Lightning Talk

On Monday, December 8 (last class) each student will present a 3-5 minute lightning talk about their final research project.

Your lightning talk should focus on work process, including discussion of data sources (maps, data layers, text), and plan for how data will be gathered/displayed/published with emphasis on tool chosen.

Your talk should be illustrated with slides (PowerPoint or Prezi) and  should include

  • research question/hypothesis
  • 2-3 slides w/ images of progress (e.g. close-up of tagging with problem or approach; map layers & data)
  • next steps in terms of evidence gathering and demonstrating that evidence in tool

In order to ensure that all students can present within the class period, please email your PowerPoint or Prezi link to me in advance. I will load them all on the computer before class so that transition between lightning talks is efficient and quick.

Week of 12/1 Assignments

It’s our final week of class 🙁

Here is what will happen in each class, important milestones, and plans for next Monday.

Monday, December 1

  • Final project workshop
  • abstract (150-200 words) due by 11pm

Wednesday, December 3

  • Final project workshop
    Outline of expectations for lightening talk

Friday, December 5

  • Final project workshop
  • Expectation of working draft of artifact by end of Friday’s class.
  • Homework: Prepare for Monday’s lightning talk

Lightening talk consists of:
Short in-class presentation of final project (3-5 minutes long) that is an articulation of research question, reason why this tool was chosen, whether or not it achieved the sought for answer to research question, demonstration of its function/argument as distinct because of the tool/approach.

Monday, December 8

  • Lightning talks

Final Project Instuctions

Your final project for this course focuses on a consideration of the digital methods we have learned over the course of the semester, as demonstrated through expanded analysis of the archival collection of Linn’s diary that we have relied upon:

  • a sound research question that offers a significant and original perspective on the subject matter with which we have engaged throughout the semester
    • for single student a demonstrated competence in one; or
    • for a collaborative project (between two students) demonstrated competence in least two of the digital methodologies
  • screenshots that demonstrate process, experimentation, mastery, complications, difficulties and challenges, how these were met – and hopefully overcome)
  • explanation about why particular method or tool was chosen
  • determination of method/tool’s effectiveness in addressing research question

The project will consist of:

  1. a 150-200 word abstract (due Monday, 12/1 by 11pm in Word document via email) that identifies your research question and identifies the digital method you have chosen to address the question
  2. Short (3-5 minute)  Powerpoint or Prezi presentation of final project in progress (in-class on December 8)  that is an articulation of your research question, the reason why you have chosen your particular digital method, whether or not you believe it is helping you to answer to research question, and a demonstration of how you are building your argument through the tool/approach. ** This presentation is meant to show your work in progress rather than the finished, polished artifact, which comes next.
  3. Artifact (due December 17 linked from reflection essay in WordPress) that is one of the following: a published map, network visualization file structure, or uploaded TEI file(s). A submitted artifact includes all necessary files and folders made available to instructor via browser interface.
    1. GIS: ArcGIS Online story map
    2. Gephi: exported sigma .js folder uploaded to netspace
    3. TEI: content file(s) uploaded to TEI Boilerplate folder in netspace
    4. Voyant or TimeMapper visualization (Voyant or TimeMapper can only be used as secondary / complementary methodology when submitted by a collaborating team, and must demonstrate a distinctly enhanced point of view about the research question)
  4. An 850-1000 word  reflection essay (due December 17 in WordPress) that includes a clear statement of your research question and methodology; and documentation of the process that leads to the completion of your project. Take screenshots of each significant phase of your project’s development (at least 5 screenshots from design to completion). Plus bibliography/webography, works cited, posted under the category “Final Project” and including five tags.

This project is worth 35% of your course grade. You will be graded according to the following guidelines:

  • Rhetorical Awareness (25%): Argument considers audience, message, and medium (artifact and essay): since this is meant to be public-facing scholarship, think about who might be looking at your artifact (not only your instructor and classmates, but also the wider campus population and/or conference attendees if you should choose to submit your project to a research conference)
  • Stance and Support (20%): Central claim is duly supported by evidence drawn from the core text, from readings, and from sample projects; i.e. evidence of original or expanded research into your subject matter
  • Organization (15%): Clear structure demonstrates presentation of research question, critical analysis through method, and moves logically from introduction to conclusion
  • Conventions (20%): Competent adherence to usage standards; skillful integration of core text and secondary sources – including citation
  • Design for Medium (20%): Well-chosen design features enhance audience motivation and participation

Final project submission is on Final exam date December 17, as published here:

Mapping Assignment & Blog Prompt

Objective: Work individually and collaboratively within ArcGIS Online environment to show how James Merrill Linn’s diary entries from Feb-Apr 1862 can help to narrate his experience as a participating soldier in the battles of Roanoke Island and South Mills.

Using the data layers identified in the GIS DataSources sheet in the Linn GIS Data Dictionary spreadsheet ( ) experiment with the data to consider the place names and locations that Linn identifies in his diary in relation to battle sites, topographical features (rivers, canals), allegiance and/or population. How does analysis of geospatial data help us to make sense of Linn’s descriptions and observations?


  1. Two map layers submitted to the course story map that show your mastery of GIS skills; each layer should include at least point, one shape, and one path. Each layer should also include map notes and textual commentary that incorporates your interpretation of the diary entries and the data that is available to you within the course map with which you work.
  2. A 400-450 word blog post response to this prompt: What can GIS reveal to us about Linn’s participation in the Civil War – and more generally how we can use maps and spatial thinking to help us understand the complexities and nuances of history? Include three direct references to the Bodenhammer article; embed the story map into your post.
  3. Comment on one of your classmates’ posts.

Wednesday 11/12: Build test map w/ Janine

Friday 11/14: Read Bodenhammer article
Work on point, shape, and path
Choose 2 diary entries to create layers in story map (could be own entry plus one or two other entries)

Weekend: Close-read diary entries to be mapped; synthesize entries regarding Linn’s description of places
Experiment with ArcGIS Online data layers to think about how you want to use the story map to demonstrate Linn’s relationship to place

REMINDER: All students are required to attend either one talk session or the poster session for the Digital Humanities conference on Saturday, 11/15. The conference events take place in the LC. You will write a short (300 word) summary of the session you attended and if a poster, take a photograph of the poster you found most interesting.

Monday/17: Refine story map layers in class

Wednesday 11/19: Complete work on story map layers in class; submit blog post with embedded link to web map application by 11pm.

Digging the Digital (Final Project) 11/17-12/8

Week 12:

Monday November 17
– Work on ArcMaps
– Geospatial Visualization Assignment and Blog Post #5 due:  “ArcGIS templates– comparison and contrast” (11/17 – 11pm)

Wednesday, November 19
– Introducing the final project
– Introducing as a brainstorming tool

Friday, November 21
– Final project workshop
– Abstract (150-200 words) due Sunday, November 23 11pm (thanks to Professor Faull for sharing her description of abstract-writing best practices!)

Week 13:

Monday, November 24
– workshop and feedback

Week 14:

Monday, December 1
– final project workshop

Wednesday, December 3
– final project workshop

Friday, December 5
– final project workshop

Week 15:

Monday, December 8
– Symposium (12/8) – potentially held in conjunction with HUMN 100 02 (time and place to be announced)

– Final Project due: (during scheduled final exam period)