Here are the notes from the “Teaching Digital Archives” session proposed by Paul Jaussen: docs.google.com/document/d/1OvSbVBxXNqSGFiOfebiUNqTRppUZpY05bJ1Nz46YXzg/edit
How to teach archives? How to add historical context to 19th-century poems as well as doing close reading of poems?
Emphasis point: work with librarians and archivists to develop the course and support the technology. Take students to an actual archive (if possible) and talk to actual archivists, especially about the process of digitizing.
Examples of assignments and tools:
- Having students annotate David Rumsey maps at davidrumsey.com
- Have students add things to HistoryPin at historypin.com
- Dipity timeline tool – www.dipity.com/
- VisualEyes tool – “web-based authoring tool developed at the University of Virginia to weave images, maps, charts, video and data into highly interactive and compelling dynamic visualizations” – www.viseyes.org/
- SmartDraw software (about $100) – www.smartdraw.com/specials/smartdraw.asp?id=104640&gclid=CN_ZgIm5yrQCFY1DMgodVDcAYw (for creating a map of Hell!) – can upload your own map from anywhere
- Omeka Neatline – could be hosted by the library – neatline.org
- Omeka – omeka.net