Modules

0: Getting Started

Welcome to AHIS596! This page will be your main resource for the class. The semester is laid out in weekly modules. I recommend checking in here each Monday to orient yourself to the week’s work. This week is an introduction, focused on: Getting to know each other Getting set up for the rest of the semester Getting oriented for ...

1: Discussion Starter

This week you’re working with your discussion group! To give you all time to work with your discussion groups, I have cleared this week’s schedule to give you time to read, meet, and record your discussion starter. This week we will Learn some basics about data and spreadsheets Work with our discussion groups Module Outline Module Outline Tasks Wednesday agenda Reading Watch: What is Data Lesson: ...

2: Humanities, Digitally

Where is history on the web and how’d it get there? This week we’re thinking about the pieces that make up the internet, and how to put stuff on it. This week we will: Think about what mass digitization means for the historical profession Think about what we can and can’t know as historians and why Learn how to “read” ...

3: Thinking with Data

Welcome to programming! We’ve done a bit of coding with our Basic HTML and CSS assignment–now we’re going to do programming! Programming means writing a stand alone program to do a task. HTML and CSS use code that is run by a separate program to display a webpage, but this week we’re going to ...

4: Getting Data

How do we find data? For this class, I’ve curated a collection of datasets that I know will work well for the kinds of questions historians ask for our final projects. But once you leave class, you won’t always have nicely curated data at your fingertips! Sometimes you’ll have to find it on your ...

5: Using Data

So now what? We can read data, fetch data, and extend data — so what do we do with it? In this module we’ll start working with data visualization and start thinking about what we can do with it. This week we’ll: Understand the basics of reading different kinds of data visualization Learn the different modes of conveying ...

6: Breather

We’re halfway there! You made it! The semester is half done and we’ve covered a lot of ground. This week: Take a break Catch up on anything you want to review more fully Look ahead to see where we’re going There are no assigned tasks or discussion this week. I will be available during our regular Wednesday ...

7: Networks

Life is full of connections! Networks are a particular kind of data that look deceptively simple. Human lives are full of relationships with others, and communities and identities are often defined through relationships between people. But how do we understand these connections historically, and how do we analyze them? In this module, we will: Think about ...

8: Maps

Where are we going? The spatial turn is one of the largest shifts in the field in the last several decades. How do we make sense of state, city, county, or other spatial data, and what do we do with it? This week we will: Think about the underlying theory of map making and map reading Understand cultural ...

9: Work

Final project time! This week, and the next three weeks, is your time to work on your final project. I will post some suggested tasks for you in each module, but your time is yours to work on your final project. Your time is your own for the rest of the semester. You should have ...

10: Work

Final project time! This week is your time to work on your final project. I will post some suggested tasks for you in each module, but your time is yours to work on your final project. This week I suggest: Making a first draft of all the visualizations you’re thinking about. This will identify early where ...

11: Work

Final project time! This week is your time to work on your final project. I will post some suggested tasks for you in each module, but your time is yours to work on your final project. This week I suggest: Finalize the visualizations you’ll include in your final project Review chapters 17-25 of Fundamentals of Data Visualization on information ...

12: Work

Final project time! This is your final work week before presenting! Next week we will present and comment on each other’s work in our own mini conference. You’ll have time to work on your project after receiving feedback from me and your peers, but this is your last week to prepare before presenting. This week ...

13: UnConference

We made it! It’s the end of the semester and it’s time to celebrate! This week we will host our very own virtual conference. In the spirit of scholarly conversation, this means you can present work in progress or work that is near completion. Wednesday agenda Guidelines Tasks Reading Wednesday agenda During our Wednesday meeting, we’ll troubleshoot any questions and issues ...