Many of the courses I am taking as part of my PhD studies involve the integration of history with new media. These courses require regular blogging, all of which can be found under the Courses category, as well as building things.
For Clio Wired in the autumn of 2011, I built a proof-of-concept version of a mobile-friendly web exhibit relating to the burning of Washington, DC, in August 1814. The project was initially framed as though it were a proposed NEH Office of Digital Huamities Level II startup grant. My site, The Burning of Washington, was built using Omeka, and represents my first encounter with CSS. Both my draft grant proposal and white paper reflecting on the process can be found on the site’s documentation page.
In the spring of 2012, the focus of H697 was “creating history in new media.” For this class, every student builds a portfolio webpage, with typographic, image, and design assignments, in addition to a final project. Some of my colleagues maintained a consistent design throughout their portfolio and assignments. I opted to experiment, partly for the fun of it and partly to test my range, at least in terms of color, period, and style. While I had some little experience with html, css, and basics of design before entering the class, they are areas which you can study for years and still have more to learn. I readily acknowledge that I am still a beginner.
Final work for Digital History Techne/Programming for Historians (autumn 2012) can be found here. My blog posts are on the course blog and my own blog posts tagged clio3; at the former you can read my basic introduction to topic modeling.