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I learned how to use wordpress, which is a very useful and popular tool. While I was already familiar with the gmu library page for archives and science journals, this course has offered more practice. I had embedded content on a website for the first time during this class. In addition, I learned of the value of creating a website. Thanks to this class, I have created a website for the first time. The timeline assignment was also good practice for online web design software. As a group, we collaborated together using google slides, while logging data in a spreadsheet. As a nursing major, this assignment relates to healthcare database administration. I might have to log handwritten data into a computer, in an organized manner. This class was also good practice for online research. There were also many useful resources that were shared during the class; that could be used…

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Representing primary sources as data can help observers comprehend the information associated with the source. For example, for our most recent project, we were instructed to log historical data of donations made in the late 18th century and early 19th century. Organizing the information as data would help readers comprehend the text more easily. Some people may have difficulty reading the original cursive handwriting. In addition, having the data logged into a spreadsheet helps people notice trends and make associations within the dataset. For example, multiple donations listed by the same donor could be split into multiple pages in the primary source. However, when placing data in a spreadsheet, related content can be output on the same page. The donor data could be displayed in graphs that focus on given variables. For example, graphs could be used to visualize the location of origin of the donors. They could also be…

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The historical marker that I chose is near the intersection of Hunter mill road and Chain Bridge road, in the Reston/Vienna area. The marker was a channel for troops representing both the union and the confederate armies. Water and farmland were available to support the troops. There were local farmers that personally supported either the confederate or union soldiers. Due to the support of both sides of the conflict, there was tension in the region. Due to the popularity of foraging in this region, from both armies, the land was damaged. The harm to the fertility of the soil lasted for decades. Food extraction diminishes soil fertility, so the soil needs time to recover from the foraging of at least several dozen troops.  I chose this historical marker for a few reasons. First of all, the proximity to my home is convenient. In addition, I find the landscape to be…

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The 3 principles of tidy data are that each variable forms a column, each observation forms a row, and that each type of observational unit forms a table. The intent of the tidy data methodology is to make information appear more legible. This would be useful for gathering historical data. For example, in class, we created a spreadsheet listing data regarding old death certificates. Properly labeling different categories of data is useful for being able to easily read the data. There may also be circumstances where different columns could be merged into one; for the purpose of simplicity. Likewise, some researchers may prefer to have additional categories, for the purpose of detail. So the organization of data is subjective, to some extent. The tidy data set report is a guideline, but not a strict requirement. The content does raise a lot of interesting questions about different scenarios. For example, there…

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Copyright and licenses are important concepts to acknowledge. If one does not comply with copyright and license agreements, then they are liable for a lawsuit. Plagiarism has certainly always been a risk for students, but copyright and license infringement are greater risks. With these concepts in mind, consulting parties associated with a historical topic may be an important tactic for respecting any rules or regulations that relate to the topic of interest. Ownership of online content is another potential barrier for research.  Privacy is a very interesting and relevant topic in this era. Scenarios relating to this subject have surprising implicaitons. For example, there is ambiguity associated with whether or not a social media account is considered to be personal property. I would think that the profiles belong to the organization, not the individual, but people may believe otherwise. This scenario is relevant to anyone that might use historical information…

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My name is Everett Phoenix, which is a flamboyant name, for lack of a better term. With that in mind, a google search of my name displays the results of plane tickets; from Everett, Washington, to Phoenix, Arizona. The search also displays local businesses with the name ‘phoenix’. I do appreciate the level of privacy allotted with the results. That being said, I am not a location, nor a plane ticket, nor a local business.   A website may improve my digital presence in a number of ways. The website would certainly help to spread awareness of my digital presence. People that notice the website may reach out for job opportunities; as websites are a good resource for contact information. They can also be used to share any work or content that a user may have already created. In addition, employers might notice the website when considering a job application. Many…

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