Archive for February, 2008

WIKI Pages

So I have looked at a few wikipedia pages that regard historical figures. I feel like history has a lot to do with major events etc…but I love studying the people more. So the first site I looked at was a Queen Victoria Wikipedia page. I was really interested to take a look at the dicussion page! In the pop culture section, an editor pointed out that everything seems to trivial and there is not a lot of biograpghical info on Queen Victoria. I thought that was an excellent point. There are so many sources out there on Queen Victoria (believe me I have lots!) and it was nice for someone to mention that! There were also mega debates over her name. Whether she should be called monarch, queen, Alexandra Victoria. These seem to be really insignificant when scanning the discussions, but when I think about it- these details are crucial! We have to think carefully about every word we are to publish on a website…maybe something to think about. The history tab was also something important to take a look at. The most recent was a proposal to change her name….that debate has been taking so long that there are no new changes since Feb. 3
I also took a look at the Battle of Bull Run. In the discussion tabs there was also a dispute of names and nicknames of the battle and proposals of new names. There was also a section of clarification for the purpose of the battle and questions over the strategic moves of the battle. When looking at the history section of the wiki page- there is a lot of DRAMA! Someone cussed an editor out and then the wiki page reffered it back to the previous so the profanity was taken  out… Um it is just a battle! 🙂
A final history page I looked at was the wiki page of James Monroe. In the discussion section there was a variation of pros and cons. Some said there were not enough citations and people were confused of where sources came from. This is an extremely important factor that both the offical JMP website and our own website needs to take into consideration. I really want our group to keep a running list of sources just so it is not so overwhelming at the end. Others were picky over little words like secretary of state. This is another example of how specific the web content needs to be. The history page reviewed different proposals for change. The last update was Feb 8.

I think it is extremely important to look at the discussion pages and I have never thought to look at them before. People are constantly updating and challenging over the content of the wiki pages. Also, the continuous editing and updating is quite interesting. I think that looking at the pages make me realize that content is really really important. I do not want anyone challening the info we put on our sites…so we need to be mindful of that!

Published in:Digital History, exploring the technology, interent, wiki |on February 18th, 2008 |2 Comments »

A Fear of Blogging and A Fear of this Project

Hello all,

how long has it been…like 3 weeks!? Well to be honest, blogging has been on my mind for a while. I am actually quite nervous what to write and what to write about. So I am just going to start writing about the project.

This project has made me do a double take. First of all, we went from 1 to 2 websites…I do not think that is a huge deal. But that is more work to do and more sources of technology to figure out. Why did I even choose this project as my first pick!? Well, I liked the idea of James Monroe because I have studied him in the past- also I love looking at historic documents. I really got into that in my 299 class. I am actually doing the same for European Diplomatic history this semester. My research essay is taking a look at Queen Victoria and the peaceful diplomacy she attempted to keep between countries with the marriage of different monarchies. It is a great research essay. This project however, is giving me nightmares!

Our group at the moment is really taking to use google docs. Everything we do to communicate with eachother is through google docs and email. I wish we could just actually meet more. I feel like we get so much more done when we are in class for fifteen minutes than we do when we are trying to do it over the internet and when we are seperate. I am not blaming anyone- I am just saying it would be more time efficient in my opinion. As a double major in theatre and history- it is fair to say I am a lot more in the theatre realm than the history one. I play such a large part in the theatre department. I am the marketing and communications assitant for the department, currently in main stage show, and taking an intense 400 level course where we are to create a digital story after our 2 week trip to New York during spring break. Yes, I would love to be a curator of a museum and be surrounded by thousands of archives and artifacts- but this is not my passion. I find it hard to juggle both history and theatre…If I am not in Monroe…My head is in theatre. (Except when I am doing history homework).

This project is stressing me out. I think about it a lot…but I feel helpless in what I can bring to the table. I am great with digital media(my brother and I always made movies and did the youtube and windows media player thing)…but uploading documents and creating a structure for a website is making me nervous. The JMP group seems to be talking about everything but we are not starting yet. It is making me nervous. I really want to go on Omeka and start creating one of the websites..but because this is a group project it is taking time to get the websites on their feet. I do not want everyone to think that our group project is a disaster…but I have had a lot of these nerves and feelings for a long time and that is why I did not want to blog. Yea, i want to discuss the tools and the research…but I needed to get this off my chest.

Published in:Digital History, problems |on February 17th, 2008 |3 Comments »

I forgot to click publish….

O well, I started and finished my blog for this weekend’s assignment– but I did not publish it….here is the blog from this weekend!

I really liked the website we were sent to. I especially thought that  UberNote was a cool source that is on the internet. It is an internet browser where you can manage your notes and get your notes from anywhere. This is good when you are unable to access your own computer but are able to get your notes from anywhere.

I think UberNotes could be really useful for our James Monroe project. It would be a way for all of us to gather our notes on the web and communicate. This seems to me quite similar to google docs…but just a little more specified.

Published in:Digital History, exploring the technology |on February 5th, 2008 |Comments Off on I forgot to click publish….