On how people read the web….

Don’t miss this chapter from Steve Krug’s Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (2005, 2nd Edition).

Chapter 2: “How We really Use the Web”

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Grant Review Rubric

Here is the Grant Review Rubric for your comments on your work. Please email it back to me when you’ve filled it out.

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Grant Application Reflection Questions

Take a few minutes to reflect and answer the following questions about your projects. Please post the answers to your blog.

  • What is your inquiry question?
  • What do you want your users to learn?
  • What is your methodological stance?
  • How does your design work to support these goals?
  • What new things do you need to learn?
  • How will you go about learning these things?
  • What is the rational for the decisions you’re making about source choices (by type, collection, time period, etc.)?
  • What questions remain for you to provide a convincing grant application?
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Odds and Ends

First, someone left a Dell power cord in the conference room. It is waiting for you at the reception desk in CHNM.

Second, the domain size for 911DA came out at just under 24GB. Not all of the 150,000 items are there, but that’s about half of the collection — obviously, the smaller stuff.

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Adapted Guidelines

I’ve published the Google Doc of Start-up Grant guidelines that we worked with last week.  You can use it for reference as you critique and revise your grant proposals.

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Technical Resources at GMU

You should check out the new website for the GMU STAR-Lab.  You have complete access to this hardware and software for use with your projects.

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Feed Bundle

If you would like, you can subscribe to the bundle of feeds for the class.

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Readability

Those of you who may be concerned about the difficulties of reading so much on the web might want to consider adding the Readability extension to your browser.  It will make your long readings all uniform in format.

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Welcome to Clio Wired I

This website will be the central location for our work together this semester. Please familiarize yourself with the Course Details, the Schedule, and the Projects description. Together, we will make our way through these readings, sites, and tools as we work to build a baseline of familiarity with the field of digital history and its methods.

By the end of class tonight, we will start to connect the list of students to your “Works in Progress” sites, and then the fun really begins!

But first, take this brief survey.

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