non-textual sources!

As a cultural historian, I tend to work a lot with non-textual sources (photographs! television! reenactment!**) and I’ve thought a lot in the past how this might translate into the digital in a way that would invite engagement from my students. Yesterday, I was very interested in ThingLink, and am already planning on ways that I might annotate images for my students. I’m equally interested in Scalar precisely because of the ability to annotate not only images, but also moving images (at the same time though, our good discussion today made me a bit wary of Scalar’s citation issues…always good to keep evaluation). Something I’d like to see is a platform that allows annotation from multiple sources–something like the Soundcloud example from class, or perhaps YouTube. I’d certainly use this in class assignments (relatedly, I’m hoping to get introduce iPads into my gen ed survey class this semester and already have had all kinds of plans for primary source analysis group activities), but today got me thinking about how non-textual sources might figure into my larger project, the database of Illinois state and local history primary sources. Perhaps a kind of user collaboration? Is there a way to plug this into Omeka? Excited to find out…

**here’s a tangent: I’ve been thinking a lot about how one might represent or document embodied performance in the digital…

 

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