Final Project Description


All registered students in DH101 are required to register for one of the workshop sections. More than half of the grade for this class will be based on the work on creating the Critical Resource Site, the final project for the course. The workshops will continue the topics covered in lectures by focusing on the conceptual development your individual/group projects, thinking through the concepts by building various components of the design, and learning various digital tools to produce a work of digital scholarship.

The goal of the workshop is to provide a hands-on experience of making a digital project that demonstrates basic understanding of organization, classification, design, navigation, critical judgment, scholarly assessment, and research skills.


Workshop sessions will each have its own focus, application and exercises. The outcomes of these sessions are designed to be finished cumulatively by the end of the course as the final project. The progress will be evaluated throughout the quarter either via submission or scheduled design meetings. Submissions may include html, wireframing a homepage, database sketch, classification, digital mapping, and etc.

Final Project: Critical Resource Site

You may work individually or as a group (3 max) to create a site on a topic that offers an overview and analysis as a collection of resources for the topic. Imagine that you’re creating an encyclopedia entry, but visually rich, multimedia and updated to reflect how information is produced and shared in our digital environment. Many parts of your topic will be told through various means: digital exhibits; digital maps; text analysis and visualization, network analysis and classification schemes—all accompanied by your writing that describes all of these components.

Project Ideas:

Because of the cumulative nature of the final project, students are strongly encourage to establish groups and topics early in the quarter. Topics should be chosen with consultation by the instructor. Students are also encouraged to develop digital editions or companions to their prior academic or creative work (term papers, essays or art projects) through this course. Some Possible Projects: history of a community, biographical themes, a current event narrated through data and visuals, study of a cultural/social phenomena, etc.

Project must be related to your own field of study and should be specific – in other words, you may write about the way the Occupy Wall Street project uses social media, but you may not write about How Social Media Are Changing the World. Your topic must be bounded, linked to a particular object, event, occurrence, person, historical event, theme, discovery, artifact (the Vinlandia map, Galileo’s first editions, the influence of Roger Bacon, the writing and passage of the Civil Rights Law, ecological effects of the Canyon Fire).

Remember to consider what materials and data are available for your topic to be sure that the topic is appropriate for digital work. The students are encouraged to discuss resources with the instructor.

The group projects will have higher expectations in terms of production. Also, individual projects are expected to demonstrate all aspects of the course as expected in group projects. Given the flexibility of the project format, the instructor will establish clear expectations for deliverables with each project.

Project Schedule:

Week 1-3: decide on a topic; form a group or work individually; assessment of available materials (images, documents, data, other media); basic outline of content.
Week 4-5: Proposal Presentation—assess conceptual and technical choices so far.
Week 6-8: Build components—exhibits, maps, visualization, etc.
Week 9-10: Gather and organize components and develop a ‘statement’ about the topic and about the project itself. Each project must be submitted as a single webpage (blog, wiki or html site) that contains all parts.
Final: Presentation


Technical Design:

Your project must display properly in the browser, all links must work, all navigation must work, and all files must be “found” by the application and load properly.

Intellectual Design: Your final project must contain the following elements:

– Mission statement about your project
– An organized and structured interface including navigation elements
– A well-structured classification system for your site (topics, themes, parts of the argument)
– Additional analogue or media elements (images, graphics, video/film, maps, data visualization, or sketch up)
– A statement about intellectual property (citation policy)
– A critical digital essay synthesizing research on your topic presented in digital form.

Weekly Schedule:

1) html: basic exercises.
Assessment: parse/fail

2) Interface: basic design organization (front page, links, other elements)
Assessment: legibility, navigation, organization of files

3) Classification: Omeka execises
Assessment: intellectual structure, file structure, description and interpretation

4) Database: database sketch
Assessment: understanding of logical relations of contents


6) Visualization: ManyEyes and other data/text analysis; visualization
Assessment: Enriching arguments and data through visualization
Understanding the logic of visualization choices

7) Narration/
Interpretation: Omeka Exhibits
Assessment: Effective presentation of materials and ideas
Integration of narrative form and the argument

8) Mapping : digital mapping in google maps, google earth and skethcup
Assessment: How well does this integrate, what type of map did you use, how does it match the materials you are presenting, what dimensions does it add, is it anachronistic or is it suitable to the research questions?

9) Open Lab: Final phase of development

10) Completion: create checklist of parts, tasks and related concepts

Assessment: Final Assessment

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