My name is Frank Valtierrez and I am a Senior Economics Major from Fridley, MN. This will be my 2nd year as a Digital Humanities Associate. I definitely enjoyed working as a DHA last year and cannot wait to see what kind of projects we create this year! One of the main reasons I enjoy working as a DHA as it allows me to use the digital skills I possess and also learn new ones that will either be beneficial or even useful to have in the future.
One project I particularly liked while browsing the previous ones is Introduction to Indigenous Histories from 2020. I enjoy this project not only because I helped with the creation but also because the content and the overall look of the website is really well done. The different tools used on the website are also very cool and useful to use such as the timeline and maps.
Regarding the Glass Animals website, I believe the importance of digital scholarship and labeling different files is important for various reasons. One main reason I believe is to know what kind of file you are opening. In my digging around, knowing the extension abbreviations made it easier to navigate the screen even if it was all messy.
Looking at the exhibit we were asked to look at, it appears that the power belongs to those in more fortunate circumstances. Upon going through the entire exhibit, it appears to be missing minorities. It leaves me with the impression that technology was not initially invented to share with others. It makes me hope that in the future, although it’s gotten better, minorities are allowed the same opportunities in technology as other people.
Lastly, I just want to say that I can’t wait to continue working as a DHA this year!
Throughout my first term as a DHA, I have learned about different tools and platforms such as Omeka, WordPress, Overleaf, and many others. Although this term was quite different than others, my work as a DHA definitely allowed me to continue acquiring new skills and furthered my interest in Digital Humanities. One particular project I would like to focus on is the ongoing WordPress site for History 116.
Before this project, my experience and knowledge of WordPress was limited. I am grateful that I received the opportunity to work with knowledgeable peers and supervisors who made my introduction to WordPress seamless and as helpful as possible. During our work on this site, I learned about the many plugins and tools of WordPress. One of the main components/plugins I learned about and worked with on this project was Timeline JS. I was a little confused and lost in my initial attempt at using the plugin but, after playing around with it a little bit I was able to get the hang of it and begin using it to its full potential. Embedding the code for the timeline was also a bit tricky towards the beginning but, after many attempts, I was able not only to implement the timeline but also refigure it and incorporate links to redirect the user to the project pages.
As I look forward to next term, I hope to continue learning and acquiring more skills as throughout my career as a DHA. Lastly, I want to especially thank my peers/co-workers and supervisors for helping me throughout this term with any questions I had. I also want to thank them for providing me excellent advice as to how to approach different projects, I look forward to next term and can not wait to continue contributing and learning more.
Hello! My name is Frank (He/Him) and I am a Junior Economics major. I live in Minneapolis, MN, and am studying remotely from home this term. I am very excited to work with everyone and get to know you all. I enjoy watching sports, listening to music, exercising, and playing video games.