Final Project

28 Feb

Final Projects

The purpose of your final project is to use the skills that you have developed in this course to produce a well crafted digital history project. You have already chosen one of two options:

1. Students taking this course for “U.S. credit” should complete Project 1: Voices from the Waterways.

2. Students taking this course for “non-US credit” should complete Project 2: Travels in Asia Minor.

 

Project 1: Voices from the Waterways (VfW): Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) Steering Committee Interviews

Outputs:

  1. Provide Metadata in XML format for all podcasts
  2. Bundle each sound file and supplementary materials with the metadata in ZIP files and upload these to our Google Drive.
    • Labels for these should be as follows: YEAR-MO-DY-vfw_row_steering_lastname_firstname (the year, month, day should be the date of the interview. Be sure to use lower case).
  3. Create a digital oral history narrative on ROW for the VfW website

Minimum Requirements for the Oral History Narrative

  • The Oral History Narrative will tell a story about the history of ROW
  • While each student may work on a separate part of the project, the overall narrative must be cohesive. So, the group should provide some kind if introductory section that explains the project and frames each section
  • Each contributor should provide 1250-1500 words
  • Each contributor should cite at least 4 oral histories
  • Using Soundcloud, each contributor should embed at least one audio file into the presentation that elucidates the narrative
  • Each contributor should embed at least two visual elements
  • Each piece should use at least two primary (in addition to the oral histories) and three secondary sources
  • You should include your full name on any objects that you have created for the website.

Helpful Hints

  • The best projects will have a core research question that is clear to the reader.
  • Use the rubrics that I have provided on the website to guide your design and writing.
  • Remember, this project is for a public audience who will want to see it as soon as the project is complete, so be sure to make it as professional as possible.

Bonus Credit

  • While I have assigned minimum requirements, I will provide extra credit for going above and beyond. So, if you integrate other digital elements into your project (e.g. interactive timelines, interactive maps, visualizations), I will take this into account when completing your grade.

Project 2: Travels in Asia Minor (TAM)

Outputs:

  1. Create a KML map of TAM
    • The KML map will note every location and historical object mentioned in TAM
    • Each location and object will be given a date stamp (YEAR-MO-DY) or date range
    • Each location and object will be given a geographical position (latitude, longitude)
    • Each location and object will include the text and page number from which it was extracted
  2. Create a Gazeteer for TAM that includes TAM place name (and variations); Ancient place name (and variations); Modern place name (and variations); longitude; latitude
  3. Narrative sketches of major places described in TAM

Minimum Requirements for the Oral History Narrative

  • Each contributor should provide a 1250-1500 word narrative that contextualizes a major location on the map, associating it with the history of archaeology
  • Each narrative should use at least two primary and three secondary sources
  • You should include your full name on any objects that you have created.

Helpful Hints

  • Use the rubrics that I have provided on the website to guide your design and writing.
  • Remember, this project will eventually be available for a public audience, so accuracy is a necessity.

Bonus Credit

  • While I have assigned minimum requirements, I will provide extra credit for going above and beyond. So, if you integrate other digital elements into your project (e.g. interactive timelines or visualizations), I will take this into account when completing your grade.
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