

Posted by tgerhart at 11:20 AM | Comments (1)


Hello all:
My final project has been linked on my bio page and can be found at http://mason.gmu.edu/~avonargy/womenoftheweimarrepublic.htm
Next semester I intend to expand the site reviews in number and in scope, as well as flesh out the bibliography section and create a complete (as close as time and materials will allow) English source/ reference list on the topic. I'll also have a good deal of work to do in the future with regard to images, graphics, and cool upgrades. I am eager to learn how to do all that stuff in Dr. Petrik's course next semester. Maybe then I can compete with some of you web designing gurus!
See you all tonight.

Posted by avonargy at 11:15 AM | Comments (2)

CNN Wikipedia story.

CNN has a story about the guy that wrote the fake bio. I thought this bit was interesting.

"Chase said he didn't know the free Internet encyclopedia called Wikipedia was used as a serious reference tool."

It certainly doesn't inspire much confidence regardless of the other article we read examining its accuracy.



Posted by kknoerl at 08:44 AM

December 11, 2005

Final project almost done

Hi Class,
My final project is almost done. I have all the pages laid out in Word and the jpg file ready to go but the Star Lab has been closed since Thursday evening so everything won't be connected to my website until Monday afternoon. Sorry but I just don't have enough confidence in loading with Dreamweaver on my own. Last time I ended upt with exta copies of images and had to resize my photoshop images.
It's been a pleasure being in class with you all and I hoped to take other classes with all of you. See you Monday evening!

Posted by dschaef1 at 07:11 PM | Comments (1)

Scott's Final Project

It's up and running: GTO Proposal

I also reworked my homepage, see if you can identify the guy in the photo.

I appreciate everyones' comments and suggestions, and special thanks to Tai! (Us midwesterners have to stick together!)


Posted by sprice7 at 02:13 PM | Comments (2)

December 10, 2005

CSS for my site

Tai wanted a look at the CSS for my proposal, so here it is. Note - there are some things that are "commented out," as well as some extra code. A lot of stuff will be used next term in 697 that did not get used for the proposal, but I built the CSS for it anyway.

Clicky: http://mason.gmu.edu/~mhobbs/hist696/proposal/museummain.css

Bear in mind that this WILL launch Dreamweaver if you have associated .css file extensions with that program.

Posted by mhobbs at 07:49 PM | Comments (1)

final thoughts on teaching history via the web

I don’t really like the sound of “final thoughts”, as no thought of mine has ever really been final…but just the same, it will likely be my last blog for this course so here goes…

I have learned a lot in this course; much of which (here’s a nice, ironic surprise) I did not anticipate learning, as both a student and as an instructor. I am equally excited and afraid for the future of education, specifically for the basic education of our young people in public schools. Too many classrooms are in effect run by administrators who don’t understand student’s needs or how students learn and retain information. Many primary and secondary teachers are overworked, underpaid, and ill prepared to engage youngsters and encourage them to learn to build academic skills on their own. As more multiple choice tests are given to expedite the process of testing, students are left with fewer literacy skills to support their academic careers later in life. We need to find a way to bridge the gap between rapid and effective teaching, to pay more attention to how students learn today and put aside old outdated modes of instruction. Society is dynamic; therefore education should not be static. An unexamined course of education is not worth following.

Continue reading "final thoughts on teaching history via the web"

Posted by avonargy at 03:48 PM | Comments (1)

liz's project ... it's finished...

Redesigned, revamped ...

Continue reading "liz's project ... it's finished..."

Posted by ejonese at 08:51 AM | Comments (1)

December 09, 2005

Interview on Technology and Education

I hope you all are enjoying the snow.

Here's an interview with an English prof. on the use of technology in the classroom. I'd be interested to hear your take on this. He doesn't seem that cutting edge to me, but is a guy who gets lots of buzz.


Posted by mills at 07:04 PM | Comments (7)

Final Project - Ammon

Well, here it is, in all it's glory.

Religion in the GDR.

Posted by ashephe1 at 05:19 PM | Comments (3)

Danger, Will Robinson, Danger

Hi all:

Has anyone received comments on your proposals or projects from outside GMU? I noticed that I received one on my project proposal. I guess I hadn't thought through the fact that all of our comments are visible to the world. With that in mind, and since some of the sites I've reviewed for my final proposal are run by persons that I need to contact (or have attempted to contact), I might have to temper my critiques. Just something to keep in mind. Also, I have corresponded with one such person, Professor Richard Wright (I mentioned him in my presentation Monday night) and he's published an e-book. One comment from a site that has his book on-line I thought may be of interest as it regards copyright.

Continue reading "Danger, Will Robinson, Danger"

Posted by sprice7 at 02:49 PM | Comments (3)

Maureen 's Final Project

Please go to http://mason.gmu.edu/%7Emguignon/hist696/projfin.htmfor my final project.

My home page for my project is http://mason.gmu.edu/%7Emguignon/hist696/hitproject.htm

Posted by mguignon at 02:20 PM | Comments (2)

Suzanne's Final Project

Thanks to Meagan, my final project is on my website! My proposal for New Lights in Norwich can be viewed on my website at http://mason.gmu.edu/~scarson1/

I agree with Kurt's Blog that it has been a real pleasure taking Clio with you all. I've learned alot from all of you and without your help I certainly would not have made it through to the end. Best of luck to those of you taking 697 next semester, and I look forward to viewing those incredible websites you'll be creating. See you on Monday and come hungry.


Posted by scarson1 at 11:09 AM | Comments (4)

December 08, 2005

Tai found Teaching Goals

In our argument over the difference between 'learning' and 'entertaining' students - I asked someone who knows more than me (Bob Hawkes), and thought I'd share.

Teaching Goals

  • Make good "students" out of them.

  • Stimulate interest in the discipline by delving into dynamics of the topic.

  • Lead the students in the direction for viable analysis of the topic.

  • Relate it to the world the students' know about - if there is not a reference point, what you're teaching won't make sense.

  • You want the students to argue about the topic because it means they're thinking.

Posted by tgerhart at 08:00 AM | Comments (1)

December 07, 2005

Old news perhaps but still interesting...Wikipedia

Online encyclopedia tightens rules following false article


Posted by kknoerl at 03:28 PM | Comments (1)

December 06, 2005

How to build a blank room...

For Nona, and anyone else who may need this in the future...

Continue reading "How to build a blank room..."

Posted by mhobbs at 10:38 PM | Comments (1)

Kurt's Final Project

Last night's group did a great job. I appreciate what I've learned this semester from all of you. It has been a real pleasure.

OK so here's my crack at it. http://www.clio.keimaps.com/finalproposal.html

...My apologies to dial up users.


Posted by kknoerl at 08:49 PM | Comments (1)

A few comments on presentation(s):

I was really impressed by the projects presented last night and have a few final thoughts about them and my own.

An interesting study would be to compare CLIO projects over the last few years. I wondered if those of you with expert tech/building skills see a big difference. I certainly noted more incorporation of images to be read as text and that idea was something I had planned to bring up.

So, I should have looked at my notes as I wanted to point out an idea in my project that seemed to be replicated in others that were presented.

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Posted by mguignon at 09:07 AM

December 05, 2005

screen resolution

I returned home and my site looked normal...

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Posted by ejonese at 11:16 PM | Comments (1)

miles's site


other resource:

Posted by miles at 08:32 PM | Comments (1)

liz final

Here you go...

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Posted by ejonese at 05:47 PM | Comments (4)

nona's final project

here goes...

The '63 Ramblers

Posted by nmartina at 01:51 PM | Comments (4)

December 04, 2005

Digital Project is a go... I say again, we have a go

I, too, have my webpages up and ready to go.

You can read the proposal by clicking on the logo:


To see a sample room from the virtual museum I will be constructing, you can click on the thumbnail below:


Click on Chagall's painting Rabbiner, the yellow portrait of a rabbi, to see a sample information page that I will be preparing for each work.

Posted by mhobbs at 11:02 PM | Comments (4)

Maureen's Final Project

My final project web page is up for my presentation tomorrow evening. My secondary links are still under construction.

Please go to:http://mason.gmu.edu/~mguignon/hist696/index.html

References to secondary links:



Posted by mguignon at 09:48 PM | Comments (1)

Amy's Project Proposal

Here is the link for my digital project proposal. The subject is the History of Internet Digital History.
It's not glamorous (I used anchor links), but it works and I was able to get everything in the right place.
Let me know if something is broken and I’ll try to fix it!
See everyone tomorrow, Amy

Posted by alechne1 at 08:46 PM | Comments (3)

December 02, 2005

My Project is a Fish

K, figured out the IE bug (if anyone cared) and my final proposal is up and ready to go... if you're bored and perusing, please let me know if you find any typos or anything stupid-looking.

Welcome to Yoknapatawpha


Posted by mhess3 at 01:59 PM | Comments (7)

A long strange trip...

And another blow struck for free content on the web.

For those of you old enough to remember, throughout their touring career the Grateful Dead allowed fans to record their concerts and encouraged them to swap tapes of those concerts with one another. It was a business model that flew in the face of the standard recording industry model of controlling all content--recorded or performed--but one that worked for them (as long as they were touring).

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Posted by mills at 09:25 AM | Comments (1)

Another review of the Google presentations


Here's a review of the Monday evening program from Rebecca Tushnet, who is married to Zach Schrag (in our department) and is an attorney who specializes in these sorts of things.

Also, I just created a new category, "copyright", and have gone back and recategorized some of our postings that deal with this issue so you can search back through the blog on this topic later on.


Posted by mills at 09:12 AM

December 01, 2005


Is anyone familiar enough with CSS to give me the hack to make Internet Explorer recognize my floats on my proposal? It looks fine in Safari, Netscape, and Firefox but stupid IE sucks.

Internet Explorer Doesn't Like Me


Posted by mhess3 at 06:18 PM

Wikipedia is no good.... says he.

I am interested in letting many people know that Wikipedia is a flawed and irresponsible research tool.

Posted by ashephe1 at 10:07 AM

November 30, 2005

More on the law

Here is a link for a series of short articles about the legal issues of frames(yes, we already know they're a crime...sorry a bad pun, but I couldn't resist), images, and hyperlinking. The articles are a few years old so maybe the laws/legal reasoning has since changed, but they still provide an interesting alternative way to think about web design.

Posted by alechne1 at 08:13 PM | Comments (2)

Public History - Post Puerto Rico

Which of these sites most effectively conveys the past to a "general" audience? (And why?)

I have increasingly less patience with websites for casual surfing, therefore I’m trying to evaluate the following websites as the “general” public would, just searching for various bits of historical information. These are organized from #1 to #6, with #1 being the best historical presentation for a “general” audience, and #6 being the worst (Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen was a broken link on 11-29). I must admit, this task was more difficult than I expected, and the order I eventually settled on surprised even me.

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Posted by tgerhart at 02:08 PM

One million digital images at Library of Congress

from an email press release...

"The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division is celebrating a new landmark: one million images from its collections are now available in digital form online."

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Posted by nmartina at 10:52 AM

November 29, 2005

Volunteer list

Hi all:

Here is the list of those who have volunteered to go first with their final (15 minute) presentations. I'll update this entry as more people volunteer:

1. Nona
2. Amy
3. Meagan
4. Liz
5. Miles
6. Scott
7. Maureen
8. Matt

Posted by mills at 04:22 PM

Images and copyright


This is a response to Tai's question about images for her wiki entry. This image comes from the American Memory project of the Library of Congress and is drawn from one of McKenney's books (published in 1859 and so out of copyright).


The LOC obtained it from the Filson Historical Society. Their rights and permissions listing on the LOC site says:

The Filson Historical Society owns the materials from its holdings presented online in The First American West. The Filson encourages the use of these materials for educational and scholarly purposes, but any use requires that a credit line be included with each citation.

Suggested Credit Line:
The Filson Historical Society.

The use of these materials in commercial publication projects requires the permission of the Filson Historical Society and is subject to a use fee. For permission to copy or use any materials from the Filson Historical Society in The First American West for any commercial purposes, please contact the society at the address given below.

Because I've just republished it in a blog that is clearly "educational", I'm well within their policy. But what about posting it into the Wikipedia? What do you think about that? One could argue that it is a non-commercial enterprise and so therefore within the policy. And, one could argue that because the image is from 1859 it is way out of copyright and so clear in any case. But one could also argue that some people, and they know who they are, use Wikipedia content in commercial enterprises. So, what if someone took Tai's entry, or just the image she might post, and used it for commercial purposes? Who's to blame there? And even if blame starts getting thrown around, can it stick to anyone, given that the image is from 1859?

Ain't copyright fun?

Posted by mills at 03:54 PM | Comments (1)

November 28, 2005


What do i find staring at me from my mailbox when i arrive home today. "The Chronicle Review" (The B section to the Chronicle of Higher Education) front page article entitled "The Google Gamble" by Siva Vaidhyanathan. It is the December 2nd Issue. You'll be able to access it through LexisNexis in a couple of days.

The article pretty much says that we are gambling that Google will keep the information free and egalitarian.

Posted by nmartina at 10:11 PM | Comments (6)

Matt's Wikipedia Entry

Sorry I missed you guys at Molly Malone's. I got Kurt's e-mail with the location, but it was a little late for me to drive from Fairfax. I also forgot that I had to pick up my dog from the boarder's this afternoon after work - he's been there since Thanksgiving, and I just couldn't leave him alone another night.

But to make good use of my time, I made my first Wikipedia entry.

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Posted by mhobbs at 09:01 PM | Comments (1)

Miles's Wiki

I edited an existing article about Samuel Armstrong. You can read my edit at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_C._Armstrong. I'll add some thoughts later, but now I have to rush to the meeting! See you soon.

Posted by miles at 03:29 PM

Wiki Tai

See my Wiki posting Thomas L. McKenney

I was actually shocked at how easy it was to contribute to Wiki. I have a great picture I wanted to upload of His Hotness - Mr. McKenney, but then I felt marginally guilty about the fact that it may or may not be legal for me to do so. I didn’t figure out the bulleting some of you used. Now I’m going to give a shout out to Ammon because you were my inspiration on the format of the posting.

Posted by tgerhart at 03:15 PM


I have been working on a longer article about a black tanker who fought in World War II, but it's not quite finished yet. So instead, I inserted a portion of my writings into the article about Patton. Hopefully this one will draw some attention, as most of my other edits have been minor.

Posted by kalbers at 02:44 PM

Suzanne's Wiki Experience

Hi Everyone,

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in Arlington in a few hours. I did it! I created an account for myself in Wikipedia, and I added to the Further Readings section of the Great Awakening entry in less than 30 minutes. There were only 3 or 4 readings, so you can see what I added at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Awakening#Further_reading/

I'v added a few thoughts about Wiki and the article in my entry

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Posted by scarson1 at 12:48 PM

Wiki Das Boot--Scott

OK, another new experience for this "old dog." Glad to know I can learn at least one new trick: U-550

After spending a couple of hours exploring the site and another hour figuring out how to edit pages and then how to create new pages, I did it! My Wiki account name is 1999screamingchicken

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Posted by sprice7 at 12:01 PM

Wiki - Ammon

I started out not quite knowing what to do. So in true hypertext fashion, I bounced around from link to link until I found a link to a person with no entry. I created a brand new entry for that person. It's not much, information wise.

Karl G. Maeser

Posted by ashephe1 at 11:17 AM

Liz on Wiki

Seeing how the Bears are atop the NFC North (yay!), I decided to do some research on Chicago football teams, past and present.

Continue reading "Liz on Wiki"

Posted by ejonese at 08:06 AM | Comments (1)

Maureen's Comments on Wikipedia:

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Posted by mguignon at 12:07 AM | Comments (2)

November 27, 2005

amanda's wiki wacky

I have no problem with Wikipedia as a possible source. I check each source I use from the web for authenticity anyhow. I think it would be a problem for users with no research experience who take for granted everything that is posted. While I think the provider of the info should try to be certain what they post is accurate, at some point it is the vistor has to take responsibility for authenticating the information. It was fun trying to find a subject that had not been covered. I was surprised at how well some of the entries were written and cited.
I wrote about Gottfried Lindauer, a New Zealand artist who had rocked my world since I was a little kid. We lived in New Zealand for a while when I was small and Dad was building ships. It was easy to write about because I am so excited about his work. I am also interested and excited about Maori history, a lot of which I learned from studying the paintings. Lindauer is an important artist for the Maori and the history of New Zealand, so I was surprised that he wasn't already covered.
The Wiki format was pretty easy after learning this blog thing so away I went. I tried to present a "reasonable accurate account" as Roy would put it, of Lindauer and the thrust of his paintings.
I was even able to link some websites so people can see the artwork I am referring to. (that's amazing for me, an internet neophyte) I think art is one of the most important things in human life. It is one of the only things that truly seperates us from animals. see some beautiful art and let me know what you think of my entry @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gottfried_Lindauer
here's some helpful visual links

Posted by avonargy at 09:39 PM | Comments (3)

Wiki Slanguage

I searched Wikipedia's "article request" for a topic I might know something about and found a request for "see a man about a horse." Having done some research in Slang (and making a digital project on it), I figured this was something I could do:

See A Man About a Horse

P.S. I really dislike Wiki's coding system.

Posted by mhess3 at 09:20 PM | Comments (1)

Debbie's Wiki edit on James Armistead Lafayette

My wiki edit is on James Armistead Lafayette. I was going to do a couple of others but this took hours by the time I checked my research and figured out how to make external links. The links still don't look great but they work and at least the information is accurate and I was able to add a redirect for James Armistead Lafayette to James Armistead. I think if the editing process was easier the quality of entries would hopefully improve. See you all tomorrow. Debbie

Posted by dschaef1 at 08:42 PM

Maureen's Wikipedia Entry:

I edited two Wikipedia entries; one on Woking (England) and the other on Sultan Shah Jehan, Begum of Bhopal. My entries clarified that:

Shah Jehan was the Begum of Bhopal from 1868 to 1901 and she commissioned the Mosque in Woking, England. She was one of four female Muslim rulers in Bhopal who reigned for over a century between 1819 to 1926.



Posted by mguignon at 07:49 PM

Suzanne's Thoughts on Teaching and Learning

With this entry, I am finally caught up with my blogging. I reread your other blogs on digital classroom, and it looks like we could have a couple discussions on the topic. I found a lot of good insights that spur my thinking further. I had to stop contemplating and write the blog, so here it is...

Continue reading "Suzanne's Thoughts on Teaching and Learning"

Posted by scarson1 at 12:57 PM

November 26, 2005

Suzanne's Proposed Proposal

Happy Turkey Day! Thanksgiving has provided me the time to catch up on my missing blogs. I've been working on my proposal about the Great Awakening for awhile, but I've put the pieces together and here it is. Read on...

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Posted by scarson1 at 09:23 PM

Woopsies, forgot

Guess who forgot to post my homework before I went on the honeymoon? Yes, that’s Tai.

Digital media MAY change the teaching and learning of history:

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Posted by tgerhart at 03:22 PM

November 25, 2005

nona's wiki response and post

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Posted by nmartina at 05:08 PM

November 23, 2005

Amy's Wiki article response

Here are some of my initial thoughts on Wiki and our Wiki reading before the holiday (and the sleeping pill known as turkey!!) set in. To anyone on the blog before/during the holiday, Happy Thanksgiving!! Amy

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Posted by alechne1 at 08:45 PM

History to go?

From our discussion on Monday, I ended up writing something in my blog on History to go. I'll be interested in your reaction to this.

Have a great break and I'll see you in Arlington on Monday.

Posted by mills at 11:20 AM

November 22, 2005

I edited an entry on...what else? Underwater Archaeology

I was fairly surprised by how poorly the maritime archaeology section was written. I didn't rewrite the whole thing(though some day I might in all my spare time)but just corrected a couple of factual errors regarding how underwater sites are different from land sites.

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Posted by kknoerl at 08:33 PM

World Digital Library?

In case you didn't see Librarian of Congress James Billington's op ed piece in the Washington Post today, he announces a big initiative to create a World Digital Library in which the great works of print are digitized. Guess who's helping to pay for it? Google did you say? Give the lucky lady a prize!

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Posted by mills at 07:34 PM | Comments (2)

Amy's Wiki Entry

I tried posting this Wiki entry on the blog last night but I don't see it so I'll try using a different category. Here it is again so if we end up with two, my apologies.

I've never used Wiki before so I started simple. Look for user name akl483 for following added publication to the entry for Victoria Clafin Woodhull:

Woodhull, Victoria C. Martin. The Rapid Multiplication of the Unfit. New York, 1891.

Perhaps if I become more adventurous I will write about her views on eugenics that are set forth in the above publication.

Posted by alechne1 at 08:57 AM

November 21, 2005

deerfield beats all

Amanda von Argyriadis
November 21, 2005

I think of all the sites we looked at that the Deerfield site was the most effective history site in a number of ways. The interface was not only sophisticated but elegant in its arrangement. There is a lot of historical information on this site, and the visitor can choose how deep they wish to go by continuing to click on the subjects until the site dead ends. Deerfield was clearly organised and seemed to flow well, with the result being more readily understood and retained batch of information than the “Who Killed Robinson?” site we looked at last week, for example. I think the Deerfield site reaches the broadest audience, with the least amount of user complications. Even with dial up it ran well, although the opening film clips available were slow to load, but not as bad as some of the other sites. Makes me wonder if it is different technology used to create those films that makes the difference as to whether I can load them easily or not. If so why wouldn’t all programmers use the software that serves the most people?

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Posted by avonargy at 11:43 PM

Public History - Ammon

I must say I was fascinated by two of the websites because of their use of Flash and Javascript (Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen and HistoryWired: A Few of Our Favorite Things). My argument is that these two sites make the most effective use of new media. If I have to pick one of these two for the ultra super top... then I'll have to go with HistoryWired.

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Posted by ashephe1 at 05:31 PM

A General Audience View of the Past

The public pressure is on and I am behind on my blogging. After reviewing the popular and public history websites, I attempt to answer the question: do they effectively convey the past to a general audience? in this blog. The blogs ahead of me on the subject are excellent, and I look forward to an interesting class discussion tonight. Read on, Suzanne

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Posted by scarson1 at 05:31 PM

New TVdia?

I am tempted to call the findings of "Less Clicking, More Watching" sobering. They are, given the possibilities and hopes we have been outlining during the semester for using new media, at the very least disappointing. The idea that presenting material through video clips, similar to documentary television shows, is the favored method of delivery for the average online user indicates that utilizing the alternative mediums new media offers is undesirable.

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Posted by kalbers at 03:17 PM

"What Else Is On?" Effective Use of New Media - Kurt

2) Which of these sites makes the most effective use of new media? (And how?)

Many of the sites we could examine attempted to make use of multimedia and had at least in theory interesting subjects to cover but had in my view widely different results. Apparently throwing technology at an issue does not ensure a meaningful experience.

Continue reading ""What Else Is On?" Effective Use of New Media - Kurt"

Posted by kknoerl at 02:35 PM | Comments (1)

learning for a lifetime

Amanda von Argyriadis
November 14, 2005

Digital history has certainly changed the way we “do” history in my lifetime.
When I was a kid we were simply given a book and told to read through it, memorise the important dates and figures, and perhaps be able to identify the various nations on an unmarked map. We were lucky to get a slide show. Films were a once in a semester treat. Today, history is more interactive thanks to the new technologies and the advent of the internet. With digital history available to us, both students and instructors alike can actively participate in the quest for knowledge. I urge instructors to take advantage of the ample teaching tools readily available on the web. It means instructors will have to be better informed about what is out there and must know themselves what the accurate history is. Busted! Perhaps we could all stand to learn something from this new age.
Perhaps historians will have to be more well rounded with all the information that will be readily available to them and forgo the excuses previously used, the all too familiar, “I don’t know, that’s not really my field” remarks.

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Posted by avonargy at 01:42 PM | Comments (1)

Interesting article

Hi class
This article is a good bridge between last week and this week's topics


Posted by dschaef1 at 01:40 PM

Public History -- Scott

Did anyone else find that some of these sites were a bit weird? That “Devices of Wonder” site definitely fell under that category. Too much going on with little direction! And talk about a busy site with too many gimmicks, the Hitler Channel’s website (sorry, “History Channel”) had enough going on to confuse the brightest of us. No button for Hitler, Nazis, or the SS though (but search for “Nazi” on their search engine and see what comes up – especially the DVD sale’s pitch to the right). The “History Wired” link was broken so I was spared having to find out what our marvelous CHNM folks find to be their favorite sites. As for Julia, God rest her soul, that was a fun and very well organized site but after hearing her voice I kept expecting to see Dan Aykroyd pop up and accidentally chop off a finger after consuming a bottle of wine (anyone in the class ever watch SNL back in the 1970s or were most of you even born yet??) Great skit, irreverent as heck though. Not so sure of this site’s value as history, however, unless if falls under the cultural history rubric. The “Raid on Deerfield” site was also pretty cool. Then there was the “endless scroll” that was the narrative on Steve Dietz’s 1999 “Museums and the Web” page – Ugh – and ugh again, John Vergo’s article “Less Clicking.” Neither was much fun. So I guess I’ll dive into answering Question One and the winner is. . .

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Posted by sprice7 at 12:25 PM

Deerfield... again

Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704.

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Posted by nmartina at 10:42 AM


My tshirt has arrived and looks fabulous. I will not be modeling it tonight, however, as I am going to save it for next Monday's field trip in order to "represent."

See ya'll tonight!

"Life itself is the proper binge."
--Julia Child
(I liked her site too, Miles)

Posted by mhess3 at 10:16 AM

Public history, Liz

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Posted by ejonese at 10:04 AM

November 20, 2005

Julia Child Rocks!

Unlike so many others, I was much more impressed by the Julia Child site than the Deerfield site, although I can admit that the Deerfield site might offer more important historical analysis. But alas, I love cooking (and eating!) and I was fascinated by the site's use of new media to link the small details from the kitchen to the story of Child's life and career. The Deerfield site did well in lacing together the five cultures/stories through links and careful development of the stories, but the site was so text dependent it did not communicate anything extra through its digital architecture. However, the Julia Child site could not have communicated the connection between her kitchen and her life as richly in a text-heavy presentation. Therefore, the use of new media is both essential and excellently done.

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Posted by miles at 11:02 PM

Matt on Public History

Looks like there's going to be a real bandwagon for the Deerfield site. I'm glad I'm getting in on this early, so it looks like we all just picked the same site by coincidence!

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Posted by mhobbs at 09:40 PM

Maureen's Public History on Line.

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Posted by mguignon at 09:15 PM

November 19, 2005

Public History Websites- So near and dear to my heart (Debbie)

I chose the Deerfield site partly because of its an engaging narrative and partly because I found it easier to assume the role of “the public.” Since several of my colleagues were involved with the development of the exhibit originally named What's Cooking which became the exhibit Julia Child's Kitchen, I have an insider insights on how and why the site took the shape it did, and while I happen to enjoy this exhibit and the behind the scenes story, I feel my biases would prevent me from viewing this site as a member of the general public. Ditto History Wired, which is now a link on NMAH's Collections page and while Devices of Wonder was fun, I thought the teaching tools section should have been used as an introduction to this site. I work with the Getty knowledge authorities a lot and was disappointed; I expected more from them and didn’t care for the disjointed choice of object records and difficulties I had accessing from a Macintosh.

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Posted by dschaef1 at 09:45 PM

Back to the Future

Hi everyone, here's something you might enjoy about digital history...in 1983!

“When a database in available for direct, immediate, interactive searching, it is said to be ‘online.’ A searcher uses a typewriter-like electronic data terminal to communicate over telephone lines with the information retrieval system’s large computer where the databases are stored. The searcher can interact with the database to alter or modify the search at any point and can test results along the way.”
“The New Technology for Research in European Women’s History: 'Online' Bibliographies” by Joyce Duncan Falk in Signs, Autumn 1983, p.121.

Chck out JSTOR for the full article

Posted by alechne1 at 11:53 AM

November 18, 2005

Social Bookmarking

Here's one to think about as you begin to do your reading for our "digital communities" week. The latest time-sucker to come across my radar screen, thanks to Ken is del.icio.us, a social bookmarking tool for your browser. How does it work? You post a bookmark to your personal del.icio.us page and then you can see who else has bookmarked that same webpage. Then you can go to their personal page and see their bookmarks (here are Ken's for instance--hey, whoever said the Internet provided privacy?) and can then see who else bookmarked their bookmarks and can go to those people's pages and before you know it you've spent an hour and a half and still haven't found out when the @*$!*#^ Treaty of Westphalia was signed. So go ask H-Bot, he'll/she'll tell you. Which, by the way, you'd know if you hadn't been sleeping in Western Civ all those years ago!

Do I tell you about this so you can get sucked into the del.icio.us whirlpool and never come up for air again, thereby never quite managing to graduate? No! Of course not! Perish the thought! Actually, I'm hoping you can rescue me...

Seriously, though, I think there is a possibility that this sort of social bookmarking, as opposed to the Friendster, et all social networking model, could actually be used in the teaching and learning of history. I can imagine requiring my students to use this tool as they surf around the web, providing others in the class access to the sites they find and bookmark. Am I crazy? You be the judge...And throw me a lifeline when you get a chance. I've got to get out of this whirlpool...

Posted by mills at 04:02 PM | Comments (2)

Matt on the Digital Classroom - I got yer flashcards right here.

Damn, people are posting their stuff for next week even as I finally get around to blogging about last week's assignment. What did Dr. Kelly say about students getting more paranoid as their work (or obvious lack of it) is posted on the Internet?

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Posted by mhobbs at 03:52 PM

Amy's Public History Review

Which of these sites has a design and interface that most effectively communicates its message and serves its audience? Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704.

It appears already that there's some consensus (Meagan) on this site, good news for Deerfield.

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Posted by alechne1 at 10:28 AM

Copyright, blogs, and syndication

One of my hobbies is to follow the development of a movement in the Christian Church called the emergent conversation kind of like how other people follow sports. The other day, a controversy brewed that I think relates to our class. The rest of the story is in the extended entry, but please know that I am not endorsing any of the religious content in the links I provide. I'm just a spectator in the debate!

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Posted by miles at 08:42 AM

November 17, 2005

Liz ... digital classroom

Sorry for not getting up sooner … E.P. Thompson was consuming my brain all week.

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Posted by ejonese at 10:41 PM

Which of these sites has a design and interface that most effectively communicates its message and serves its audience?

In “Telling Stories: Procedural Authorship and Extracting Meaning from Museum Databases,” Steve Dietz argues that "museums, at least in their databased, public outreach efforts, need to kick the object-centered habit." One website that is well on its way through the 12-Step Program is Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704.


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Posted by mhess3 at 01:08 PM

Open Learning and the Metauniversity

From http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=32509

My talk at the Open Source for Education in Europe, organized by the SIGOSSEE and JOIN projects, in conjunction with the Open University of the Netherlands. Here are the PowerPoint Slides. Here is the MP3 Audio. Coverage of the conference by Josie Fraser (one, two), Graham Attwell, Tom Hoffman, Vermario, Brent Simpson, and Stuart Yeates (who found the talk "disappointing" because of "his utopia predicated first and foremost on a radically different method of distributing resources in education" - what else did he expect me to do, disregard the whole theory I've been developing?). [Comment]

Posted by kalbers at 12:36 PM


I guess I'll try to stick to the themes I have hammered at for most of the semester: the unique features of the medium of digital scholarship and the democratization of scholarship.

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Posted by kalbers at 10:29 AM

November 16, 2005

Maureen's Digital Scholarship on the Web.

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Posted by mguignon at 09:30 PM

Digital Classroom -- Scott -- Hey, where are the flash cards?

As someone who doesn’t plan to teach after grad school (although I did teach one U.S. history survey course after I got my M.A. and it was quite an experience), this week’s assignment covered areas I hadn’t really considered before. All I could think of after reading the assigned articles, checking the websites, and the class discussion was that perhaps we’re seeing the final death throws of the traditional Survey course I remember so fondly from my freshman year oh so many years ago?

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Posted by sprice7 at 04:24 PM

Digital Classroom-Amy

Some factors that I think are important to consider when evaluating the digital classroom...

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Posted by alechne1 at 03:54 PM

New Media and Teaching and Learning

This is just a jumble of half-formed thoughts, and mostly they deal with the internet as it affects teaching and learning.

I have to agree with previous posts--that the expectations of digital mediums have often outpaced our understanding of how to utilize these new tools. But I think there are some other angles on this issue that deserve some attention. First, I think the Internet encourages learning in ways that academic classrooms are not structured to honor. Also, I think the kinds of learning rewards offered by the Internet place a greater burden on students' initiative, in the same way that the web skews the balance of power to the user in other circumstances. Plus, I think teachers (and those training to this end) could benefit from thinking about how living the new digital lifestyle can impact students' thinking process.

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Posted by miles at 01:21 PM

Challenges of Digital Teaching/Potentials of Digital Learning-Debbie

This was my week to teach our collections management system and it was hard for me to be inspired to write about the digital classroom after dealing with all day and all week long with overly enthusiastic interns, technology challenged curators, and a frustratingly unstable network. Granted, my experience for many years has been in a very narrow segment of public history and material culture, as a parent, and occasionally as a student, so my perspective is probably different from academic historians and traditional history teachers.

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Posted by dschaef1 at 12:27 AM

November 15, 2005

Digital Media and the Teaching and Learning of History -Kurt

Digital media has changed the way students learn in general and specifically in history but not in ways one might expect. The hype that surrounds the internet and the promise of rapid dramatic change has not occurred in the way Internet Visionaries had once proclaimed. Despite this, however, things have in fact changed at all grade levels.

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Posted by kknoerl at 09:07 PM

Digital Classroom - Ammon

I think digital media is still in the infant stages of teaching usage, and as such is caught in a middle point as to what it has done and what it can do. To be uncharacteristically short for a historian, I think digital media has added no real new dimension to teaching and learning. On the other hand, I don't feel that the full potential for digital media has been reached. I shall explain (in true, long-winded historian fashion in the 'Extended Entry').

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Posted by ashephe1 at 05:11 PM | Comments (2)


Originally the term was used to denote a person who was an excellent basketball player. It is now used to describe anyone who is skillful in a certain task. Actually to describe someone who is more than skillful – it describes someone who excels.

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Posted by nmartina at 07:57 AM | Comments (2)

Teaching the Millenials

There were several things that we talked about in class and that was covered in our readings that indicated that this “new medium” has been instrumental in changing the teaching and learning of history.

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Posted by nmartina at 06:18 AM

November 14, 2005

You've Come A Long Way Baby...

...but you've still got a ways to go...

Imo, the current focus of the majority of digital history is on accessibility and interactivity--making the information available to the public and making it fun to look at and learn about.

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Posted by mhess3 at 10:37 PM

Validate your HTML and CSS

Get your code validated here. I couldn't find one for rating your site for the disabled, so that can go in a comment here if someone finds it.

World Wide Web Consortium



Posted by ashephe1 at 08:24 PM



Lots of stuff.

Posted by mhess3 at 08:15 PM

For easier access later

Just wanted to put a link to the Pace article here so I can find it easily later. I have a feeling a certain scholarship of teaching and learning rubric is going to be required ("public, susceptible to critical review and evaluation, and accessible for exchange and use by other members of one's scholarly community")

Posted by mhess3 at 06:15 PM

Example of currernt Teacher survey in museum exhibit development

Hi Class
This is an example of the kind of teacher survey we now send out when we are developing exhibits, this one for On the Water. Note that a lot of the educational materials are or have the potential to be web based. Not only does it provide quicker and easier access, but there is a big cost benefit to not using snail mail. PLEASE DO NOT FILL THIS OUT as it is live and will be tabulatated but I thought it was timely for tonight's discussion.

Posted by dschaef1 at 09:34 AM | Comments (2)

November 11, 2005

The Electronic Darkroom: Artifact Presentation

The Society for Historical Archaeology website has an interesting article on using Photoshop to improve the quality of existing images for printed and electronic publication.


The same author has another article entitled:

Turning Bad Photographs Into Useful Line Art
that might be useful as well. (http://www.sha.org/Research/TechRpt/01_01.htm)


Posted by kknoerl at 11:19 AM | Comments (2)

November 10, 2005

Google's Tough Call

The search giant must decide how to handle the battle over its latest great idea: Google Print. This could change the internet as we know it. By Lawrence Lessig from Wired magazine.

Posted by kalbers at 11:51 AM

November 07, 2005

Class T-shirt

OK, seriously - would y'all pay $14 for this or something similar? I whipped it up in about 15 minutes, and I'm open to changing the design/logo/image, etc. I do think it would be pretty cool, though...

Click on the T-shirt to go to my Cafepress site to check it out.


Posted by mhobbs at 08:15 PM | Comments (5)

Oyez, Oyez!

The Oyez: U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia archive is a fascinating collection of audio records of the Supreme Court. The Oyez site is a great example of a digital resource that would be difficult to access in a traditional format.

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Posted by miles at 07:17 PM

Archives/Research - Ammon

I decided to look at The National Security Archive (NSA) hosted by George Washington University. This archive intrigued me at first because it is simply a collection of declassified documents from the U.S. Government. Also interesting is that each of these documents had to be individually requested from the Government under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Getting to the website was about as long as my enthusiasm lasted....

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Posted by ashephe1 at 05:17 PM

Suzanne's Research and Archive Journey

My journey began with my usual technically-challenged computer frustrations, but as I kept trying the payoff was big. I found the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, and spent several delightful hours manipulating the maps in the collection and writing my observations.

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Posted by scarson1 at 03:42 PM

Mills on the Marxists Archive

Several years ago I wrote a review of the Marxists Internet Archive for our World History Sources project. Marxists.org (originally the Marx-Engels Internet Archive [Marx.org], but they had some sort of purge of the Central Committee and changed domain names) is one of the ur-archives on the Internet, dating from 1987. It originally ran on multiple computers and was operated as a true collaborative. To the best of my knowledge, it remains a collaborative endeavor. My review was written for a different sort of audience, but you might find it interesting.

Posted by mills at 03:35 PM

Just in case you were worried about Bert

Although the original Bert is Evil website went away (as Roy points out in his essay), the evil Bert lives on through the magic of the Internet--the images float all over the place. And if you type "Bert is Evil" into Google, you get the Official Bert is Evil Portal. Here's just one example:


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amanda's two cents worth

Amanda von Argyriadis
Comments on Digital Age Archival Websites
Nov 7, 2005

For this week’s assignment I visited the New Deal Network, a searchable, educational archive found as a segment of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute at: http://newdeal.feri.org/
Within this site are a host of sub-sites that offer a variety of classroom exercises, student projects, and a variety of sources about FDR and the New Deal. The site supports an eclectic selection of documents, images, and archival letters. The documents are grouped and the site is planned to meet the demands of specific features and projects.

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Posted by avonargy at 03:16 PM


The digital archive/database, I believe, is the greatest asset to the historian of all the web-based historical websites that have appeared in the past decade. While I have used a number of the suggested archives to comment on for this week’s assignment, including the National Security Archive, it would seem to me the best sites are those that have as their “core” some form of visual artifacts, whether they be photographs, advertisement, movie clips, etc. The benefits of those archives that deal strictly in print material, documents, etc., to a researcher is that the researcher won’t have to travel to various archives around the country or the world, which is a heck of deal if you have a limited budget or time to travel and the ability to easily search through those documents for what you want. But to take full advantage of the web and all it has to offer, it seems to me, the addition of visual materials tips the scale in favor of those sites that utilize such imagery.

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Posted by sprice7 at 02:38 PM

The Turnaround

Switching the topic to using, rather than creating, digital history is a welcome and grounding change this week. Getting back on the other side of the theoretical server can refine and focus some of the ideas we have been throwing around concerning digital history's makeup and uses.

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Posted by kalbers at 01:43 PM

Copyright....some rights reserved.

Here is a link to the David Rumsey site copyright page.


I especially like how they call it a "human-readable summary."


Posted by kknoerl at 01:16 PM

David Rumsey Map Archive - Kurt

I selected the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection for this project. David Rumsey started collecting maps in the 1980s. His collection continued to grow and in 2000 he launched a website to provide access to the collection on line. It provides a searchable archive of currently over 12600 maps and images. There are several ways to access the collection including a browser based viewer, a downloadable java client that offers the most features for analysis, and a GIS viewer. The collection is searchable by numerous methods such as by country, state, keywords, and by any of the data fields stored for each map such as publication date, author, and title among others. The search function also allows for numerous qualifiers such as equals, contains, less than, etc. Have no doubt if one is interested in maps as a research tool this is one dangerous site. It will draw you in and not let go.

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Posted by kknoerl at 12:56 PM

Wright American Fiction, 1851-1875, Liz

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Posted by ejonese at 08:44 AM

November 06, 2005

Matt on Archives - Rumsey Historical Map Collection

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Archives and Narratives

My take on that archives when correctly maintained do not present a positive narrative or even a multi-narrative. Rather, if they are doing their job properly, archives make it possible for us to tell many many narratives in various ways.

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Posted by nmartina at 07:27 PM

Maureen's Archives/Research

Maureen’s Research/Archives.

Over the last five years, I have used the Making of America periodical database to research several topics, most recently to examine what Americans were writing and reading about the Islamic world in the late 19th Century. For this week’s project, I searched the HarpWeek online archive in order to see what it had to offer on this topic as well as to study how the site presented its sources and how accessible those sources are for research.

The HarpWeek archive, like the MOA site, provides 19th Century periodicals for online research. Both online archives offer simple search options for individual subjects, words, authors, titles, etc. that can quickly scan their entire collection in seconds. HarpWeek and MOA also provide a similar search of images within their database. These online search engines cannot be replicated in a print-based archive of the same material. In order to search printed periodicals, the researcher must go through each periodical by hand to examine the index for the specific subjects or topics of interest. Equally difficult and inefficient, many of these 19th Century periodicals are only available on microfilm or microfiche that are even more tedious to scroll and review by hand. For this reason, the search engines provided for online periodical databases are exceptional tools for scholarly research.

HarpWeek’s home page is visually attractive and easy to navigate. The home page provides clear information about what is available to research: Harper’s Weekly periodical from 1865 to 1879 and then it clearly describes its research tools. The site’s research options are separated into specific categories: Geography, Literary Genre, Occupation or Role in Society, and Topic Headings. It also has an Index Search with an alphabetical list of topics. When searching any of these categories, the results provide a direct link to the specific page. This archive site is simple to use, quick to respond to searches, and easily navigated as every page has the same information bar across the top to return home, return to search results, new search, etc.

The HarpWeek articles are shown with a thumbnail sketch of the original page along side the full text and this provides the resarcher with a visual image of the original text. However, the full text pages are not easy to read and, unlike MOA which offers different print options, HarpWeek does not provide any other print options or, if it did, it was not clearly defined. Thus, when the article was printed, the text was difficult to read. The image printouts were better, but several images were too large to fit the computer screen as well as the print copy. Neither of these problems is found on the MOA site. MOA provides tools to make the image smaller (or larger) and offers several different printing options including HTML which provides clear, legible print copies.

Yes, printing copies could be done with print-based archives, but online archives make the actual research faster, simpler and more efficient. I would argue a good online archive also needs to make the print option equally accessible so I will return to MOA with its simple, basic design, its enormous archive and its print accessibility. HarpWeek may have a more attractive home page but it lacks depth in its archive and has poor print capability.

However, HarpWeek does provide a good site for younger historians to start a research project. Its smaller database is not overwhelming and its Index Search listed numerous topics that sounded interesting and were waiting to be researched.

Posted by mguignon at 09:46 AM

November 05, 2005

Debbie’s review of the New York Public Library’s Picture Research

The Picture Collection Online is an image resource site for those who seek knowledge and inspiration from visual materials. It is a collection of 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, mostly created before 1923.

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Posted by dschaef1 at 06:28 PM

November 04, 2005

archives - nona

The Accessible Archives INC. contains databases of historical periodicals and county records.

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Posted by nmartina at 08:41 AM

November 03, 2005

Tai on Archiving

Documenting the American South

A Project Idea That Could be Done with this Digital Source
Focusing solely on this archive for research and writing would be excellent for an undergraduate project such as: Discussion of Southerners, perhaps North Carolinians, views on the Mexican War and the corresponding period (1846-1848). The archive would have personal/primary sources from its collection “True and Candid Compositions: The Lives and Writings of Antebellum Students at the University of North Carolina,” “First Person Narratives of the American South,” “The North Carolina Experience, Beginnings to 1940.” Additional societal/cultural commentary could be found in the publications by southerners during the Mexican War, found in “Library of Southern Literature.”

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Posted by tgerhart at 08:03 PM

Amy's Archive Project-ProQuest

Rather than presenting a hypothetical research project, I will report on an actual research project that often left me wondering: how would I have ever done this without ProQuest?

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Digitizing Cultural heritage: libraries vs museums

Hi class,
Below is an excerpt from an E-Mail I received from the chair of CIDOC, an international museum documentation committee that I belong to. Enjoy- Debbie

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Posted by dschaef1 at 11:46 AM

November 02, 2005

North American Women's Letters and Diaries or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Choose My Dissertation Topic

North American Women’s Letters and Diaries is the largest collection of women's diaries and correspondence ever assembled. Stephen Rhind-Tutt, the creator, saw the following limitations of print when working with original documents:

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Posted by mhess3 at 09:54 PM | Comments (2)

Historical Hoaxes Online

Of late the Internet has spawned some very interesting historical hoaxes. My current favorite is Boilerplate. Mechanical Marvel of the Nineteenth Century. Another recent example is the Old Negro Space Program documentary about America's now forgotten Blackstronauts.

I think it's easy to imagine a student finding his or her way to one of these websites and then writing a paper that draws heavily on what he or she found there. After all, the Boilerplate spoof took in comedian Chris Elliot. So if a sophisticated writer for television shows such as David Letterman can be fooled, why not our typical 18 year old freshman or a high school student?

Anyone know of other good historical hoaxes?

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Matt's Digital Project Proposal - Entartete Kunst

Wow, looks like I'm behind the power curve on this. It would appear that Maureen and I are contemplating similar topics - great minds, etc. I, also, plan to explore the 1937 Munich art exhibit staged by the Nazis to mock modern art.

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The links for "Doing Digital History" are broken, so here they are:

Chap. 3

Chap. 7

Chap. 8

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October 31, 2005

Debbie’s Final Project Proposal for Clio Wired

My proposal is to redesign the current website Quilts, Counterpanes and Throws. I chose this topic because I am not taking History 697 next semester; I’m saving it until I am accepted into the PhD program and actually have to take it. By then I’m hoping my youngest will be driving and I’ll have a little more time! So I wanted to choose a project that would benefit NMAH. After talking to our web office (they suggested a redesign of the Archives site but since we have a deadline of little over a month that didn’t seem feasible. I suggested this group of objects because the collections fall under the divisions that I am responsible for assisting with their electronic records, and because I knew they had a volunteer that they were trying to get funded as a part time temporary to specifically assist with the quilt collection. I was able to schedule training for her and the curator to get them started on the road of enhancing the skeletal records as well as begin to discuss the digitizing of the slides and transparencies of the quilts.

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Posted by dschaef1 at 01:55 PM

October 29, 2005

Ken's Proposal Proposal

The etymology of the word encyclopedia reflects two Greek roots: enkuklios, meaning "cyclical, periodic," and paideia meaning"education." It has been interpreted as "general education" or "whole circle of knowledge." While its meaning has changed over time, it has generally referred to a comprehensive attempt to gather knowledge in a single location.

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Posted by kalbers at 07:21 PM

Bay Street

The history of the Bahamas is told in many ways. Most commonly, it is the quaint tale of the events that lead to the creation of an island paradise, now the perfect destination for millions of tourists. The main foci are usually arrival of Columbus and the times of Pirates. This, however, is an incomplete tale that ignores the characters and events that have gone into shaping this nation-a nation, not just a tourist destination.

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Amanda's final project proposal

Women of the Weimar Republic

Since WWI, historians have been trying to determine what it is about Germany that led the nation headlong into war. Many suggestions have been offered, and the notion of a German Sonderweg, or “peculiar path” has been argued back and forth with mixed results. One element of the German Sonderweg argument is the subject of women in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Germany. Some scholars posit that German women were unique in their feminist actions and contributed to the peculiar path Germany took; others feel German women had much in common with their neighbours in other countries.
Furthermore, while many websites available today cover the roles of women in Germany as dictated by men, few, if any, discuss life in Weimar Germany from the perspective of women. Examining the social and gender constructs of Weimar Germany on the web would be a unique and instructive project that would ultimately offer a critical examination of another viewpoint currently left unexplored.

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Posted by avonargy at 03:53 PM | Comments (1)

Maureen's Digital Project Prospectus:

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Posted by mguignon at 02:30 PM

Liz's Digital Proposal

While I was doing my first assignment for this class, I noted a dearth of scholarly sites that provided an overall history of advertising. I realized that an all-encompassing history of advertising would be a tad bit much, so I decided to narrow my topic to investigate how soap and beauty aid manufacturers have transformed American society.

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Posted by ejonese at 01:48 PM

Digital Project Proposal - Ammon

Collection tool and gathering place for oral histories.

While any field of historical research is a potential target for this project, I would like to focus on an area of German history that has had little scholarly coverage. Germany has a long historical involvement with religion. Beginning with Charlemagne's forced application of Christianity and his reign with the Holy Roman Empire in the late 8th and early 9th Centuries, continuing with the Catholic Reformations of Martin Luther in the 16th Century, and including the horrifying Holocaust against the Jews in the 20th Century, Germany has played a part in many global changing events relating to religion.

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Posted by ashephe1 at 10:19 AM

Tai's Digital Proposal

Databases available on the Internet and/or purchased by universities for the use of their researching students and faculty rarely include primary source material on American Indians. Certainly databases and library catalogs allow users to find title and author information of sources, but full-text versions are not presented. To encourage and improve American Indian studies, primary sources need to utilize the accessibility and searchability provided by digital scholarship.

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Posted by tgerhart at 10:01 AM | Comments (3)

Miles's Project Proposal

Here's a link to my project proposal:


Have fun reading and leave me a comment!

Posted by miles at 02:59 AM | Comments (3)

October 28, 2005

Scott's Digital Project Proposal: Grrrrrrrr

In 1964 Pontiac Motor Division introduced to the American public a novel automobile, the Pontiac Tempest-GTO (Pontiac borrowed the acronym “GTO” from Ferrari-—it stood for Gran Turismo Omologato-—or Grand Touring-class production vehicle homologated for racing; enthusiasts nicknamed it the GTO Tiger -- hence the "Grrrr" in my title line -- a nickname based on Pontiac's first ad campaign for the new car -- and the "Goat" -- a simple play on the acronym). This was at a time when Pontiac’s parent company, General Motors, had gotten out of the racing business entirely the year before and was promoting its complete line of automobiles to the middle class family (except for the Corvette—always an exception there). GM's corporate emphasis was on safety, affordability, and practicality.

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Posted by sprice7 at 03:08 PM | Comments (1)

Image Zooming... the public can be such a drag.

A few folks expressed some interest in the zoomview software I included on my museum site. Dr. Petrik pointed out to me however that it may in some cases require the user to download a plug-in. She suggested there were other ways to accomplish this. I did a little searching on the web (only a little) and found a flash based program called zoomify (http://www.zoomify.com/) which is supposed to do the same thing. I downloaded it and have not been able to get it to work yet but I'm probably missing something simple. I looked at the demo's and wasn't all that impressed with the way it makes the transition between the pixilated image and the focused one. The benefit though is that it doesn't usually require the viewer to download any plug-in as most people have flash. The other benefit is that it is free.

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Posted by kknoerl at 02:19 PM

Kurt's Digital Project Proposal

It is my belief that historians should make use of as many sources of data as are appropriate to gain as complete a picture of the past as possible. To that end one area of research I received training in was underwater archaeology. Data from that research methodology played an important role in my MA thesis along with primary historical documents. My PhD dissertation will (hopefully) examine some aspect of the development of maritime culture and industry in colonial Chesapeake Bay. Although I will not do any archaeological field work I do plan to examine all the reports from the bay on maritime sites be they wharves, shipways, or shipwrecks that date to that period. It occurred to me that if someone else were interested in looking at such reports on a much larger geographic scale they would have a very difficult time for several reasons.

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Posted by kknoerl at 12:02 PM

Amy's Digital Project Topic

Here is a summary of my digital project. I look forward to reading about everyone's project ideas! Amy

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Posted by alechne1 at 11:28 AM

October 26, 2005

Welcome to Yoknapatawpha

My project is a history of a small but characteristic little piece of the American South, a "postage stamp of native soil," as William Faulkner referred to Lafayette County, Mississippi, the main source of his fictional Yoknapatawpha County. The central idea of the project is to use Faulkner's fiction to inform the historical interpretation and to use history to illuminate Faulkner's world.

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Posted by mhess3 at 07:48 PM | Comments (3)

Wedding Pictures

For those of you who might be bored or even interested: my photographer from the wedding gave me a few "teaser" photographs while we're waiting for the thousands he took to come in. So I've posted them and if you want to take a look and only want to see a few this is a good way to do it. See the album entitled "Teaser Wedding"

Posted by tgerhart at 05:19 PM | Comments (2)

Tai On Digital Scholarship - Post Nuptial

The Comic Strip and Harlan County websites have been examined for their contributions to digital scholarship. I began my analysis using the Randall Bass, three-part method of evaluation: “What these projects suggest together, then, is a blueprint for what appear to be three interdependent features of hypermedia writing: (1) a site's multiplicity (what Michael Joyce calls "coextensivity"--the capacity in a hypertext for one text to replace another); (2) a site's argument or story (the dimension of the site that moves toward something, while never entirely reaching it); and (3) a site's reflexivity (the apparatus furnished to the reader in order to comprehend the movement between the text's multiplicity and its story). Ultimately, the usefulness (and power) of hypertext and hypermedia to scholarly discourse in American studies will depend on our ability to make these three dimensions work together for "reading wrong" rightly (American Quarterly, June 1999, p. 282).”

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Posted by tgerhart at 05:03 PM