Friday, October 13, 2006

The Associated Press article “Historic Websites”, explains how different historic sites and museums are using technology to reach a wider audience through online slideshows, exhibits, and interactive tours. In addition, they are producing audio programs, which can be heard on portable players and through your computer. Not only does it look like institutions are building interactive dynamic sites for information access, but to attract more onsite visitors. A more attractive website might make a visit more appealing. Another thought I had was the financial implications that such websites can have. Not only could an excellent website have a lasting impression on the general public, but could do the same for those who support these institutions financially.

David Rumsey’s online map database is highlighted in Wade Roush’s article “From Lewis and Clark to Landsat”. Giving historians the ability to access and view these maps online not only gives them thousands of maps at there fingertips, but provides online tools, which creates a worthwhile viewing experience. Sites like these have great potential, especially if you can give the public access to these maps online without much loss of detail.

The other readings assigned for this week deal with using mapping technology and georeferencing. These articles, combined with last weeks class discussion might take my class project in a whole new direction. One of the examples given in the article “Combining Place, Time, and Topic: The Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative” is a map interface for retrieving news reports relating to cities in India, which is similar to an idea discussed with several classmates after class last week. Mapping technology has a great deal of potential in the history realm. Hopefully I can use this technology in my digital history project.

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