Week 16: Final Recap

In my last blog post for this class, I would like to reflect on my final project.  Being a bit frazzled that I had accidentally deleted my presentation as I tried to save it in the shared folder, I rushed through my delivery more than I intended.  In response to Dr. Jones’ question on where I would get the examples for students to analyze and imitate, I would like to do a mix of inventing/imitating documents myself and finding a corpus of data.  In order to show the nuanced and detailed shifts in tone and word choice in shorter documents, I would create what I wanted students to use.  In response to longer proposals and reports, I would have to collect examples I had the rights to use.  I have a great deal of professional writing and editing contacts, so perhaps I could start by asking for samples.  I would also explore if any uploaded documents from MyReviewers could be used.

One aspect I failed to discuss was my project’s platform and hosting.  Similar to my classmates, I have not solved this yet.  In my case, it might be worth exploring this project in conjunction with USF’s resources.  This project will relate to and support my written dissertation, so I wouldn’t necessarily need to port it to my next position.  I have discussed this project with my advisor, Dr. Meloncon, and she suggested I could even pilot test classes using imitation.  If I were to complete this project, I would like to do a case study where one group sees the documents to imitate and one does not.  To prove my theory that imitation can spur invention and lead to positive outcomes with other cannons of rhetoric such as style and arrangement, I would like to compare the outcomes of two classes side by side.

As someone who is painfully analytical and practical, this class has helped me find ways in which I could explore DH in ways that suited my need for practicality.  While the literary and mapping side of DH may be too explorative for me personally, this class helped me discover practical projects such as archives, online repositories, and pedagogical-related websites.  For example, Stephanie’s contemplation of an archival repository of a playwright that has not received proper academic attention was immensely interesting.  I am working on archival research this summer and would very much like to find a data set I was interested in enough to create an online repository.  Additionally, I was really drawn to Erica’s Holocaust work and think an educational/art-house style game would be a really interesting way to explore a Holocaust survivor story.

Lastly, I thought Christine’s archeological work lends nicely to DH type catalog or archive. However, her issues with how to handle viewing objects online in a 3D viewer will make it an ongoing ordeal. As with all DH archival-type projects, it’s not enough to digitize once and believe it will be saved forever. Using current technology to digitize and save, it may only be safe for 50 or 100 years.  We don’t know.  Even if a company promises storage for hundreds of years, who’s to say the company won’t go out of business.  The entire act of digitizing artifacts needs will be ongoing and the people interested in it will likely need to be flexible to learn new programs and explore storage options for their entire career.


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