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    Omeka

    I have made a very informative and interactive webpage on Insane Asylums in America using omeka. Please enjoy visiting the webpage at American Insane Asylums

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    Creating Maps

    Learning how to create these different maps has been an interesting journey to say the least. Some more difficult than others, but I do have say that Google Maps and Story Maps are by far the most fun to create. Making these maps really peaked my interest, as someone with ADHD I tend to lose focus on a topic quite fast. Being hands on an learning how to create these has help substantially. Not to mention as a reader or an audience member looking at an interactive or moving map would peak my interest. Richard White wrote,  “Digital history allows the exploitation of kinds of evidence and data bases that would…

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    Text-mining

    I honestly did not know where to begin with text mining. I had never done this before this class. I was so grateful that my professor provided, “Where to start with text mining.” by Ted Underwood as some prep reading. I learned that larger works do better with text mining due to the quantitative analysis. Ted Underwood goes on to say, “Quantitative analysis starts to make things easier only when we start working on a scale where it’s impossible for a human reader to hold everything in memory.” So for my skills assessment I chose to work with one of my favorite books, The Catcher in the Rye. In the…

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    Open Access or Copyright?

    Unless you have legal documentation of something you own, you can’t own it. That is why copyright laws were invented. So the hard work of writers, creators, photographers, etc. would not be taken and used as someone else’s without given due credit or compensation. Therefore, the only ones that owned something in the digital past put their mark on it. As Cohen and Rosenwig stated, “Noah Webster, who was trying to protect the revenues flowing from his best-selling American Spelling Book, successfully lobbied the Connecticut State Legislature to pass the new nation’s first copyright law in 1783.”  Webster did not want to share his profits or his work with anyone else.…

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    Research Process Old and New

    Research has never been my strong suite in the writing world. Well in reality writing never really was either. But it wasn’t until several years into my college education that I started to get good at researching.  Before when I was in high school and my earlier years in college I would just choose any website that would help me get the job done. I never took the time to look carefully at the website and see how credible it was. I didn’t think to ask questions in regards to where the information from these websites were coming from. As Jim Cullen writes on page 31 of his book Essaying…

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    Digital Projects and My Own Work

    We were instructed today during class to investigate a website, so that way we may look at the pros and cons of the source to use it as a stepping stone for our own projects in the near future. So, I weeded through a lengthy list that was provided to us and picked out the website titled The Lost Museum. The title of this website drew me, because I was curious about what could make a museum lost? After I clicked on the link, it took me into the website and the first thing that caught my attention was the video that played. Me, being the visual learner that I am,…

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    The Boycott That is Still Making you Think….

    Letter from Robinson to the Mayor:How long before Rosa Parks’ arrest was this letter written?Roughly a year in a half before she was arrested. Why do you think Robinson reminds the mayor that three-fourths of the bus riders in Montgomery are African American?  What is her intention?To insure the mayor knows that most of the profits come from African Americans and without it they would not be operational. Given this document, agree or disagree with the following phrase, “Rosa Parks caused the Montgomery Bus Boycott.” Explain your position.She didn’t necessarily cause it, she just helped influence something that was already needing and wanting to be done. Members of the African…

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    What Definition do I Give to History?

    Personally, I define history as anything having to do with our pasts whether personally or worldly. While most people will only look at the significant things that have occurred throughout time and define that as “history” because let’s face it, they were historical events, I look at history on a broader term. Basically I view history as anything that isn’t happening in the now, but that as something that has happened in the past. Everyone and everything in the world has a background or history and the more we get into those backgrounds the more our knowledge with expand. History isn’t certain, and everyone’s history is different, but unless we…

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