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Digital History Project Reviews

The 2019 Rosenzweig Prize Recipient winners Robert K. Nelson, Justin Madron, Nathaniel Ayers, and Edward Ayers website, American Panorama: An Atlas of United States History is a great example of what technology can do to help the field of history expand its reaches to the world and modernize ways of sharing information. The site is simple but appealing, while at first it might seem odd or concerning that there is no form of a search engine or any pages, once you scroll down the information is all available. It is all well labeled and does not make it hard to either find a specific page or to explore what is available. Underneath the actual content of the site is more information about the purpose and creation of the site. Considering the fact that the site is only one page and simple in set up it is effective and appealing.

The site Valley of the Shadow is a decent site but does quickly show its age the second the site is open. The setup of the pages is very basic and the site does not have certain features that are common on more modern sites, such as the ability to click the site’s title at the top of the page and be taken to the home page. While the blueprint style of searching is a nice feature in thought it does make moving between pages somewhat of a struggle and there is an overwhelming amount of links to click on to actually get to any pertinent information. While the purpose of the site is good it could use an update.

The site Emile Davis Diaries does seem to be older, it does not seem to be as old as Valley of the Shadows. Despite being a bit older in appearance, the site is appealing and relatively easy to navigate. It is a nice touch that when hovering over the numbered tabs at the top of the page dates appear, which helps a user have a better idea of how the information is sorted. While the page could use a few stylistic updates it is still functional and not overly confusing.

The site Black Women’s Suffrage does have a more modern look to it compared to the past two sites reviewed. The site is appealing and it is easy to search through to find specific information. It is a bit more of a complex site when it comes to all of the information that is being offered, there are a number of links and pages to go; however, this does also show that the site is a more current site that is being monitored and updated by the creators.

Using all of the information that I have found while looking at these different sites there are a few points that I will make sure to take into consideration with my group’s site. From what I have seen the sites that are simple when it comes to organization and appearance are not only easier the site will be to use but will have a more timeless look (to the best it can) and not become overly dated in the future.

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  1. Hi Alyssa! I had pretty similar thoughts about the diaries website. It is definitely much more visually engaging and appealing, and really uses the website format to its advantage when presenting information that could easily be overwhelming. It is definitely functional and serves its purpose very well, though I honestly was not bothered by the more aged appearance. In a way I thought it added to the vintage appeal of it. I also checked out the Black Women’s Suffrage website, and I agree that it was definitely the most modern of the websites. I look forward to seeing what you pull from other websites when you are constructing your own project!

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