Project Update #2

For general life updates, I’ve been learning a ton in my classes during the last month. One of the is on the anthropology of reproduction, and I’ve been learning some surprising things about women’s evolutionary health. I’ve also been starting to listen to folk music recently, and it’s been interesting to see how similar Mexican and German polka can be.

As for my project, it has moved more out of the media collection stage to the map creation stage. I have found a few more images to add to Zotero, with postcards from shell mound sites as well as some phtoographs of cities, from a Florida history website. Beyond that, most of the project is focusing on actually building the online map. A lot of the meetings have been redirected toward troubleshooting whenever a problem arises, which everyone has been assuring me that this is how most projects go and that it’s just part of the process.

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The coding elements are all very new to me, so everything like the snippet of code above doesn’t make much sense to me yet. To help with understanding more of that side of the project, I am going through a very thorough tutorial that goes through all of the steps related to QGIS. I haven’t started the tutorial yet, but I just downloaded QGIS and I am planning to go through the rest of the tutorial during the next few days.

I think that the fellowship has been going pretty well so far. Even though we haven’t been able to do some activities as scheduled, like visiting the 3D scanning lab, I think that the pandemic has also given us some opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise, like attending digital conferences. I think the coordination of meeting weekly with the other fellows and having a separate weekly project meetings has worked well, since we can focus on different parts of the fellowship in those different meetings. One aspect of the fellowship that I think could be improved is the number of informational lectures/introductions we get about the different areas of digital humanities. I think it would be interesting to maybe go through examples of different digital scholarship projects throughout the fellowship, which would have given more context for the digital conferences that we attended.

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