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Time

It seems like yesterday when I first started in the special collections. Time is the elusive factor. You cant escape it. I was blessed to have a good partner in Alex. I knew from the beginning the sooner we got the scrapbooks scanned, the better off we would be. We started ahead of schedule, and I am more convinced everyday that was the best decision we made. I remember first walking into special collections. I had been there before, but I had never really spent a large amount of time there.  Looking out the window, the only one with blinds drawn, I begin to go to work. It was really nice having Alex there, as I always usually needed a second opinion on the scans.  Thus many weeks passed every Tuesday and Wednesday were spent stowed away in best room in Simpson. Finally we finished the scrapbook’s, still ahead of schedule. Suddenly our time had come, and our work had passed. Suddenly me and Alex had completed our goals, and yet were infinitely saddened to be leaving special collections. I guess its only human to get used to something, and even more so to miss it when it goes away. I learned invaluable experience working with fragile documents, a skill that will only increase in usefulness in time. I was also blessed with a great group of people to work with.  All of our group went above board with what they were supposed to do. I am very excited to see the end result, and I think our site looks fantastic. Time has a strange way of passing, and I think it only goes faster from here. I would like to express my gratitude to Alex for always being there when he  was needed.

Wrapping Up

Things tend to be wrapping up for our group now. All that’s left is little pieces of the puzzle, that we are doing a really good job at filling in. I have contributed this week by creating the power point for our presentation and some catalog work. All in all its been a really good experience working with the group. I hope special collections and the rest of digital world are as excited as I am to see the end result. The fruit of our proverbial labor. Anyways for now I am glad to be able to help the group in what ever way I may.

Readings for Tuesday

I read professor McClurken’s article Waiting for Web 2.0 among others. I thought his argument for more involved student with social media was a very valid one. His argument that we are at web 1.0 makes sense, the article says that it is waiting for social media to become involved in academia. I was interested to read that In his Women’s History the research had changed from looking primarily in print material in the 1990′s, to completely digitization of research on the internet in later years. I think its really great that this class we take is offered. As much as I have my reservations about the internet, it cannot be denied that we are moving further and further into the digital direction. We have to embrace this new tool for its potential research possibilities, but we must be careful what sources we take from the web. I think Professor McClurken is right in that teaching with digital resources has changed the way History is taught. I never really thought about the way the internet helps us do research, sadly like a lot of people I took it for granted. Its incredible how the web has changed our lives. I think the web has Changed completely the way in which we interact, but I agree the other forms of social media are still yet to be brought into history or other fields for that matter. I was looking at the National Park Service on Twitter one day, and I found a photo that they had posted of the siege canons of Chatham Manor. Having been there many times so I retweeted that photo so that others may find use in it. I think this is a way in which Social media can be useful in research. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed reading Waiting for Web 2.0

Updates on work for this past week

I apologize for those interested as I have not posted in as large amount this past week. I have been preoccupied with other school related activities, and life in general. As far as were we are in group I feel we are coming along nicely. I helped this past week with the metadata entry of the tags for the site. I also helped Alex this past week with the formulation of tags for two of the scrapbooks. My major part in the story is come to a close with the finishing of scrapbook 37, however I am still keeping my self quite preoccupied with helping out the group in other ways. I am happy to see the progress of the website. I have a feeling its going to be really good. I was fortunate to get with a group of people who were determined to make this a reality, and I think in group projects that is key. The coming weeks should be telling as to the final result. Its really different now that I am not in special collections. It was such a special way to spend the ending of my afternoons. I definitely will miss it. Anyhow that’s my update for now.

Group Progress

Our group is making great strides towards our goals. The website is still producing some minor issues, but I think these issues will be resolved soon. I am really excited about the progress so far. I think we will meet our milestones, and hopefully be able to add the finishing touches. I feel my group is doing the best it can to meet the demands imposed by our contracts, and look forward to seeing the final product. I am super excited to see how this all plays out good work group.

Readings

I am just now getting caught up on my post for this week. I have to say I agree with the notion the internet is making us less logical. you have only to browse the youtube section of popular videos to see the result of internets presence.  I will admit that the argument relating to the storage of knowledge is a particularly compelling one. I do appreciate the knowledge aspect of the internet. I can access musical scores from composers in Australia. That’s the one part of the web  I do full heartedly support. Social media has its benefits as well so that people may stay current, and up-to-date. the problems of the internet are everyone is commenter. The other problem is people do not take everything seriously because bombarded with information or misinformation.  I think google is making us less self reliant, because all we have to do is search. The internet is a remarkable research tool, but it can be used for so much more. The key for future generations is going to be how to moderate use. This way you have the best of research without the worst of YouTube.

Digital Readings

I went through all of the sites that I could access for the digital Identity readings for Tuesdays class. I found several factors that I already knew of to a certain degree. One being that what ever is on the web is permanent. I have always respected this and never really put much in the way of personal information on the web. I had a Facebook, but I always felt like its was better not to post information on that might be interpreted as meaning something else. The Will Richardson article suggest that a willingness to share is the essential building blocks for someone to “Google able .” This means posting on blogs or finding ways to interact with your audience online. I thought this was particularly good in that it reminds us as digital historians to constantly think about the ways in which we interact. I read with great interest the Ratliff article intrigued me greatly. This author tried to disappear completely without leaving any trace of him self behind. This article I think is incredible relevant to todays society. Back in the time before the internet there were ways to disappear, although one always took the risk of being spotted by some person or person(s). Today in the digital age where ever thing is traceable to a certain extent disappearing is almost impossible. The neat thing about this article is the technology used to locate him. Private detectives used Twitter to correspond, and find out information about Ratliff posting almost 600 posts a day with information about him. I think this article brings up an important dilemma of the technical age. Our lives more and more are lived in part on the web, and the parts not lived on the web are impacted by the web to a certain degree. Evan Ratliff proved its almost impossible to live without someone being able to find out where you are eventually. The 5,000 dollar reward was enough incentive to leed to his discovery.  I checked out the Catlin Murphy website. I really liked how she set up her site it looks very professional, but at the same time personal. I think that its really well developed as far as content. She put the abstract to her Senior thesis on the site, which after reading seems really interesting.  Overall I really like how set up here site I think its attractive aesthetically to the viewer. I learned that its not just about the context of your site to viewer its also to a great deal about aesthetics. I further checked out Professor McClurken’s Site, which I am not ashamed to say that I have  seen many times. This time I looked more at the actual mechanics of the site. I examined professional experience, which I thought was constructed in a manor that was outstanding. I think the site is very navigational, and the viewer can find easily the information they are looking for. I think what I took away from this second look at Professor McClurken’s site is that organization of information is crucial, so that the viewer of the site knows easily where to find what they are looking for. All in all the sites I viewed were very well written, and more importantly well constructed for convenience of the viewer.  That is something I wont our group site to express.

Resume Link and other matters

Here is a link to my resume http://www.rvesthist.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Resume.pdf

Progress will be updated tomorrow in group presentations. I just wanted to take this time to congratulate our progress so far. I know we are far from finished, but I think we have a really good start. Great job team. I really am looking forward to the finished product, and I think its going to be something built to last. So I will see you guys tomorrow, and keep up the hard work to those involved.

Resume and other matters

I have uploaded my current and most up to date resume to my site. I also wanted to give a brief update on the progress from my side of things. I am still ahead of schedule, and should be done with the last scrap book with time to spare. Its been a journey to work on the scrap books. Its so strange to hold something so delicate and brittle in your hands. for those who have yet to scan there documents be forewarned some of the older documents you must treat like they are you own children. I have had some issues with some items decaying to a certain degree, and this is with me wearing the gloves and being ever so delicate. I have now switched to using a backing material to help me more easily lift the objects in and out of the scanner. I chose this after talking with Miss Parsons about it. So far it is working much better, and is so much easier to help you flip when dealing with double sided pages. So it all depends on what you are scanning photos seem to hold up the best, but working with them should require the use of gloves or delicacy. I send this out as general info for groups that have yet to begin their scanning work. Other updates I will disperse tomorrow in the presentation. Until then best of luck to all who will go on the scanning quest.

Digital Idenity Websites Review

I went through all of the sites that I could access for the digital Identity readings for Tuesdays class. I found several factors that I already knew of to a certain degree. One being that what ever is on the web is permanent. I have always respected this and never really put much in the way of personal information on the web. I had a Facebook, but I always felt like its was better not to post information on that might be interpreted as meaning something else. The Will Richardson article suggest that a willingness to share is the essential building blocks for someone to “Google able .” This means posting on blogs or finding ways to interact with your audience online. I thought this was particularly good in that it reminds us as digital historians to constantly think about the ways in which we interact. I read with great interest the Ratliff article intrigued me greatly. This author tried to disappear completely without leaving any trace of him self behind. This article I think is incredible relevant to todays society. Back in the time before the internet there were ways to disappear, although one always took the risk of being spotted by some person or person(s). Today in the digital age where ever thing is traceable to a certain extent disappearing is almost impossible. The neat thing about this article is the technology used to locate him. Private detectives used Twitter to correspond, and find out information about Ratliff posting almost 600 posts a day with information about him. I think this article brings up an important dilemma of the technical age. Our lives more and more are lived in part on the web, and the parts not lived on the web are impacted by the web to a certain degree. Evan Ratliff proved its almost impossible to live without someone being able to find out where you are eventually. The 5,000 dollar reward was enough incentive to leed to his discovery.  I checked out the Catlin Murphy website. I really liked how she set up her site it looks very professional, but at the same time personal. I think that its really well developed as far as content. She put the abstract to her Senior thesis on the site, which after reading seems really interesting.  Overall I really like how set up here site I think its attractive aesthetically to the viewer. I learned that its not just about the context of your site to viewer its also to a great deal about aesthetics. I further checked out Professor McClurken’s Site, which I am not ashamed to say that I have  seen many times. This time I looked more at the actual mechanics of the site. I examined professional experience, which I thought was constructed in a manor that was outstanding. I think the site is very navigational, and the viewer can find easily the information they are looking for. I think what I took away from this second look at Professor McClurken’s site is that organization of information is crucial, so that the viewer of the site knows easily where to find what they are looking for. All in all the sites I viewed were very well written, and more importantly well constructed for convenience of the viewer.  That is something I wont our group site to express.