Homework #5: Tool Presentation Progress Report

Before class this Wednesday, your homework assignment is to publish a post to this course blog reporting on what you, individually, have been working on and thinking about in preparation for your small group presentations next week. Be sure to include not only what you’ve done, but what you’re planning to do next (i.e., in class on Wednesday).

Your post should be informal, but substantive, and should take advantage of the blogging medium. For example, if an image or screen shot would help to illustrate your progress, you should embed an image in your post. If you are referring to other websites (for example, the tutorials you are using, or examples of other sites), then the reader would probably appreciate a hyperlink. Providing these relevant enrichments to your test will improve your homework score; a post that provides nothing but text will have a maximum score of 7, whereas posts that provide relevant media and links can achieve the maximum score of 10.

You should also think about your audience for this post, which is potentially Internet-wide. Although you are writing to students in our class, your experience may also be valuable for other would-be digital historians wanting to know how you used these tutorials and what difficulties or successes you are encountering. So aim your post at a potential audience that could include students in the UNT course and other history students or historians interested in using digital tools like these.

One Response to Homework #5: Tool Presentation Progress Report

  1. GISers-
    Some Google Earth stuff.
    Here’s the browser plugin for Google Earth:
    https://developers.google.com/earth/
    After you’ve installed it and rebooted your browser you’ll be able to use the amazing KML Interactive Sampler, the source of all my wisdom, that and breaking stuff (http://kml-samples.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/interactive/index.html#./Models/Models.Shared_Textures.kml).
    I haven’t yet figured out how they created the interactive sampler itself, which would allow you to have external buttons that alter the contents of the Earth window (I think real coders want to get paid for that).
    I should mention that Google Maps (as opposed to Google Earth) does not allow overlays of historical map images, etc., which night be a dealbreaker for this kind of project.
    Good luck KML scripting.
    p.s.-If you find any maps you want to scan at a very high resolution you can use the flatbed scanners in the Digital Media Commons (Herring Hall 119). A setting of 600-800 ppi for scanning a map is a good idea, you can always shrink it later. – Andrew