Since we’re spending three hours together once a week, I’ve set up the schedule into “halves” for each class. We’ll meet for roughly an hour and a half, take a fifteen minute break, and reconvene for the remainder of the class. The first half of the class will either revolve around a guest, lecture, or reading discussion. The second half may vary with reading discussion, tool discussion, or getting hands-on with a tool.
Note that readings are due on the date under which they are listed. For example, on September 29 we are discussing public history, so you should spend the week prior completing the readings, assignments, and prior-to-class exercises.
Week 1: What is Digital History?
- Prior to class, sign up for a domain name and hosting space with Reclaim Hosting.
- Install and customize WordPress
- Blog setup refresher (Getting Started with WordPress: https://codex.wordpress.org/Getting_Started_with_WordPress)
- “Interchange: The Promise of Digital History,” Journal of American History (2008)
- Lisa Spiro, “This is Why We Fight: Defining the Values of the Digital Humanities,” Debates in the Digital Humanities
- Stephen Robertson, “The Differences between Digital Humanities and Digital History” Debates in Digital Humanities
- Sharon Leon, “Returning Women to the History of Digital History,” [Bracket], March 7, 2016.
For reference, read these at your leisure (not required for class, but may be helpful in managing the course reading load):
- Please complete the pre-class survey by the end of the week (September 30)
- Where is your blog? (September 30)
- Sept. 27: Write an introductory post on your blog about who you are, what you study, and what you hope to get out of the class
- Sept. 27: Reading response blog post
Week 2: What is Public History?
- Ronald J. Grele, “Whose Public? Whose History? What is the Goal of Public History?” The Public Historian vol. 3 no. 1 (Winter 1981): 40–48.
- Richard Weible, “Defining Public History: Is It Possible? Is It Necessary?,” Perspectives (March 2008).
- History@Work, “Reflections on the Founding of NCPH,” February 13, 2015.
- Andrew Hurley, “Chasing the Frontiers of Digital Technology: Public History Meets the Digital Divide,” The Public Historian vol. 38 no. 1 (February 2016): 69–88.
- Sheila A. Brennan, “Public, First,” Debates in Digital Humanities (2016).
- Oct. 4: Reading response blog post
- Oct. 8 by midnight: Sign up for discussion leader spots. These start next week, so you’ll need to be signed up before the end of the weekend.
Week 3: Collections and Archives
We will be meeting at Green Library to visit the university archives and meet archivists Daniel Hartwig and Leslie Berlin.
- Trevor Owens, “What Do You Mean by Archive? Genres of Usage for Digital Preservers,” Blog, The Signal: Digital Preservation, (February 27, 2014).
- “Metadata,” JISC Digital Media.
- Sheila A Brennan and T. Mills Kelly, “Why Collecting History Online Is Web 1.5,” Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, March 2009.
- Tim Sherratt, “It’s All About the Stuff: Collections, Interfaces, Power, and People,” Journal of Digital Humanities 1, no. 1 (March 9, 2012).
- Oct. 14 by midnight: On your blog, a one paragraph project pitch for your digital public history project
- Oct. 11: Reading response blog post
Week 4: Project Management
No class. Instructor away at a conference.
- Suzanne Fischer, “Developing your Synthetic Powers,” History@Work, (March 13, 2015).
- Erin Kissane, “A Checklist for Content Work,” A List Apart, March 8, 2011.
- Bethan Nowviskie, “Ten Rules for Humanities Scholars New to Project Management”
- Jennifer Reut, “Building Digital Humanities Projects for Everyone”
- Sharon Leon, “Project Management for Humanists”
- Brian Croxall, “12 Basic Principles of Project Management”
- Explore Curatescape sites:
- Oct. 21, by midnight: Project proposal due
- Oct. 18: Reading / website response blog post
Week 5: Narrative and Interpretation
- Wyman, B., Smith, S., Meyers, D. and Godfrey, M. (2011), “Digital Storytelling in Museums: Observations and Best Practices,” Curator: The Museum Journal, 54:4 (October 2011): 461–468.
- Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, “So the Colors Cover the Wires“: Interface, Aesthetics, and Usability”
- Rebecca Onion, “Snapshots of History,” Slate February 5, 2014.
- Oct. 25: Reading response blog
Week 6: Visualization | Text Mining | Mapping
- John Theibault, “Visualizations and Historical Arguments,” in Writing History in the Digital Age, edited by Kristen Nawrotzki and Jack Dougherty (University of Michigan Press, 2013).
- Ted Underwood, “Where to Start with Text Mining,” The Stone and the Shell, August 14, 2012.
- Dan Cohen, “Searching for the Victorians,” October 4, 2010.
- Richard White, “What is Spatial History?”
- Stephen Robertson, “Putting Harlem on the Map,” Writing History in the Digital Age, edited by Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki (2012).
- Begin building the infrastructure of your public history exhibit:
- Explore the Curatescape Stories feature and begin creating an Item for your exhibit, complete with primary sources and some rough draft text (November 4 by midnight).
- Nov. 1: Reading / website response blog post
Week 7: Community and Oral History
- Tammy S. Gordon, “Community Exhibition: History, Identity, and Dialogue,” Private History in Public: Exhibition and the Settings of Everyday Life (Lanham: AltaMira Press, 2010). 33–57.
- Lauren Gutterman, “OutHistory.org: An Experiment in LGBTQ Community HistoryMaking,” The Public Historian (32:4) (2010).
- Groce, Nancy, and Bertram Lyons. “Designing a National Online Oral History Collecting Initiative: The Occupational Folklore Project at the American Folklife Center,” Oral History Review 40, no. 1 (January 1, 2013): 54–66.
- Mark Tebeau, “Listening to the City: Oral History and Place in the Digital Era.” Oral History Review 40, no. 1 (January 1, 2013): 25–35.
- OHA ethical guidelines: http://www.oralhistory.org/?s=ethical+guidelines
- Jack Daugherty, “Who Owns Oral History?”
- Explore sites:
- Oral History in the Digital Age http://ohda.matrix.msu.edu/
- Nevada Test Site Oral History Project http://digital.library.unlv.edu/ntsohp/
- Bracero History Archive http://bracerohistory.org
- American Folklife Center http://www.loc.gov/folklife/
- Baltimore ’68: Riots and Rebirth http://archives.ubalt.edu/bsr/index.html
- OutHistory.org http://outhistory.org
- Virtual Watervliet http://virtual.shakerheritage.org
- Nov. 8: Reading / website response blog post
- Nov. 10: Project progress update blog post
Week 8: Mobile
- Deborah Boyer and Josh Marcus, “Implementing Mobile Augmented Reality Applications for Cultural Institutions,” Museums and the Web 2011.
- Brad Baer, Emily Fry, and Daniel Davis. “Beyond the Screen: Creating interactives that are location, time, preference, and skill responsive.” MW2014: Museums and the Web 2014. Published February 1, 2014.
- Sharon Leon, Sheila Brennan, and David Lester, “Mobile for Museums”
- Explore sites:
- Nov. 15: Reading / website response blog post
- During class, you’ll give a 2–4 minute presentation on your research and aims of your exhibit (the progress blog post from last week should serve as the outline for your presentation.)
- Sign up for a 15-20 minute meeting with the instructor to check in on progress. This can happen anytime this week or next (but must be by November 22). If no spots are available that work for your schedule, we will make different arrangements.
Week 9: Drafts
No class, Thanksgiving Break. Work on projects.
Week 10: Evaluation
- Hallie Preskill, “Museum Evaluation without Borders: Four Imperatives for Making Museum Evaluation More Relevant, Credible, and Useful,” Curator: The Museum Journal 54:1 (January 2011): 93100.
- Craig MacDonald, “Assessing the User Experience (UX) of Online Museum Collections: Perspectives from Design and Museum Professionals,” MW2015: Museums and the Web 2015, February 1, 2015.
- NEH Start-up guidelines, Section IV, Part 4 on narrative. Compare how this NYPL proposal illustrates those sections.
- Explore IMLS Evaluation Resources
- Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, “Done: Finishing Projects in the Digital Humanities, Digital Humanities Quarterly
- During class, you’ll present a 3–5 minute presentation on your research and final exhibit. This is also a chance to receive some early feedback from your peers and provide you some time to make edits and changes before the public presentation next week.
- Dec. 2 by midnight: Draft an evaluation plan for your project on your blog. Draw on the readings to support your plan.
Week 11: Project Presentations
Project presentations, Lathrop Library, 1:30-3:00pm. Refreshments will be provided.
Final materials are due to me by midnight, December 9. Please submit your final URL to your exhibit, and write your final reflection blog post on the process of creating your project.