Week 2: Tools

Project Charter

Post your project charter to the DSSF19 website by 9 am, Friday, June 18. Use the Project Charter category.

Monday, June 14

9:30–10am: Monday Check-In

10am–Noon: Inside the Black Box: HTML, CSS, and WordPress Workshop

Today, we will take a look at the basic building blocks of any website: HTML and CSS. We will pull apart a few websites to see what makes them tick. Then, we will take a look at WordPress, a content management system that powers over 1/3 of the world’s websites. Today’s session is not going to teach you how to code, but it will give you some experience thinking through what makes websites work.

Before the Workshop

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Tuesday, June 15

10am–Noon: Optional Office Hours

Register to get the Zoom link: https://libcal.gettysburg.edu/event/7926302

Drop in at any time during these two hours if you’d like to talk more about specific tools or topics we’ve covered recently. Digital Scholarship Committee members will be available to answer questions or help troubleshoot any issues you’re experiencing.

Wednesday, June 16

10am–Noon: Mapping Workshop

Digital maps allow us to visualize data spatially, in modern, historical, and even fantastical constructs. Generally, digital mapping can be divided between narrative maps, that is, maps that follow a path and tell a story, and data-driven maps, or maps that are focused on visualizing various large sets of data (such as GIS). Today we will focus  on maps that tell narratives using the ArcGIS Story Maps and Knight Lab StoryMapJS tools.

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Thursday, June 17

10am–Noon: Timeline Workshop

Just as maps allow us to visualize data spatially, timelines are a way to visualize chronological events that occur in a linear fashion, but perhaps more importantly, show us how to conceptualize a linear progression of time as points of data. We will be looking at one tool specifically, TimelineJS. Note: for this session, you will need to have a  Google account (you do not need a Gmail address).

Before the Workshop

  • Review the DH Toolkit Tutorial for TimelineJS
  • Use this Google Form to create an event in time. The event can be anything, but at the very least, fill out the year, headline, text, and media elements on the form. Feel free to add things to the other form as well.
  • Watch this video on time (22:01) (no activities involved).

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Friday, June 18

9:30–10am: Weekly Updates and Planning

10am–Noon: Scalar Workshop

Scalar is a free, open source content management system and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar works differently than WordPress and Omeka, in that it is an interconnected “web” of pages and media, connected by paths and tags, but it can be used to create dynamic, nonlinear websites. Think of Scalar as more akin to those old “choose your own adventure” novels, in that you give your users options to pick what path they want to go down. Today we will review Scalar and try to see if we can make something happen with it.

Before the Workshop