The last link detailing the battle of Fredericksburg is highly interactive, displaying primary sources from the battle itself. The website details the battle through a correspondence between a two people, using these letters as a platform to detail the Battle of Fredericksburg in a geospatial manner. It uses the sources as a tool to understand troop movements across the terrain of Fredericksburg. Inventing the map with neat line is less interactive, but gives clean and concise background information that aids in research. It argues cultural history through the education of women utilizing maps and graphics. The website also ties in background information with the different maps, while it seems MyLittleNelly requires the reader to have their own background information of the battle to easily manipulate the site. Secondly the battle is portrayed through a correspondence, therefore it may not be factual. This website aggregates multiple neatline maps, while MyDearNelly is one specific NeatLineMap. The Fredericksburg map could be strengthened by providing background historical information to give weight to the correspondence. Secondly the map should have some sort of directionality, maybe through a chronology of the letters. The NeatLineMap should provide some means of a narrative to outline whether this new form of female education was useful.
The map of the Tehran protests focuses less on the map itself as a teaching tool, but couples the map links and videos to better explain the spatial arguments being made. The spatial arguments revolve around an urban setting congested with angry protesters. Hypercities utilizes Google maps, which is a modern interface while MyLittleNelly uses historic maps of Fredericksburg. These two modes of visualization are strikingly different, but are both able to convey their particular spatial arguments. The NeatLine argument allowed for manipulation, which heightened the interactive aspect of the website. Therefore we preferred the NeatLine interface. The hypercities website is able to display the scope of the protests in Tehran, teaching the viewers about the magnitude of social upheaval occurring in the city over time. It would have been nice if we did not need to download a Google plugin. This limited the accessibility of the website, and decreased the sites efficiency as a teaching tool. The zoomed in view of the protests were pixelated and not easy to view. The website should have provided some background context and information to the protests, possibly through a coverage before the interactive segment of the site.
Once again we needed to download a plugin to view the site, which limited the sites accessibility and aggravated its users. The website took seemingly forever to load and interface, which once again pissed off its users. That being said we did not get to experience the site and assess its qualities.
Will Driscoll, Sara Berthiaume, Alessandria Dey, Aj Santos