Digital Methodology


Digital Methodology

In this project, you'll combine the content of a suggested task from a "Digital Methodology" from (please choose from "Networks", "Image Visualization", or "Text Analysis") with some skills in coding HTML to produce a webpage that shares the findings of your project's research in a web-based essay.

Learning Goals

  • Learn how to install, use, and compare software for the purpose of analyzing culture and cultural artifacts
  • Learn how to write HTML in order to create an effective web design

Choosing a Module

The characteristic that links all of the Digital Methodology modules is an emphasis on using software to investigate problems and answer questions. For example, scholars used software to prove with reasonable certainty that conspiracies about Shakespeare not actually writing his plays are probably not true.

In other cases, the answers won't be so forensic or straightforward. Instead, the output of software will simply look interesting.

Look at the examples in each of the three modules recommended for this assignment: "Networks", "Image Visualization" and "Text Analysis", and choose one of these modules' suggested tasks to work toward. It's OK to experiment with tools and tasks before you make a final decision.

Write it Up

Run your analysis or analyses, and draft a short essay (~300 words) in which you discuss the outcome of your analysis or any conclusions you can draw about the work or body of work you analyzed.

This essay should be written in an academic but accessible style that demonstrates proper use of the conventions of the English language (grammar and spelling).

Design it for the Web

Choose which media will help your essay make its point more clearly: images, video embeds, or links to datasets, and draw a thumbnail sketch for your webpage . I recommend using a pencil and paper, but some people like to work in PowerPoint or a Google Drawing. This thumbnail should be small, but it should display the relative locations of text, images, and anything else within the shape of your page.

This sketch will give you an idea of what you're working toward when you start coding your webpage.

Code it for the Web

Throughout the week, learn and practice some HTML code using Codecademy, W3Schools, or whatever method you like.

Eventually, you should have a webpage you've built from scratch (i.e., typed in the code by hand) that use HTML and CSS well to present your project's findings and analysis.

At a minimum, your page should include

  • A title
  • Several paragraphs of text including
    • A description of your process
    • Any conclusions you can draw from your process
  • Images and/or embedded media
  • Links to related resources
  • Citations and links to your sources

Share it on the Web

Using your File Manager or an FTP client, host your webpage somewhere on your website, share the URL with us in Slack, and write a blog post reflecting on and linking to your project. This is all due by Midnight Sunday, July 22nd.