Lisa M’s Digital History Blog

“National honor is the national property of the highest value.” James Monroe
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JMPW Contract Update and Other Outstanding Items

Filed under: 471C3,Digital History,James Monroe Papers February 9, 2008 @ 1:08 pm

Well it is the end of week 4, and the clouds are starting to dissipate. 

  • Got through the initial draft of the contract on Wednesday
  • Thursday the group started their review and provided comments.  The contract is helping to illuminate areas of confusion and is serving as a tool to organize our efforts. 
  • Andrea emailed Jerry to schedule a tutorial appointment
  • I emailed Dr. Preston to schedule an appointment to review our format and concept approach
  • Dr. Preston has responded back and confirmed the appointment on Tuesday, February 19th at 3:30 p.m. in his office. 
  • I do not believe that a response has been received from Jerry confirming a date or time.  Andrea has since mentioned that she has a conflicting commitment that will prevent her from meeting with Jerry.
  • Presented Flow Chart (SmartDraw) of JMPW to the group.  This same approach can be taken with the James Monroe Group Project Website.

Action Items for week of February 11th

  • Complete contract and submit to Dr. McClurken by February 12th.
  • Devise a work availability schedule, which will facilitate scheduling work, meetings, and appointments.
  • Create a flow chart for the JM group website
  • Create a work breakdown structure, which will identify tasks in association with schedule, which will support the milestone schedule specified in the contract
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James Monroe Paper Website Contract

Filed under: 471C3,Digital History,James Monroe Papers February 6, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

Finished preliminary draft of contract for website, which included all Dr. Preston’s specifications, and posted it on google docs for the rest of the group to review.  I’m not sure how to submit milestones.  I’m thinking that the timeline might be a good way of presenting it, but it depends on whether we can acclimate ourselves to the new technology quick enough.  The rest of the group will review and come back with their comments.

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James Monroe Paper Update for week of Feb. 4, 2008

Filed under: 471C3,Digital History,James Monroe Papers February 5, 2008 @ 10:51 am

Patrick and Jerry conducted class today and covered some additional options in Omeka and google documents.  I spoke to Patrick before class expressing the problems that I was experiencing with some of the timelines that I had been experimenting with; namely, the date criteria required completion of the date in the form of mm/dd/yyyy, and a number of events in the chronology of James Monroe’s life do not fit this format.  Patrick demonstrated a timesheet in google docs that is the foundation for a timeline.  The structure within this software allows the flexibility that we need to construct the timeline.

In a discussion with Jerry, it was established that the JM group would not be creating a website separate from the UMW website.  Jerry told us that he will be setting up a tutorial session with the four of us to discuss and demonstrate a program called “Contribute.”  It is our understanding that we will be responsible for the content that goes into the site and the actual setup.  This program option takes into consideration that Dr. Preston will not have the manpower to update and maintain the website upon this course’s completion, and it would allow Dr. Preston to update and modify the website with a minimal amount of effort in the future.

We discussed the creation of our project contract, which is due to Dr. McClurken, on February 12th.  I will draft a contract, which will be posted on google docs by Feb. 7th, and the other members of the group are responsible for reviewing and editing it by Friday, February 8th.  This contract will incorporate the guidelines established in the Digital History course outline and the criteria established by Dr. Daniel Preston.  I am debating on the best method in presenting the milestones of the project.  I may attempt to utilize the timeline program to accomplish the milestone task. 

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JM Papers Update

Filed under: 471C3,James Monroe Papers February 2, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

The group got together this week and began discussing the tools, and the application to our project.  At this point I can visualize using WordPress to accommodate the parent page (I hope that is the right term) with Omeka supporting it.  I’ve looked at several different timelines, but I think the group needs to discuss the options.  Kelly created an Omeka site, which will be used to collect the documents and photographs needed.  

At this point in time, Prof. Preston specified that he would like to use the image that appears on the cover of the printed volumes for the website.  He also specified that he would like to use the images of JM Papers vol. 1 and 2 covers as icons for separate links, which would decribe each volume.  I was going to scan the chronological data in each volume for our timeline, but Prof. Preston says that he has it in a file, which he will forward to us.  Upon receipt of all of these photos and documents, I intend on placing them in the Omeka file that Kelly created.

The JM Website group briefly discussed the creation of a contract, but did not discuss specifics.  I am going to suggest that we each post our ideas on the separate blog.

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Emily Chang – Timeline

Filed under: Digital History,James Monroe Papers January 27, 2008 @ 10:50 pm

Wow… 108 pages to browse.  After browsing through six or seven pages, I opted to search for a tool related to timelines. Our group is responsible for developing the James Monroe Papers Website, which requires that we create an electronically-linked timeline of Monroe’s life and family.  I viewed several of the sample timelines to determine the level of capability.  By clicking on a specific event within the timeline it opens a separate text box, which provides additional detail to the event.  This site provided an example to consider and explained some timeline basics.

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Filed under: Uncategorized January 21, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

Hi… my name is Lisa Meissner, and I am a senior majoring in history at UMW.  I previously attended Kennesaw State University in Georgia, but life changes dictated a move to Virginia.   I am particulary interested in 18th and 19th century American history and enjoy the challenge of research.  I have always utilized computers in some fashion, but I am finding myself challenged trying to maneuver at this point in time.  It is my hope that this class will provide me with the confidence and ability to continue exploring concepts in digital history.

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James Monroe Papers Website

Filed under: Digital History,James Monroe Papers January 21, 2008 @ 8:01 pm

Well…this is an attempt at posting to my blog.  Our group, namely those working on the James Monroe Papers Website, met in class the other day to discuss the project.  Our first task was to survey other digital history websites to determine what we like and what we do not like.  Talya has already created a separate blog, which our group will use to share ideas and post other websites.  Prof. Preston will be visiting the class this week to discuss the project, so this will provide some details that are needed to proceed.  I will be bringing in a volume of the Monroe papers, so the ladies can familiarize themselves with some of the documents.