Week 3

September 20th, 2015

Week 3 Tuesday

Starting from this week, we will explore humanities visualization projects in a collaborative way. Each of you is assigned to a group (as below) and each group given specific projects to explore. When we convene in class, each group will introduce their projects to other groups with a short demo.
Group 1: Jaquelin, Courtney, CJ, Hunter, Brian
Group 2: Amy, Elise Loving, Alexandra, Chris, Anne
Group 3: Emerson, Cale, Richard, Talia
Group 4: Nicole, Andrew, Elise Weilandt, Maddie

Re: Exploration & Reading Assignments:

1. Everyone explores GapVis: Google Ancient Places (Set 1), plus a project from Set 2 assigned to the group you belong to.

2. Short Presentations: Starting from this week you will take turns to give short 3- to 5-minute presentations in class on specific online projects.

Presenters of this Tuesday are Jaquelin and Hunter. Choose your favorite story map from ESRI Story Map Gallery and give a short presentation in class. Explain in your presentation what story the map tells, how it tells the story, and what you learn from it.

3. Read the assigned articles “Cartography I” and “Framing the Days.” In the context of the above readings, consider the following questions while you explore the online projects:

a) In what ways does cartography intersect with narratives?
b) Each map tells a story. What story does each map tell? How does the map tell it? (That is, by analogy to texts, what is the “vocabulary” and “grammar” a map uses to tell a story?)
c) Maps, timelines, and texts all use different ways of telling stories. How do their respective ways of telling stories shape the stories they tell?
d) Suppose you were Margaret Wickens Pearce. Where do you think these projects fall short? And what advice would you give for improvements?

Getting prepared for the lab:


Week 3 Thursday

Re: Exploration & Reading Assignments:

  1. Read the assigned book chapters. Explore Lies and Computers, Cut-Ups, & Combinatory Volvelles. What is hypertext? In what ways is it different from the “traditional text”? Does it give us better reading experience?(Tips: In Lies, click “Begin…” to start reading. On the following screens, choose either “Truth” or “Lies” to proceed until you reach the end of the story. Read Lies at least twice by choosing different paths and see how the meaning of the story changes.)
  2. Explore Neatline Exhibits. Pick your favorite and look closely at it. Consider what story the exhibit tells and how it tells. As a platform of storytelling, Neatline offers benefits and presents challenges for its viewers in much the same way hypertext does its readers. How does your favorite exhibit leverage these benefits and meet these challenges?
  3. Short presentations: Presenters today are Courtney and Brian. Choose your favorite exhibit from Neatline Exhibits and give a short presentation in class. Address the above questions in your presentation.
  4. [Optional] Explore A Closer Look at the Inaugural Ceremony and The Qingming Scroll. What improvements would you suggest for these projects?

Getting prepared for the lab:

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