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Onward!

Thanks everyone for your energy and engagement last night. We have a very exciting and diverse range of project to look forward to! As a reminder, the college is closed next week so we do not meet as a class. I encourage you to make alternate arrangements and continue on the tasks listed in your work plan. Please feel free to message me and add me to communication spaces as needed! I will be posting feedback on proposals to our Group page tomorrow, and would like to see a revised proposal with the appropriate research, team member responsibilities, etc around the time we meet again (posted to this site, see schedule). In particular, it will be useful to work on a project narrative that you can eventually post on your front-facing web presence to generate audience interest. Some specifics for each group as you move forward:

Database of Immigrant News

  • Decide on scope ASAP: what time period are you looking at, and why? What immigrant community might best serve as your case study? How many publications and issues are you recording (representative issues, or a certain number of weeks)? 
  • Investigate intellectual property issues if you are planning on publishing any original content (see fair use workshop slides linked below)
  • Consider dealing with a small set of records at first to assess time expenditure (and before you decide on a platform)

Lost Art Collective

  • Agree on clear goals for target audience(s)
  • Articulate the specific contribution that digital technologies make to the gathering of this information
  • Decide on scope ASAP, preferably a single country and/or a single museum archive
  • Since it seems like there are many lists of lost art already, consider other contributions you could make to these communities: e.g. connecting them with lawmarkers, art historians, advocates, etc, or a mapping project of where things are and their historical movements over time

Project T.R.I.K.E.

  • As much as possible, consider diversity from different angles as you research and solicit data: not just different types of datasets, but datasets that offer representation, de-colonize existing archives, or are built by and for local communities
  • Are you considering GitHub rather than a formal website? What are the benefits/challenges to each?
  • How much direct involvement will the original compilers of the dataset have in preparation of the documentation you wish to use in the site for educational purposes?

Freedom Dreaming

  • Reach out to potential contributors to help populate the site and generate interest
  • Consider a data plan that archives contributions as they come in and saves materials off-site
  • Here’s a fair use workshop that just came out of NYCDH (https://t.co/B4xfRCLdbb) and the Creative Commons site
  • Consider (and research) policies for inappropriate content
  • Could there be a plan for k-12 and university partnerships?
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