Monday, November 17, 2014

#dietDH 03

Digital History A guide to Gathering, Preserving, an Presenting the Past on the Web by Daniel Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig is the final reading of #dietDH reading/ discussion group for the fall semester at the University of Delaware. Digital History offers practical goals and recommendations for "online" projects and collaborations. While the focus of Digital History are the genres of history based digital projects, the chapter topics relate to the main foundations for "online" projects and users of the site.
           Currently, I have an interest in the preserving or archiving chapter. Similar to Historians, I am concerned with the longevity aspect for my Internet-based project and have been reevaluating my methods for web construction and surviving future technical changes. 

Digital History is a book and the authors offer an online version of the text

Monday, November 10, 2014

Recent Reading...

Free Clip from

For this recent reading blog post, I have just begun the reading for a special week long series on the National Public Radio website entitled: color decoded: stories that span the spectrum. The series will explore color from various studies ranging from scientific to cultural research. I am very interested in the upcoming  articles that will go into more detail about color in our daily lives. I am sure there will be some influence for the next addition to my Interaction with Color Collection. 

 Read the first NPR article to begin the color decoded series: Whether Green With Envy Or Tickled Pink: We Live In A Color-Coded World.

 View the Interaction with Color Collection on the collection project website.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Omitted Video Clip

          While working on the new additions for the Interaction with Color Collection, my experience in the process of creating one of the video clips brought my attention to the specific sense of smell and the relation with video in representing it. Recently, I have been focusing my research in the direction of the senses to the relationship of video.
            My first intentions with the white bread being toasted video clip was to document the process of using an electric toaster. I wanted to represent the plain white bread being ejected from the toaster with various shades of browns to be included in the Interaction with Color Collection.
            I have actually been working on the video clip in various stages and angles of the shot. I have been considering that the actual “toasting” or changing color of the white bread all happens within the toaster. This is as important as the human interaction of pushing the lever down to lower the bread in the toaster and beginning the process. I will go into more detail about these stages in a future blog post that will introduce the next new additions to the Smell Collection.
Still Image from Toasting Bread Video Clip
I omitted the toaster video clip from the October 2014 Recent Additions of the Interaction with Color Collection to be included as a food consideration for the next additions of the Smell Collection. While the video clip does work for both collections, I want to avoid redundancies in the collection project and consider the supportive concepts for the appropriate collection theme.

Monday, November 3, 2014

#dietDH 02

         Miriam Posner’s video presentation of How Did They Make That? The Video! is today’s topic for dietDH reading/ discussion group at the University of Delaware. The content of the video presentation is how to conceptually break down projects presented on the Internet. Miriam Posner offers her field guide of patterns in presentations of projects and three main concepts for looking at projects, while including project examples and video interviews she conducted with humanities scholars. 
            As I watched the section about the three main concepts for looking at projects, I realized Posner’s choice of terms related not only to the digital aspects of a project, but also traditional methods from the humanities disciplines. Posner’s terms are sources, processed, and presentation. In relation to digital projects, sources is the data or “what stuff” the project/ research is about. Posner describes the term processed with the manner that the source becomes machine readable as in digitally manipulated or how it is analyzed. The third term presented relates to how the source becomes viewable to an Internet audience and searchable on the web.
            I also considered the three terms with one of the first week’s dietDH readings by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, The Humanities, Done Digitally. Fitzpatrick’s interest in the making and interpreting, along with how digital materials bridge the separation between disciplines called for an exploration of how scholarship is communicated. Refer back to my October 202014 blog post for Fitzpatrick’s essay. Posner’s three terms for looking at projects could be implemented with communicating research on a broader level. 

View Miriam Posner’s Video Presentation.