DM: Not Only for Academia

  Kate Daborowski                

               During one of our class periods, we learned how the digital humanities tool DM is used. When you upload test documents, maps, pictures, or any other documents that can be scanned into a computer, one can link all of these documents together through annotation and linking similar concepts together. This tool is extremely useful since the user is able to link together pieces of different documents together based on similar ideas, concepts, or important facts. DM is currently being used to annotate old manuscripts, maps, and pieces together parts of maps with information about that certain location. Even though this tool is currently being used in a wide variety of ways there are many other ways in which this tool could be used that have not yet been explored.

                  Today there are many fictional story lines that have become very popular and many people revolve their whole lives around their plots. One of these examples is Harry Potter. Recently Disney created a whole section of their park to a new attraction called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Many people are so fascinated with these story lines that they would like to learn new things that were not exposed in the books. DM could help to create an interactive webpage for these fans. If one was able to create a complete map of all of the wizarding world that is traveled throughout the novels, they could annotate the map to connect it to scenes of the movies that occurred in these areas. There could be links to clips of the movies or excerpts from the book that explain significant events that occurred in this location. Doing this would bring the story into a whole new world by allowing the fans to track the progression of the story in terms of the places that were traveled to or referenced to.

                  This tool not only could be used to create an extension to already created movies and fictional plots, but it could also be used to advance many video games. When one is playing many adventure type video games there are maps that can be pulled up that tell the player where they are and where they need to be going. If video game designers could find a way to DM in the game it would much easier for these gamers to keep track of their progression and where they have been. For example, say you are asked to find a certain object in the game and you know you have seen it before but you cannot remember where in the game it was placed. The video game designer could incorporate DM by creating the ability to link the image of objects that could be captured through a screen shot option to the location on the map where they are along with written information about the hiding place of the object or what needs to be done to find the object again. This could decrease a lot of frustration that develops when playing these games since there currently isn’t a way to keep a detailed log like this in video games. Overall, DM could be used to bring gaming to a new level.

                  In conclusion, DM is a very powerful and versatile tool. It can be used for a large array of purpose including entertainment, education, note keeping, organization, and gaming. Since I still do not all of the abilities that DM has to offer, I cannot say what limitations it has or if the ideas mentioned above would actually be able to be created. However, I do feel that these ideas are worth looking into and could bring many fictional story lines and video games to a new and exciting level.

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