Archive for April, 2008

Final Post

jboyl5av on Apr 24th 2008

DONE!!! The project is done, the website is done, and I have finished my reflection. Digital History has certainly been an experience this semester, one that I learned a lot from. But I am certainly glad to be finished. I am really happy with our final product, but if I had to do the semester over again, I would do a lot of things differently, such as starting everything earlier and making more realistic deadlines. I would have also liked to be more helpful in other aspects of the project that my technological proficiency prevented me from participating in, such as the website creation. I probably would have modeled the structure of our group differently as well. I really like how the James Farmer group structured their project, assigning each person as a manager, rather than arbitrary responsibilities. One thing I did like about this group was the ability to multi-task while in class, which enabled us to get more things done. But all in all, because of this class I have been a Google convert and versed in many technological tools I probably would never have even known about.

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Coming to a Close

jboyl5av on Apr 19th 2008

So with the project due date only a few days away now, everything is certainly coming to a close. The common theme in all of the work I have done for this project is the countless hours spent waiting for files to upload via UMW’s unbearably slow network. But now almost everything is uploaded and placed into the proper exhibits, minus a few articles that Matt had to separate for me that got scanned to a batch, or rather one giant file. The tedious nature of scanning files, editing files, transcribing interviews and uploading everything into the website has been extremely frustrating at times, but certainly has forced me to be patient, as well as taught me the fine art of squeezing time out of an incredibly hectic schedule to get everything done. For the past 3 weeks especially, I have been living at the library, as well as Panera’s stealing their free high speed wi-fi to upload files. In fact I have frequented Panera’s so much lately I believe I have tried every soup, sandwich and salad they offer. Everyone in the group has worked extremely hard to get to our final product, especially over the past few days. We wanted to get everything polished for Friday’s presentation, which I think went extremely well. It was so nice to see our website in its current form, timeline problems fixed and all. It was very satisfying as well to see the individual elements that each group member has worked on, fit together so nicely. I am just proud of our group. The experience of working with UMW’s history, through research and oral history has been a wonderful experience, and has given me such pride as a student. But I have to say, I am glad that this project will be over come Tuesday, because it has been a very long and arduous semester.

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The never ending project…

jboyl5av on Apr 9th 2008

So after spending nearly every evening in the library for the past two weeks, searching through 10 years worth of Bullet issues, I have finally completed scanning my portion of the archives, 1971-1980. Now the next step: uploading everything into the artifact section of Omeka. I also need to isolate important events out of the Bullet articles I scanned and write a description for each so Kellye can input them into the timeline. There are also still interviews to be edited and transcripted, which should keep me very busy for the next two weeks. At times it seems as if this project is never ending…of course it must.

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One project down, two more to go

jboyl5av on Apr 1st 2008

DONE!!!….At least with uploading videos to youtube, after the painful process of waiting for 20 min for my computer to save the windows movie maker files into movie files…and then another 20 min for youtube to upload the video, everything is up on the internet…now we just need to embed the files into our website and timeline. I am currently in the process of extracting important articles out of the Bullet issues from 1971-1980, as well as creating a written transcript for the interview….hopefully these things will also be up on the internet by Thursday/Friday.

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