Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sep. 26, 2012 – Historiography and Omeka.net

Into week two of my blog, I am progressing along two fronts, as I expect I will throughout this coming year. With regard to my essay, I have become a bit clearer on what sort of work it will be. Professor Miller has suggested I write a historiographical essay showing how existing academic research has changed on the subject of Black history in Canada over time. He also suggests that I consider how academic analysis compares to that of the non-academic world. I will focus on the major works in the academic arena and then do a representative analysis of non-academic work. My hope is that this research will yield interesting items to post on my online exhibition, which brings me to the second front for this project. Professor Graham has suggested that I use the software platform Omeka for my online exhibition. This week we clarified that I will begin by using Omeka.net. It has a smaller selection of functionality than Omeka.org but it will probably be sufficient to get started. At a later date I may find I need to migrate my initial content to the latter platform. In the meantime, I have begun work on a Project Proposal which is due in mid-October.

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Sep. 17, 2012 – Getting Launched

On Monday, Professors Miller and Graham and I met to launch this project.  The focus will be, as the tag line suggests, on the history of Black experience in Canada in the nineteenth century.  At least that’s the plan for now.  It may get more precise as we go along.  This project has two main goals: 1) to conduct a survey of existing academic and non-academic research to date on this topic, and 2) to create a virtual exhibition of some of the research products.  One of the challenges will be to ensure that anything I post is properly cited and/or addresses any necessary copyright restrictions.

So with this blog set up, my first objective is completed.

The next steps will be to create a project proposal and plan, as well as to continue to document my progress through this blog.  I don’t hold out great hopes that anyone will want to read this, besides Professors Miller and Graham – but I’ve never done this before so who knows.

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