Final Project

Your final project will build on one of the three units from the course. Which one is up to you. Choose one of the following options:

Unit 1: Primary and Secondary digital sources.

Write a historiography that examines the digital research and digital resources in a particular area of history. Aim to identify the leading digital projects in your space, some of the primary resources available, both in academic monographs and in other sources online. Length should be 10-15 pages, negotiable on subject matter.

Unit 2: Digital Methods

Apply some of the digital methods we’ve discussed and implemented in class (textual analysis, GIS, data visualization, etc.) on a historical source for which they are well suited. Describe your findings, and include both a short white paper (which may be a series of blog posts or something similar) and a more formal writeup of your findings which puts them into conversation with some non-digital literature. As with any historiographical essay, you should identify the major trends in research, identify their shortcomings or most promising aspects, and chart out some possibilities for future research.

Unit 3: Digital Storytelling

Build an online exhibit uniting digital artifacts and some form of online storytelling. This might be a web exhibition of your own design; it might also be an Omeka or WordPress site. In addition to presenting a menagerie of historical artifacts, be sure to present some sort of narrative framework as well. (For example, if you are using Omeka, include well-formatted Dublin Core metadata in the base exhibition: but also include some museum exhibitions suitable for bringing historical insight to a public audience).

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