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Consider the four literacies we discussed today (ethics, privacy, copyright, and licenses). How do these literacies affect your research and scholarship as historians or scholars? What surprised you about these literacies? What are some important considerations to think about before beginning a digital humanities project? (400 words minimum)  

I feel as though the ethical literacy is a crucial part of research, the findings you have need to be recognized through an exploratory lens of fair treatment. The privacy law brings in the guarantee that the project is not crossing boundaries of slander or attacking. The copyright literacies are an impactful way of making sure that the research follows guidelines and appropriately respects other creators. I was most surprised about the privacy needs and necessary criteria for all research, I never realized how dangerous false research could be. I think that these literacies force you to consider the accuracy of all research and information you find and provide to the Internet. The importance of the power you hold whilst creating some sort of digital footprint means that the information you put out there is vital and needs to be out through the process of all these literacy check points.

Blog Post 3

What are the three principles of tidy data? What are the best methods for organizing your research? Consider how you might implement both tidy data and organizational research methods into your scholarly practice. (400 words minimum) 

The three principles of tidy data includes each variable forms a column, each observation forms a row, and each type of observational units forms a table. I think tidy data sets are the most informative way of gathering information and presenting it. I will categorize my notes in the order of which I would like to implement it into my tidy data set. As the reading said 80% of the time spent researching is devoted to making it understandable and readable. I practice putting my sources and files under the right annotation in order to keep correct track of the right type of sources. I think having a tidy data set is the only way to keep the accurate connection between context and sources. I practice keeping the sources in order to be able to apply them accurately, keeping them in columns with the accurate titles to distribute the source information. It also helps to know how to find the correct source by categorizing them in an accurate column to pin point which one. Keeping a data set in check makes it so that the data set is in accurate order of the one piece of source you’re accumulating to organize it into sensible date. The ability to keep track of data I have found is super important whilst I have been conducting research for my communication class for my explanatory speech. This has shown me how out of hand it can get if you do not accurately label, I find myself running back and forth jumping through browsers trying my best to be able to find what source accurately corresponded with the information it provided. This is not only time consuming but just flat out annoying, now though with my ability to organize and label what information this data set and citation provides I can now simply search what I am looking for through my own method of labeling, it keeps me sane and helps me to feel put together with my citations.

Blog Post 4

Use the following resources to select a highway marker to explore. Describe the marker you chose and why you chose it. In what ways will you use Trouillot’s methods from Silencing the Past to learn more about the history of your selected highway marker? (400 words minimum) 

DHR is Virginias very own highway marker program, the program is based around the practice of honoring historical areas. Though according to Trouillot history has a tendency of being sugar coated, parts of reality get silenced and the reality they explore is only to save face. DHR is an important process of creating landmarks in order to to continue and honor a legacy. Black lettering and a silver background the commonwealth highway running through the state of Virginia has unmistakable markers. Now reaching over 2500 markers Virginia has one of the oldest historical marker programs in the world. VDOT is the partner organization for DHR, their in-charge of maintaining and verifying the markers brought up. C-20 is the marking of the First Battle of Manassas, General Irvin McDowell and his 35,000 men marched from DC on July 16th; They walked t0wards the crucial Manassas railroad that was guarded by General Beauregaurd at the time. The union vanguard reached the centerville area on the 18th of July and advanced to Blackburn before retreating after a sharp skirmish. McDowell set up in centerville to devise his plan against the Confederates, and on the 21st of July he moved to strike. Confederate reinforcements were able to arrive and the Federalists fleet through Centerville and returned to DC. This highway marker was one of my points of interest due to the reality of the history, a loss for the federalists is not a proud day yet the historic reality of the state of Virginia is that it was seen as a home to many confederate party members. C-24 is memorialized as Laura Ratcliffe’s legacy, she was born in Fairfax County in 1836, she was introduced to Lt. Mosby in 1862 who boasted about her ability to evade his almost capture. Ratcliffe provided Mosby and his Partition Rangers very important information that helped them with Union take down. My interest in this selection is again peaked by the raw truth that it provides of who we are genuinely memorializing. The silencing of the past is actively combatted by the reminders that pave the way for our highways. B-260 is a marker titled Historic Green Spring, 1784 Brick house showcases the 2 renowned designers Walter Macomber and Beatrix Farrand. Green spring is the one area that consists of both artists works, Macomber was an architect that refurbished a Colonial Williamsburg and Farrand put her signature down for an epic landscaping. This historical marker makes for a beautiful reminder of a partnership. Highway markers are not just historical reminders but they are snapshots of places that should remain in peoples memories as times in history immortalized.

Blog Post 5

Possible Ways historians can represent primary sources into data. Consider the primary sources we have looked at already in this class as well as primary sources you have encountered in your own work. How might these primary sources be represented as data? What are the advantages of considering primary sources as data? What are Wickham’s principles of tidy data?

Historians are presented constantly with journals and recordings of the past each turns back time to a story in history. In order to be successful in gathering and utilizing information presented in an abundance of mediums they need to present it for themselves in a way that organizes and creates a clear picture of the information they get. The goal is to be able to create a useable layout that is efficient, for example diaries and historical documents need to be stripped of their information and placed in a usable format. This includes a tidy data set, a tidy data set is one of the most useful ways to display information from one medium to another. I learned how useful this is when I was handed a source that was a digital journal, it was a blast from the past that even I had trouble understanding, the translation was even difficult for me and think if I had used that source immediately without converting it into a data set. The process was meticulous but necessary as the difficulty of processing it would’ve been matched in interpreting it free hand. The tidy data set made it so that I easily can cite the source and location of where I am pulling information from when I use it. I recently did a communications project where I had to keep a catalog of sources within my project to refer back to. The usefulness of having my sources categorized and located in one space helped me to keep the use of my sources concise and meaningful. I also felt as though I was able to display them much more thoroughly. I think that the exercise in using a tidy data set opened my eyes to the severity of how important being able to compartmentalize each piece of information presented. I think the most important part is making it so that you can access the information without having to waste time locating and relocating said information. The primary sources are a source of data the difference simply being that we need to interpret the content in a way that makes sense for the data set. A primary source can always be broken down and organized into an easy access way so that the information is more forthcoming. Wickham states each variable is a column, each observation is a row and lastly each observational unit is a table. These rules help to organize the content into a viable source.