Now that we have completed a part of our digitization process, we have some content to work within in the rest of the Old Chapel project. There’s more work to be done with the editing the images and preparing their metadata, but we can get started.
Your digital tool assignments are below. I tried to give everyone their first choice, but almost everyone got at least their second choice. Our course schedule is organized so that each digital tool that we are introduced to builds upon the next and so that the Old Chapel project can move forward incrementally with us. Therefore, each week the team assigned to that tool will do a brief in class introduction to the tool and demonstration if appropriate , 5 – 10 minutes at most. I have built these into the course schedule page, and those tools not originally scheduled – e.g., Trello and WordPress – have also been slotted in. Omeka is up first this coming Wednesday.
In the following I will offer some general notes and advice as well as some more specific ideas about how to gain familiarity with your assigned digital tool.
- Don’t wait to get started. Just because you’re class presentation isn’t this week, please do start exploring as soon as you can.
- Read the help files. Each tool will have easy to to follow instructions and in many cases tutorial videos to get you going in minutes.
- Explore. Don’t be afraid to follow your instincts and just start pushing buttons. We live in a world of Delete buttons and Crtl+Z… you won’t “break something” or “screw it up”.
Trello: You are the nerve center for the Old Chapel project. You help teams collaborate, share information, and keep everyone on schedule. Build boards for each part of the Old Chapel project and also for students to track their own course work. Use checklists to communicate sequential procedures and use Trello’s integration with Google Drive and Dropbox to share files. Take the tour.
WordPress: You are the public face of the Old Chapel Project. Check out the themes and plug-ins to update the appearance of the site. Create new pages (e.g., a student profiles page?), curate the blog submissions from your classmates, and build the best integration or link with the Omeka site. For help, see this video and get support.
Omeka: You are the kings of content. You wil bring the digitized materials of the Old Chapel to the world. Explore the plugins to learn how to import large batches of information in CSV. Modify these imported items, group them into collections, and build an exhibit. Go ahead and pick the theme that best fits with our project. http://info.omeka.net/ has lots of great help.
Book Drive: You have the heart of the project in your care: the data. There is still work to be done with the scanned data, such as editing it in Book Drive Editor, OCRing the PDFs, selecting the best files to describe in metadata (and even potentially reshooting some out of focus captures). Collaboration with the Omeka team will be essential. Look to my videos on the schedule page, the Atiz support page, and to the metadata standards described on the blog.
GIS Lite: You have control of the history of the world surrounding the Old Chapel. Download the maps from the Youmass site and overlay them upon one another and upon base data for the campus. Library computers have ArcGIS, but you’ll want to use cloud data storage…. Go here to get familiar with the fundmentals of georeferencing.
DM: You will highlight the trees of interest from the forrest of visual data. We will ask to have an address dedicated to our work, but for now you explore and play (gently, please) in my account of PQP data to understand the software. There are great help files, though some are just slightly out of date, at the bottom of the DM project page.
PhotoScan: You will create the first, full three-dimensional representation of the Old Chapel. Be sure to add a scale to your images or to get some close measurements of the building when capturing it. You can see these help files and watch me talk about the software to see how PhotoScan has been used at Pompeii.
SketchUp: You will bring the three-dimensional interior of the Old Chapel to life. Using the ground plans of the building, you can remake the rooms, create furniture from the inventory list, and maybe even apply wall paper from the photographs. Good video tutorials are available as are finished model to explore, such as this one of the Quadriporticus in Pompeii.
Above all, your greatest source of support will be me. Email simple questions, describe more complex issues in a Trello card (which, FYI, also creates documentation), or set up a meeting with me for things too complicated to type up.