Weekly Readings and Participation (30%)
You will be asked to provide questions related to the assigned readings every week. We will be using these questions to guide class conversations, so please remember to include a page number or other form of reference for web sites, etc. for each question. Participation in class discussion is of the utmost importance and students will be expected to engaged with the readings and their with fellow classmates’ comments. One part of your participation grade will be the leading of one class. For this class you will choose a reading for your classmates and be responsible for leading discussion and providing motivating questions.
History Moves (20%)
Over the courses of the semester we will be working with existing data from an already in-process project. History Moves is a project that combines public history and design to expand the reach of history and include people in the process of telling the story of their own history. We will be working with a varied range of data (primarily textual and geospatial, but also audio and video) to think of new ways to apply analysis and visualization to History Moves initiatives. You will be responsible for taking into consideration two sets of data and coming up with a proposal for how to apply the techniques we learn in each half of the semester to the materials to improve their exploration and/or presentation.
Part 1 – Textual Data – Using the various techniques of algorithmic analysis we will be discussing in the first part of the course, you will propose and justify a new approach to the History Moves textual data set. (800 words and presentation) DUE MARCH 7 (10%)
Part 2 – Geospatial Data – Using the various techniques of visualization we will be discussing in the first part of the course, you will propose and justify a new approach to the History Moves geospatial data set. (800 words and presentation) DUE MAY 2 (10%)
Digital Project (50%)
Over the course of the semester you will create a prototype for an innovative new media form that relates the topics of analysis and visualizations we are discussing. Possible ideas including finding aids, mobile apps, digital exhibitions, analysis projects, virtual environments etc.
Description and plan of your project. What is it? How would it work? How would you build it? And what are possible models/analogs that already exist? Your project should be in some way related to the course’s general themes of analysis and visualization. (800 words) (5%) DUE FEBRUARY 28
Develop a prototype of your digital tool. This prototype will present visual representations of different states of the tool, how the tool is used, and how its functionality presents a unique insight into the materials it is analyzing and representing. There will be at least one presentation of middle stage work on the prototype up until which point development can remain in analog formats, but your final deliverable will require some digital output. (30%) FIRST DRAFT OF PROTOTYPE DUE MARCH 28
Concluding/Reflective statement – As a companion to your final prototype you will be responsible for a statement that accomplishes two goals: a) describe the goal of your project in relation to projects that are similar to or were influential in the development of your work, placing your project within a DH historiography b) a reflection on the process of working on the prototype including descriptions of how new media forms affected your workflow, how you approached to the project, unexpected discoveries, etc. (3000+ words) (15%)
All final work to be completed by midnight Sunday, May 15