What Makes a Good DH Project?

Five qualities of a good DH project include:

  1. Goal oriented: Clear specifications of what the project is and the content it creates.
  2. Organized: No one likes a confusing and hard to understand tool they are using for the first time. Therefore, an organized DH project will allow for easier navigation of the website, and using the tool in everyday life situations.
  3. Aesthetically pleasing: If a DH project is dull and boring, chances are people will begin to stray away from it. Therefore, a project must incorporate techniques that will grab users attention right from the start.
  4. Clear citations: Many DH projects are used by researches (especially students who may be writing a paper). Therefore, having clear citations from where information is taken is essential for both legality purposes, and for viewers who also need citations.
  5. Thematic: Each DH project should have a central idea that their website is based on. Having a central theme allows scholars to narrow down which websites they will find useful in their studies, and which they will not.

Besides the five qualities listed above, I believe a good DH project is one that brings scholars to understand the information that is otherwise looked passed. For example, before actually completing the mapping unit, I had never thought of looking up certain streets in Sherlock Holmes to see if they were actual streets. Instead, I just assumed they were. However, DH projects prevent assumption, and prevail actualization. By completing the mapping unit, I was able to see which streets were actually real, and which were falsely created. I also feel that a good DH project will provide scholars with knowledge that they hadn’t known before visiting the website. It is easy to find websites that reiterate what everyone knows, but it is difficult to find websites that teach everyone something new, and have citations to prove it! I have quickly learned that the DH projects and websites we have taken a look at in class have done that very well, which is specifically why I have enjoyed using them.

DH lets scholars ask new questions, because as I mentioned before, every time they go on a DH website, they are learning something they hadn’t known before. Therefore, I can imagine questions such as “Is that true?” or “How have I never used this digital tool before?” have become frequent questions. Not to mention, because DH is relatively just becoming prevalent in the digital world, many DH scholars may question what other DH projects are available to them and how they can use them in their studies. DH projects also allow for peer-to-peer interaction, as well as peer-to-scholar interaction, allowing for everyone to ask questions and have them answered by the DH community.

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