Alan Williams blog post #1

The four sites I looked at two of them were Omeka. I figured it would be best to get a balance of both to see the differences. The biggest difference between Omeka and the other websites is that Omeka was definitely more interactive. The two sites that were not Omeka were: The Valley of the Shadows and the French Revolution. Both had all of the proper sources and were both very thorough, but the design of the site was simplistic. It was kind of like jumping in a time machine, and going back five years to look at websites. However, the Omeka pages reminded me of sites that are more common on the web today. They were relatively easy to use, and the whole screen was used. Unlike, the non-Omeka French Revolution page where most of the page is just the red background with wording on the top left side of the page. On the other hand, the Omeka sites either fill up the page or are in the middle of the page. The two Omeka sites I looked at were the 1919 Molasses Flood, and the University of Houston’s Digital History. The Molasses flood page was pretty cool it is set up on the front page of The Boston Post about the 1919 Molasses flood. On the page were highlighted spots where I could click on them and analyses of testimonies, excerpts, and accounts would open on the left-hand side of the page. The University of Houston’s Digital History page was a little more traditional. It had links to every era in American History, and within each era was overviews, film, media, textbooks, documents. Both of these sites would be incredibly helpful to find primary sources. In fact, the Molasses Flood page is set on a primary source. All four sites are good to find primary sources, but the sites that are more aesthetically pleasing are the Omeka site. I imagine using Omeka similar to the Molasses flood page, obviously not exactly like the page, but I like the idea of using an artifact and allowing users to click on certain parts and it navigating them to look at my analysis of the page. I feel like Digital Humanities has so much potential to be creative. 

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