Class of 2015!! History major, double minoring in Environmental Sustainability and Digital Studies


Animated GIF Module Reflection

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Our group was amongst the four groups to choose the Art of the Animated GIF module for this last module assignment. In order to to try stand out, we wanted our focus on GIFs to be slightly different from previous groups who completed this module, and from what the other groups could have been potentially focusing on. Instead of going over the history of GIFs and showing examples of the first GIFs we made (not that there was anything wrong with that) we decided to focus on the uses of GIFs, tips on making GIFs, and the future of GIFs. For the uses of GIFs, we broke up the uses onto three different categories: Educational, Art, and Reaction. GIFs can be used for educational purposes since they can convey a similar amount of information as a short video, but without the hassle of trying to find the spot in the video and watching the entire video. One example we included in our presentation was a GIF showing the shifts in the continents over time. From looking at the GIF anyone could see that the continents of the world have moved around over time. 

In addition to teaching/learning, GIFs can also be art forms. GIFs are essentially a bunch of images coming alive and playing out a sequence. They allow people express more than just one idea. "Art GIFs" just can have more dimension than still images. 

While Educational GIFs teach and Art GIFs inspire, Reaction GIFs are used all the time in today's popular culture. Reaction GIFs are used when a person wants to evoke an emotion online but cannot find the proper words, or when words cannot do their feelings justice. Reaction GIFs are usually sequences from movies, tv shows, or videos that have a person responding to a situation in a dramatic way. 

While there are many other uses for GIFs, and kinds of GIFs, we felt that these three uses/kinds were the most prevalent online and that these are the kinds of GIFs people tend to make, which is why we also wanted to include a few tips on making GIFs in our presentation. Lastly, I wanted to look a the potential future of GIFs since animated GIFs in particular tend to run rather large in terms of file size. Videos in HTML5 function like GIFs in that they can loop forever, but what is nice is that you can pause them and they use less file space. GFY allows for a GIF to be played as a GIF when a page or browser does not support HTML5 videos, and allows HTML5 compatible pages and browsers to benefit from the smaller file sizes of the HTML5 videos. 

Overall, this was a nice module to end on, and I hope everyone likes our presentation! 

#module #finalmodule #gifs #animated gifs #dgst101



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#gif #gfy


Table 1 working on the GIF module

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Breakdown of our GIF module
1. Reaction GIFs-how gifs are used on social media (shelby)
2. Art GIFs- how they can show pretty and cool things (emily)
3. Educational GIFs (conor)
4. HTML 5 videos replacing GIFs? -(jess)
5. Tips for making GIFs (nicky)

#table 1 #dgst101 #gif #module


Taking a Tally

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Looking at my installatron on my Domain of One's Own, I had 7 installations:  5 WordPress and 2 Known. 

WordPress My digital portfolio and resume My hub for all of my course blogs A blog for Digital History from Spring 2014 My blog for Hist 471: History of the Information Age My blog for DS106 (Digital Storytelling)

Known My blog for Digital Studies 101 Another blog for DS106 (Digital Storytelling) [we had to use subdomains]

Needless to say, I've had to request for more space on my Domain of One's Own Account...twice...

I came up with the subdomain "blogs" and then the separate directories for each course over the summer when I discovered nearly all of my courses wanted me to have a blog with Domain of One's Own. I chose to organize everything this way because I knew I'd lose track of what my course blogs were if they were all different subdomains. This way if I had ever forgotten, I could go to and find the link to the appropriate course blog I was looking for. Furthermore, I feel like by making my course blogs directories, they adhered to the overall hierarchy of my digital portfolio. On my main website (which of course needs updating) I have a link to my course blogs hub and then from there, links to the various blogs. I might reorganize everything again, and take out the course blogs hub and just have links to the individual course blogs on my main site that way they can be a part of my portfolio on the actual portfolio site. I'm not entirely sure yet how to fix my main site though, so I can't think about reorganizing my course blogs until I get my main site figured out. I would like to make my main site more reflective of me instead of it being a kind of showcase or display. I still want to have my portfolio and resume on there, but I'm not sure if I want that to be its primary purpose. Something to think about for this class's final I suppose! 

#dgst101 #mysites #umwdomains


Animated GIF

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For the last module of the semester, table #1 would like to do the Animated GIF Module

#dgst101 #table1 #module #GIF


Digital Textuality

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For this assignment, we had to hand code a website and put an analysis on it. It reminded me how annoying it is to hand code, especially when you don't leave several weeks to do it. However, I was successful and was able to create a site I am proud of. For the analysis part, I analyzed scripts of doctor who to see if I could determine a few of the doctor's personalities through the scripts from their  first and last episodes. Ultimately, that did not happen, but instead, analyzing the scripts showed the commonalities between the doctors and how the doctor interacts with his surroundings and people throughout the show. I used Voyant to analyze my texts and I really liked this tool because it was straightforward to use. 

Here's my final project:

#dgst101 #digitaltextuality #assignment



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This module ended up being more challenging than I thought it would be. I had never made a wikipedia page before, so even just trying to figure out how to write it was something new for me. We wanted to learn about women on wikipedia and women contributors to wikipedia since women have been grossly underrepresented on wikipedia. We looked into the history of wikipedia, women on wikipedia, and then we tried to make our own page. Making our page was the most challenging aspect since it got tagged for speedy deletion, possibly because it was Emily and my's first page. Bots scanning for new users got to ours pretty quickly and so there wasn't much we could unless we had been editing wikipedia for months beforehand. All in all it was a good learning experience since I personally have not used wikipedia other than for quickly looking up information. 

#module2 #table1 #dgst101


Making Progress

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For the Wikipedia module, we have divided up the work into 3 parts:

1. History of Wikipedia and the lack of women
2. What has been done to try to include women (hack-a-thons) 
3. Making a Wikipedia page on Nina Bushnell (Dean of Women 1921-1950 at UMW)

One of our group members has also volunteered to make the Prezi for our presentation. 
I am working on making the Wikipedia page for Nina Bushnell, and originally I was hoping to use University of Mary Washington: A Centennial History, 1908-2008 by William Crawley, but since there were none in the library left, I'll have to use History of Mary Washington College 1908-1972 by Edward Alvey. Fortunately, since Nina Bushnell was a Dean before 1972, Alvey's book should provide the same amount of information as Crawley's book. 

#module2 #dgst101 #table1 #wikipedia


Map Our Device Reflection

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This project seemed really cool at first, but then became fairly frustrating. Finding where the chips was made was really difficult for our group until we found a Wikipedia page of semiconductor manufacturing places for various companies. We also had no idea what the codes on the chips meant and were only able to productively use them to our advantage by trial and error googling. Some of us definitely had more luck than others, and once one of us found a site or trick to finding the parts, we shared them with the rest of the group. As far as making the site, I was honestly a little worried when we began using Omeka since in another class I took it caused other groups problems, but thankfully for us, neither Omeka nor Neatline were troublesome and were straightforward. Overall, we learned that the hardware for different technologies really does come from all over the globe and that they are typically products of multiple companies even if they are sold under one name. 

#reflection #mapmydevice