Christopher A. Warren, ODH-SUG Level II Proposal (DRAFT)

My biggest concern is my technological cluelessness. I’m playing around with Omeka but I fear my final project will be nothing more than a few pics and videos as my exhibit. Nevertheless when it comes to my grant proposal I have no idea what to put in the “work plan” section and the data management plan. I could use some help on everything else too, but those two parts I’m out in the dark.

My ODH-SUG Level II Proposal draft is here:

C. Warren – ODH-SUG Level II Proposal DRAFT


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3 responses to “Christopher A. Warren, ODH-SUG Level II Proposal (DRAFT)

  1. johngarnett100

    I’ve read over your proposal and a couple things jumped out at me:

    – For the narrative, you discuss the history of the subject of the site. I’m not sure that this fits into a proposal? I’d be interested to know if you want to outline your subject so extensively, or if you want to use the narrative to discuss the many aspects of the project. So maybe rather than explaining a debate over nuclear weapons, you’d explain how you want to uniquely present the debate? Maybe you can combine the historical narrative with explanation of how it will be presented on your site. So all debates might be audio and you then want video mixed in or something? I really don’t know if that is what the proposal is about(if so I need to rewrite mine!), but I wouldn’t change it until we are sure what “narrative” entails. I’d maybe shorten it a little and explain more conceptually how the site will be.

    – The Enhancing humanities section really does a good job explaining why the project is important, and I really am on board with it. I especially like the idea of following individual soliders which is a great way to personalize the site and make it more engaging.

    – Environmental Scan: Do you want to include sites on which your site will be modeled structurally? Good job locating sites contentwise(reminds me I need to do a little more research into that), but I think you might find some sites you like and or sites with features you want on your site and include those.

    – For the Work Plan, I literally just envisioned how much work should be done at every stage. You might think up a planned schedule in which all content is digitized in year one and then the site is built in year two. I look at it as a work schedule with deliverables and when you would want things done.

    – Data Management: I think we don’t have to worry about this.

    Overall I like the idea of your project, but I think maybe the best thing to do would be to look over websites you admire or archives and find the features you like from them and then model your site after those. So you might take the layering of a site like Deerfield and combine it with the ascetics and scrolling exhibits of the Price of Freedom site, coupled with the archive/collections set up of a site like the UNC library’s southern history site. You don’t have to know how to do any of the stuff, just figure out what you like and what will be important for your site. I struggled with coming up with a structure for my site and am still just canvassing sites hoping I can pick up bits and pieces I want.

    Please let me know if any of this is unclear! It was very longwinded partially because reading your content driven proposal got me to thinking about where my proposal is lacking.

  2. Christopher,

    In reading your proposal, I am intrigued by how you want to provide your audience with a virtual tour that chronicles the debate on chemical warfare. Your topic is unique and, given current events, a relevant one as well. Equally important, your decision to offer a virtual tour will give your audience an opportunity to “feel” the tension surrounding this debate, allowing them to gain a heightened awareness to the intricacies on whether or not nations during the interwar period should engage in chemical warfare. In the process, your audience can transfer the lessons learned to current debates surrounding the use of weapons of mass destruction.

    One element I enjoyed was allowing users to follow an individual soldier. As John pointed out, this personalizes your project with your audience, allowing them to “feel” the history. This is an excellent element to your project. However, if your project seeks to provide a balanced debate over the use of chemical weapons, do you believe the personalized nature of following each soldier may undermine the balance you are trying to establish? If so, what elements can you incorporate into your project that can reestablish the balance you are seeking?

    I feel your Environmental Scan does a very good job in outlining the websites that explore chemical use, but also in highlighting how your project will be different. In reading your proposal, and going through the websites you provided, I got a strong sense that chemical warfare, in general and during the First World War, has been incorporated as a secondary issue. However, your project will bring chemical warfare and its debate to the forefront of historical discussion. That is what will differentiate your project from others, enriching the overall discussion.

    Furthermore, I like how you want to present your project in a manner that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. This will definitely help you connect your project to your community. Equally, if not more, important, you are producing your project at a time that coincides with a major anniversary. Your project will be the focus of increased media attention, which will net additional viewers to your project. In essence, as Cohen and Rosenzweig point out, you will be doing a great job in promoting your website and getting the word out to your audience and the public as a whole.

    I think you can improve your work plan by providing a timetable as to when each step of your project will be completed, from day one to July 28th. I had trouble developing my work plan; however, John’s proposal helped provide me with ideas on how I can improve that section. As he pointed out in his comments, you can envision how much work can be done at each stage and when you feel the work should be completed. I envision a timeline that begins in 2012 and ends on July 28, 2014, with deadlines and goals established in between.

    Lastly, do you plan on incorporating any organizational structure that will break down your source material by subject (i.e. military, diplomatic, political), country, and time frame? Your proposal shows that you will have a wealth of primary source material to work from, and it may be helpful to have search functions that can help users navigate your website.

    I enjoyed reading your proposal, and think that you have a strong topic to cover. Your digital project will heighten the significance regarding the debate over chemical weapons, which is of current and long-term relevance. I look forward to seeing how your project develops over time and how it appears as a finished project.


  3. This is a good idea, especially on the content hook. As I suggested in class, you probably need a little bit more detail about the perspectives/evidence and the way that you’ll suit it to your audience. You can do this with a careful walk through of the site experience. Also, in setting up the perspectives, some endnotes that point to the key literature on the subject would help enormously to prove your humanities significance. Finally, we probably need more specific details about the technology you plan to use — capitalize on existing tools.

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