Website Update

Over the past two weeks the Cabbagetown website has made a lot of progress, and the long form format is finally coming along.   This week, my focus was on creating a unified theme for the website. There are a lot of housekeeping information to deal with for the Cabbagetown Museum: Donation request, volunteer pages, […]

Reading Week Update

This week, for me, was a bit of a challenge. As our group initially discussed, we wanted to put a series of images on the home page in an image slider. We got the images from the museum a couple days before reading week, so I tried setting up the image slider with FlexSlider, but […]

Project Update 2

Our group is currently contacting Carol to try to set up a meeting and present our proposal to them. Individually, we’re working towards finishing our research papers. I am trying to get in touch with the MHSO (Multicultural History Society of Ontario) to set a time to go in and take a look at the […]

Project Update 1

After meeting the Cabbagetown and Regent Park Community Museum directors Sally Gibson and Carol Moore-Ede last week, our group now has a clear direction of what we want this project to be and a sense of how the project is going to be executed. Following our presentation last week, we are now working on completing […]

STA4

I always thought East Chinatown (over at Gerrard Street and Broadview Avenue) was the first Chinatown of Toronto. However, I discovered there was a hidden Chinatown down by York Street and Queen Street over 130 years ago.   http://jsbin.com/kideba

Telling history with graphs and more

A recurring theme in this week’s reading is that visualizations are used to observe patterns based on quantitative data, rather than used for in-depth analysis of historical information. In Theibault’s article, David Staley argued that images are only supplements to a written account, and that visualizations are only used to identify patterns quickly during research […]

Website Review: Livius Org

Keeping with last week’s website review, I decided to pick another Ancient History website to talk about. This time, it’s of a website intended for the general public rather than scholars. http://www.livius.org/ Livius.org is a website created by Dutch historian Joan Lendering in 1996. The purpose is to create content that introduces the general public […]

Can Open Access really exist?

In his review, Dan Cohen asks, “How does one take concrete steps toward a system in which open access is the normal mode of publishing?” Cohen recognizes and can understand the point of view of Gary Hall in his book, Digitize This Book!.   To address this question, it is important to see what’s stopping […]

It’s a different kind of credibility

As we’ve discussed in previous meetings, historians should approach oral history with an open mind; they should not dictate what the answers are going to be, but rather let the informant tell the interviewer what he or she wants. As Jeremy pointed out a few classes earlier, historians should not expect anything when interviewing their […]

You Won`t Be Able to Read Everything

Turkel’s comparison of the research experience as Analog and Digital representations depicted clearly the phenomenon the internet generation is experience. With so much information on the internet, it is important to understand how to sort through the information. As Turkel pointed out, the first online tool you should master is the search engine. Search engines […]