LA Jazz’s evaluation of Detroit’s Scalar project.

 

Using LA’s rubric

Innovation

Engagement

Functionality

Aesthetics

Relevance

Information

Definition:

point of project is clear and stands out from other projects

the user’s interaction with the site

the user’s ability to navigate the site

balance between words and pictures to further project goals

Everything relates back to the thesis (LA, jazz, diversity)

Accurate, up-to-date, well-written information reflective of theme

5 (best)

4

3

2

1 (worst)

Ranking

 

Innovation: By studying Detroit, this project’s aim was distinct from other groups. It also stands out because of its thoughtful “Interactive Map of Detroit Page.” Because they were limited in their capacity to create an additional DH project, they still created an effective page to map out their intentions. It was an innovative method to convey information. 5.

Engagement: If the project had more images, the level of interaction might have been greater. However, by embedding videos within relevant pages, the user can engage with the site better than if it was entirely reliant on text. 4.

Functionality: Considering the limitations of Scalar, the project is extremely user friendly. The site has video embedded in various pages, which is a victory in itself. Furthermore, the subject headings are well-designed to best navigate the information. 5.

Aesthetics: The project relies heavily on text. The group could have considered introducing more pictures to break up the content-heavy presentation. The videos appear at the end of every section, and perhaps the format could have been more inviting if the video was presented in the beginning or middle of the text. 3.

Relevance: The project emphasizes the main purpose throughout. The section headings are a useful tool for sorting out subject matter and addressing its purpose within the project’s overall aims. 5.

Information: The site’s introduction is useful in explaining the different sections of content. In total, the Detroit project offers a thorough analysis of the city’s history, its influence on jazz, and specific examples of these influences. Each section is very readable and informative. Importantly, the information relies on notable sources and properly credits outside sources. 5.

 

Using Detroit’s Rubric

 

Data Material and Content: The content is relevant and full of appropriate quotations. 5.

Visualization: There is a limited quantity of images to balance the large amount of text. The majority of images exist on Scalar’s side-panels or on a screenshot from an interview. The project might be improved by better integrating more related historical imagery. This is especially noteworthy in sections like Jazz Locations, where specific images could create important historical context. 3.

Presentation: The project offers interaction in the form of embedded video. Considering the difficulty in manipulating Scalar, this is an important accomplishment. Otherwise, there are limited alternative interactive features. 4.

Organization of Interface: The website is extremely organized. Each sub-section is labeled with a relevant title.The image and video archives also allow easy access for the viewer. It would be nice if the images were scattered throughout, in addition to existing in a repository. 5.

Equitable Representation: The “Race in Detroit” section offers a well-articulated understanding of race’s impact on the city and on digital humanities. The consideration of race as a social construct is especially thoughtful. 5.

Purpose: The purpose is clear and thoughtful. It’s goals are organized and carefully articulated on the main page, and on the different sub-sections. The website’s purpose will make a useful addition to the Fillius Jazz Archives. 5.

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