DigiWriMo Wrap-Up

Digital Humanities
Today's the last day of November. Advent starts in two days; classes end in four days (for me, anyhow); and today DigiWriMo is ending. So, what was DigiWriMo like for me? Maybe I should start with how I did on my goals. Goal #1: Completed. All officer bios on Preble's Boys are completed. Goal #2: Mostly completed. In the last few days, I did slack off. Bad Abby. But I got a fair number up. Goal #3: Technically completed. I didn't do the intensive reflection I was intending. But that's ok. I wrote some other pretty good blog posts.   I purposely didn't tax myself all that far for this DigiWriMo. This is my first semester in grad school in a long time, and I wasn't sure how much time…
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Lessons from a Google Fusion Table Graph

Digital Humanities
Armed with new and improved service record data, last night I set out to create a new network graph in Gephi, to see whether just new data would help to mitigate some of last time's problems. To be frank, Gephi beat me. My graph is so small, and my screen is so small, and the zoom function in the graph window is so bad (at least, I couldn't figure it out) that I couldn't really see my graph in order to draw any conclusions. All my data imported correctly, though, so I knew there was hope. I turned instead to Google Fusion Tables, an experimental data visualization app from Google. Unfortunately, it appears that the data tables work completely differently from Gephi's, so I did have to do some reformatting.…
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The Lessons of a Bad Network Graph

Digital Humanities
Spurred by our DH reading group at Northeastern, as well as my general tendency to jump into things before really knowing what I'm doing, I decided a few weeks ago to download Gephi and see what sort of rudimentary networks I could create. I'd been cataloging the service record of each of my Preble's Boys officers, setting up the chart so that I could see concurrent service. I started out just looking to see whether any of the Boys had actually served on the same ship as Edward Preble, but as I created the chart (the link here is to a more fleshed-out chart with more comprehensive data), some other patterns began to emerge. So I thought, let's plug this into Gephi and see what happens! I set up my network, fumbling…
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Omeka Development Plan

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In their book Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web, Dan Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig advocate that digital historians should have a well-defined plan for their websites before they start. So I thought I'd share my ideas about Preble's Boys here, and perhaps get some feedback from others about the plan.   First off, the inspiration. I was inspired to do this project by thinking about how naval officers of the nineteenth century acted, specifically to what extent they acted in concert with their official orders or whether they tended to be influenced by each other. One pressing question was this: How much did they really interact with each other?  I don't have the primary sources to do this sort of investigation at this point (tracking down…
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