Rubric Draft

Data Material and content: Is the content relevant
Visualizations
Presentation
Organization of Interface
Clarity of information
User friendly

1. What technologies does the project use to engage with a humanistic problem?
The project uses encoded documents and images derived from the work of Baroness Freytag-Loringhoven. The project uses image in JPEG format. The authors of the project utilize the software Versioning Machine (VM) 4.0. This is a tool for textual editors to dissect the consequences of editorial decisions. The software allows deep analysis of words, phrases, or complete lines of poetry. It also provided alternative reading or explanation for a given word or phrase.
http://digital.lib.umd.edu/transition/source
http://v-machine.org/

2. What is the humanistic problem that these technologies address?
These technologies uses the poetry of Baroness Freytag-Loringoven as a case study for cultural transitions of little magazines during this time period (1923-1927). The project highlight the dramatic shift in format of conversations and texts during the 1920’s through the early 21st century. The project achieves this by looking at relationships between reception history, material space, and themes.
http://digital.lib.umd.edu/transition/introduction

3. How is the project structured in terms of interface, interactivity, and, to the extent that you can tell, the back-end (ie, data structures and database)?
This project has a basic interface, with associated links and few accessible picture scans. It is very basic. The level of interactivity is somewhat lacking. There is an absence of social media ,making the project isolated. The website has attempted to be interactive but gives no direction for operating interactivity. The data structure consist of dense paragraphs of “relevant” information that is unclear to those outside the field. The database seems organized but is saturated with content but it is useless if one does not have explanation provided. This is not a user friendly site.

4. How is the project supported and what stage is it in?
This project is supported and funded by the Maryland Winnemore Fellowship at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the humanities. All works were from an archive at the University of Maryland and scanned in by the curator of literary manuscripts. We had thought that this project was in its beginning stages due to the lack of clarity and the overall organization, or lack there of organization. Despite this, the project has actually been completed, or near completion.

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