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Project Group Reports – 2-26-14
February 26, 2014 at 2:37 pm #256
After you meet in your group in class today, have someone from the group post an update on your progress here.February 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm #257
Archivists: We created a new document in our Google Docs folder to help us figure out what we want to change/ add/ remove on the website. We’ll use the list to pick out which parts we want to prioritize. Our goal is to make the site more efficient and add more about Thoreau’s personal life. We need to know how to edit the site.
Corinne and Kevin will be emailing Prof. Schacht about their Omeka accounts. Their accounts were created for them last week but they still have to be made Active.February 26, 2014 at 3:54 pm #258
For the Coders Group
We have spent some time learning HTML via tutorial online at w3schools, and have worked in class to understand basic code. Most of us do not know what tags are available for code (excepting a few like <p>) and have not interacted with a comprehensive list.
Our group is a little unsure of our footing in terms of what’s expected of our project at this point; it’s difficult for us to start work because without direct supervision we’re not solid on how we should be using these new skills within the site.
In our spare time we are exploring the different programs given us to understand code– i.e. TextEdit, TextWrangler, HTML tutorials, etc.–but do not really know how we are expected to apply what we’ve learned.February 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm #259
Our group has been working with Kirk Ann to plan what we’ll be analyzing in Walden. Some of the elements we’d like to look at: polarity (positivity vs negativity in the text), subjective vs. objective, co-location (two words that go together that wouldn’t statistically), stylometry (using Google’s NGram), word frequencies, grammatical trees, and readability (text density). We’ve also determined that we’d like to compare criticism on Walden to the actual text, preferably criticism from Harding – although we haven’t been able to find any online, so we may need some help. We have a document with some of the other criticism we’ve found.
Today, we discussed the possibility of doing a GREAT Day poster to demonstrate our research.
By the by, we’re the data analysts!
February 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm #261
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The Networking group has compiled the research we each did individually over the past couple weeks about WordPress, Connectivism, BuddyPress, and CommentPress. We went over a couple things that are relevant to what we did today, but plan on discussing the rest of it next time. We also created an email address (DigitalGenseo@gmail.com) which we plan on using to communicate with other professors and students about using their blogs. Using the email, we created our own WordPress.com blog. We plan on using this to post our manual about how to use a blog as well as other helpful how-to’s.February 26, 2014 at 4:15 pm #262
The explainer group is still laying the ground work for our contest; we have begun to create two explainers, one visual explainer on Walden and a video explainer on the rules and submission format of the contest. We expect to have both of these done by Thursday, March 5th. We created a rubric to grade the submissions, and will be judging the submissions within our group. We have also created an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be speaking with various professors in the department over the next week to see if any of them would be willing to offer extra credit in their classes for participation in the contest.
For the contest itself, we have decided to open it on March 10th, we will make posters to promote it, put a notice in the weekly college digest email, and ask individual professors to promote it in their classes. To incentivize participants, we will offer an english department award, small monetary prize, and potential extra credit from professors in the department. The contest will be open only to Geneseo english majors, minors and concentrations. All of the explainers must be about a topic in the English field.
We still need to know when the English dept. awards are, so that we can plan enough time to finish the contest and judge any submissions. We also need to know how large the prize will be, so that we can advertise the amount. We would also like to make sure it is acceptable to speak with professors to ask them to offer extra credit, we are not sure how that would go over.March 3, 2014 at 4:08 am #267
Coders: It will all make more sense to you after this coming week! Promise!
March 3, 2014 at 4:12 am #269
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Explainers: You might want to think about setting up a Google group and using it as a support forum for anyone who’s interested in creating or supporting explainers. You can set up a group from right within Geneseo Google Apps.March 3, 2014 at 4:14 am #270
Networkers: Glad you were able to set up your own WordPress.com blog! You might also want to consider providing help through a Google group. As I told the Explainers, you can set one of these up from right within Geneseo Google Apps.March 3, 2014 at 4:15 am #271
Archivists: I’ll get right on those Omeka accounts! Be sure to stay in touch with Liz Argentieri about documents you might want to use from the Harding collection.
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