Khadija-Awa Diop's blog

 

So Long, Farewell, auf wiedersehen, good bye.... :(

     Humanities, usually has the the bad rep of being easy and lacking in innovation and necessary mental capabilities. Society contrasts humanities with both math and science. They say that unlike, math and science, humanities does not take much effort anad doed not necessarily build on prior knowledge. Well, for everything we've learned in the digital humanities this semester, I can honestly say, society has it all wrong.

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

pass 1 and pass 2 of work flow timed test

 Last week we discussed work flow and the most efficient way to get the most done possible. So we tested ourselves to find out how much work we could do in a specific amount of time, and if we encountered any problems while doing our timed test. Some of the problems we encountered were the inability to track pieces of artwork, not understanding abbreviations that are no longer used, and how to identify a relationship between two people.

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

Memo

In today's meeting we discussed what work flow would be the most productive and efficient. For next week we will be attmpting to impliment the work flow that we discussed:taking the first pass at the french correspondences and entering them straight into itinera. We will see how much we get done and create a possible amount of work we could possibly finish by the end of the semester. The second thing we discussed were the details of the input methods and what is inputted into itinera.

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

Looking for hay in a hay stack.

Today was about understanding the scope of data in humanities research. With science research, unless you are on the front edge of new and uncharted scientific ingenuity, there are specific data sets that have been made so small that you can see the entire scope easily. Humanities research is instead, a scope that includes human origins and every single act of humans since then. Because no human is an island, our interactions effect the entire world; life in general is one huge butterfly effect.

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

Francis Dashwood

Today I learned a rake was an 18th century playboy, while researching Francis Dashwood the 11th Baron le Despence. Look at that picture: He seems to have so much fun, unlike all the other 18th century men, who look all too serious. I also am continuing to ameliorate my data formatting and inputting skills. I am getting better and quicker at it, because I am a lot more used to it. 

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

Back to the Lab Again

Play the song as you read. :)

I GOT A SECRET FORMULA: for all the ways to write the dates for the two different types of date entries (display date and indexing date).

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

Lab Rats in Lab coats

We tested user data today on the front end of the itinera database website. We got to understand and test out itinera's usability and try to figure out what features help users go through a website smoothly. We also got to go behind the scenes, and put in the data. So we get a look at two different levels of website usage. It was taking what we learned last week to a whole other level.

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

Today I was Sherlock

     I thought that the activity we did today was the most fun so far of what we've done here at the Lab. Taking information and figuring how the information fits together like a puzzle piece is so very fascinating. You can't just take the information given to you and write it out. You have to think about it, and understand it first, because historical data is not always one hundred percent sure. People are not infallible and so their reports will not be perfect.

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

Metadata

Last Friday we learned about Metadata. If you googled metadata you would find that metadata is data about data. But that's the very simplified, almost incorrect definition. Metadata is the data on how we choose to categorize the data that we collect. That includes where the data comes from, how the data was collected, who the data was collected from, what kind of data it is (primary source or secondary source etc) and how we classify them based on all these factors. 

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
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