It was my second fall term as a DHA at Carleton. During the first half of the term, I spend my time working together with other new DHAs to instruct them how to navigate WordPress sites. As it was the beginning of the term, we also worked on cleaning up outdated information and link within the DH domains. Because there was a huge site migration from old sites to other ones during the summer, we also checked the broken links using a link checker page by page.
During the second half of the term, working with Grace and Frank, I mainly helped the HIST116 project with creating and setting a WordPress site. I started with customizing the site appearance including its color scheme, font, and so on. I especially enjoyed deciding on colors, because depending on colors, the site’s impression could change completely. Regarding the site structure, we decided to use pages instead of posts to put content created by students. Because the professor wanted the site sorted by just a theme of content–not by a category–we thought pages would work better by attributing each page to a parental page linked to one theme.
For the next term, I’m looking forward to collaborating with other DHAs and exploring new tools!
Hello! My name is Miyuki (she/her) and I am a junior History major and Philosophy minor from Tokyo, Japan. This is going to be my second year as a Digital Humanities Associate, and I’m excited to work on more DH projects!
As a History major with a strong interest in Public History, I have taken several history courses with digital projects at Carleton, and I’m passionate about thinking how technology can foster humanities. In the last year, I worked on projects using mainly WordPress and Omeka, so I’m hoping to tackle other tools to develop my DH skills this year.
In my spare time, I love creating art, taking photos, and strolling in the Arb.
During the fall term 2019, I’ve been working on the WordPress site and updating the Carleton DHA page.
In the former project, collaborating with professors from the Classics Department, I created CHIANTI site, a WordPress site. To add and organize various contents, I used several plugins: Elementor to organize the content pages, Shortcodes and List category posts to order posts sorted by categories on a page, Document Embedder to convert language learning sources to be downloadable, Smart Slider to use a video carousel on the student portal page, and Pods Admin to create a submission form for faculties.
In the course of arranging and refining the site, I realized some tips which would be helpful when creating websites at another time. I’ll write them down for future use.
Clarify the audience and objects of the website.
When you get stuck, google for the troubleshooting first. There is maybe somebody who is in the same situation and already asked similar questions.
Be careful about the consistency – theme colors, fonts, font sizes……
When you are not sure which plugin to use, see their review, download numbers, the latest update date.
If you create a website and then yield control over it to the third party, make sure to create a concise and easy to follow instructional document. (preferably with some screenshots as needed) This is actually a great way to keep information in one place, such as the theme colors and fonts.
Finally, although there is a lot more to mention, communicating with partners/clients is crucial to improve the website closer to what they expect.
Regarding updating the Carleton DHA page, with permission to access and edit the page, I mainly updated the DH members for this year and the past projects. Updating past projects especially required some important things to keep in mind: 1) Use visually eye-catching screenshots of the project, 2) Check the copyright of the image within the screenshots, 3) Avoid controversial contents/images publishing on the web, 4) Make sure that private information is hidden.
As you’ve seen, I spent most of the time working with WordPress. For the next term, I hope I’ll be working with other types of digital tools.
I finished a week of Digital Humanities training and here is what I think of Digital Humanities now……
Digital Humanities is interdisciplinary and involves a variety of information and tools. Through the training, I found Digital Humanities more interesting and harder to grasp the whole concept of itself, and it keeps me thinking of its unlimited possibilities.
Finally, my hashtag for the training is……#packingforanewadventure. I’m excited about exploring the world of Digital Humanities!
Hi, my name is Miyuki, a sophomore and a potential History and Studio Art double major from Tokyo, Japan. This is my first year working as a Digital Humanities Associate. I am interested in the relationship between history and people/society, and I think that Digital Humanities enables us to find a variety of ways to interact with history and it encourages us to think of a better society. I am excited to push myself into this field and learn new digital skills to combine with my academic interests.
Besides the associate, I have been working on managing a blog to share experiences of studying abroad with Japanese students as a co-manager of students’ organization.
In my leisure time, I love drawing, painting, taking photographs, listening to music, and singing, and traveling. Besides, I belong to the Carleton Orchestra and play the viola.