Assignment #5: Social Network Mapping, Part I: Scraping Data from Dissenting Academies Online

For our exercise in social network mapping, we’ll use the cloud service Kumu (if you haven’t set up an account yet, do so now). Kumu is a good tool to use for exploring and showing connections among people, concepts, etc.

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Assignment #4: From Zotero to a Map

Note: In this exercise, we’re taking a problem (“How do I put a bunch of library catalog records on a map?”) and breaking it down into several smaller steps. We’re going to end up moving back and forth among a couple of different tools, and using each one to complete one particular part of the larger problem. This can end up being a little confusing, but I’ve tried to describe each of these steps deliberately. Take it one step at a time…

Step 0: Installation

Before you begin: I’m assuming you’ve installed Zotero and the English Short Title Catalogue site translators, that you’ve installed Open Refine, and that you have a Google Drive account.
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Maps Using Google Fusion Tables

This tutorial aims to help students create a simple map using Google Fusion Tables. Google Fusion Tables is an online data management application that enables you to share and publish data on the web. It also allows you to visualize this data in different ways, including in various charts and maps. Ease of use aside, the greatest benefit of creating a map with Fusion Table is that the application allows you to utilize the functions and information found in Google Maps.

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Assignment # 3: Timeline JS

This week you will have the opportunity to present the “life story” of a book in the form of a timeline!

Students will choose a book in their university library (or their private collection) that contains marks of provenance (i.e. evidence of former ownership or use including marginalia, book plates, signatures of former owners, vandalism, etc.). They will then conduct research in an effort to identify former users. Finally students will use Knight Lab’s innovative program TimelineJS to present their research. Each timeline will serve as a narrative of the book’s “life.” Continue reading “Assignment # 3: Timeline JS”

Assignment #2: Blog Post for Thursday, January 26

For Thursday, we’d like you to spend some time examining an old book from your university’s collection—preferably a book from the “hand-press era” (i.e., before about 1820)—with an eye towards perceiving the kinds of details that can give us some insight into the book’s manufacture. You might revisit the oldest book in the collection that you identified last week, or turn to a different one that catches your fancy. Continue reading “Assignment #2: Blog Post for Thursday, January 26”

Assignment #1: Blog post for Thursday, January 19

Note: Please post this to your individual blog by 8pm on Wednesday, January 18th so that everyone has time to read the other students’ posts.

To prepare for this first blog post, you should make an appointment with your university’s archivist or special collections librarian—you’ll need at least a half hour of their time, and perhaps more, so be sure to plan ahead.

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