Our Rubric:


Visual Appeal

* Pleasing to eye

* Images are well connected to information

* Balance of images, video, and text

* Visually draws in the audience

* High-quality images and editing



* Ability of the reader to identify and understand each part of the project and the overall purpose



* Information conveyed in logical manner

* Language and grammar up to academic standards

* Information in each section flows coherently

* Paths between pages are connected and easily navigated



* Logic in order of each page and links

* Headings make sense with information presented in each section

* Images are directly tied to the text



* Reader is engaged but not overwhelmed

* Reader has the ability to utilize videos and tools within the book



* Project uses reliable primary and secondary sources

* Each source is properly annotated

* Videos from Fillius Jazz Archive are properly edited and cited

* All images are from Creative Commons and are properly cited

* Each interview has a biography associated with it

* All required sections are present and accessible



* The project addresses the development of jazz in a city while simultaneously exploring the influence of race and diversity within the jazz community

* The project addresses the pressing issue of race and diversity in Digital Humanities


Considering these categories and how our project executed them, please rank on a scale of 1-10.


With the above categories in mind, we gave this project a 10 (10 being the highest ranking). Our Jazz Mecca: the Story of New York City had a clean and simple layout that was easy to follow but was also visually attractive. The information was clear and well organized since each subject contained its own path which led the viewer through all of the information. The videos were well dispersed throughout the project, making it less textually oriented and the project was very interactive. Both the timeline and the map went above and beyond in terms of using an outside DH method and added to the overall impact of the project.

New York’s Rubric:






-Functionality of technology or platform

-Fails to meet basic functional needs

-Provides a platform that is understandable and functions

-Functionality of platform is easily usable

-Functionality of platform runs with no flaws

Visual Presentation

-Balance between text and images


-Does not present information in simplistic manner

-No balance, over emphasis on one or more element

-Presents information

-Balance between text and image

-Provides a visual experience

-No overly complicated aspects

-Visually captivating layout

-Simplistic and engaging

-Optimal balance


– Humanistic purpose


– Information conveyed

-Humanistic purpose is non existent

-Fails to convey information clearly

-Hints of a humanistic purpose

-Hard to understand information presented

-A understandable humanistic purpose

-Information is understandable

-Humanistic purpose is clear and concise

-Information is well presented and clear


– Teaching ability

-Fails to make the user to perform actions

-User performs minimalistic action

-User interacts with platform

-User is fully interactive with platform, further engages involvement


-Ability to navigate

– Fluidity


– User friendly

-Project is not navigationable

-Time delay

-No fluidity or order

-User may get lost while navigating

-Minimal fluidity

-Some order

-User can navigate

-Actions flow well

-Clear order

-Operations flow smoothly and flawlessly

-Clear and concise order


– Meaningful insight or a novel perspective

– Project is bland and unoriginal

– Project mostly re-treads old territory but attempts to present new ideas

– Project proposes new ideas or has a new viewpoint but is focused on traditional material

– The project breaks new ground by providing substantive insight or a wholly unique viewpoint

We gave this project a 4 in each category. In addition to the previously mentioned strengths we found using the other rubric, we thought they met their own specific goals of being “simplistic and engaging” and enabling the user to be “fully interactive with the platform.” Furthermore, this rubric successfully measured the idea of inclusivity which their scalar book accomplished by including new viewpoints. The incorporation of the interviews was something our group felt put Our Jazz Mecca: the Story of New York City into the 4 category. By utilizing the Fillius Jazz Archive, the group was able to incorporate a completely new viewpoint that separates this particular project from previous archives related to jazz and New York.


Samantha, Will, Dre, James, and John

Peer Review of New York City

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