Marybeth Moscirella's blog

 

The Beginning of the End

This is my last time in lab before our presentations next Thursday.  (Everyone should totally come to the WPU Assembly Room to see all of the FER presentations on 4/17 from 4:30-6!)  It's really weird to think that today might have been my last time logging into Itinera.  My freshman year is ending, and it's overall just a really weird feeling.  It's even worse when I think about how I will be in Tanzania in a month and France in a year.  Everyone says college moves so fast and its so true.

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

A Working Title

In lab last Friday, we had a tour stop meeting.  At the meeting, we discussed the issues we were having when making tour stops, and how best to fix those issues.  After mulling over the conversation for a few days, I am still left with the impression that we could not figure out the answers to the majority of our issues. For awhile, I was pretty confused as to why all of these questions were left unanswered.

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

Correspondance Problems

My eyes were opened up today.  I never really understood what it was like compliling enough information to fill a text book, especially if someone was organizing this data for the first time.  Working with the source with which Drew provided us was very overwhelming, but not in a bad sense.  There is so much information.  The source contains letters from the director of the Academy of France in Rome, and as you can imagine, there were a lot of letters.

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

A Day Full of Dates

When I think about dates being vague, I do not think of days, weeks, months, or years.  My mind automatically goes to everything associated with those awkward fist dates, whether it be trying to pick out an appropriate outfit, figuring out exactly where you are going or what you are doing, and deciphering the other person's intentions.

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

The CRAAP Test

The CRAAP Test tortured me throughout high school.  I used it in basically everyone of my classes.  But honestly, it taught me a lot.  I can determine if a website is credible in like five seconds flat.  I was so suprised to see that Itinera did not pass. Working behind the scenes on Itinera, I know it is credible.  I've seen the process in action.  However, there was no information about Itinera anywhere on the site.  There was no copyright information, no authors, no creators, no editors, no sponsors.

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

The Lessons of Nicholas Revett

When I set off researching Nicholas Revett, I started with the biological information, which turned out to be fairly easy.  Despite the fact that the site I was using did not have a death location, everything else was easily attainable and accessible.  However, once I started working on the tour stops, it began to be much clearer to me how complex this data is.  In regards to Revett, there is a lot of uncertainty, which I didn't think twice about at first.  In fact, I kind of expected it.

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW
 

Metadata

On Friday we learned about metadata, a topic I had never heard of previously, but was nonetheless interesting.  I never really thought about what happened when I searched something on Google, or why websites were always asking me to complete random surveys, but now I understand that they fall under the category of collecting data.  Metadata, I learned, is not only a large part of research and academia, but it is also very relevant to everyday life.

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  • Itinera
  • Undergraduate Work
  • VMW