Archive Presentations Instructions

Instructions:

In your group, prepare a 10-minute long presentation on the digital archive you selected from the following list:

“Old Bailey Online”

(http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/)

“Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures & Contexts”

(http://www.nineteenthcenturydisability.org/)

“Songs of the Victorians”

(http://www.songsofthevictorians.com)

“Sherlockian.Net”

(http://www.sherlockian.net)

Due: In class, November 5th.

Your presentation should give your classmates a holistic understanding of the purpose of the archive and how it is used. It should answer the following questions:

  1. Background: What subject/theme unifies the items in the archive? Why is that theme/subject important? How is this archive useful? What’s gained by having it be a digital archive instead of a physical archive?
  2. Object Details: What kinds/types of objects are included in the archive, and how many objects are there? What information is included about each object (metadata)? Why is that information important? How is the archive organized (g. time period, genre, book)?
  3. Archive Team: Who built this archive, how big a team was it, and where is the site hosted? Who is the intended audience for this project (g. researchers, students, the general public?)? What academic fields (e.g. English, History) can learn from this archive?  Check this list of academic fields to answer that final question.
  4. Design: How does a user navigate the archive? Is everything searchable? What colors and images does it include, and how do those colors/images reflect the theme/subject of the site? How was the site built (e.g. what technology does the site use)?

Your presentation should have a coherent structure: for example, one person could address the archive background and the object details, and the second person can explain the archive team and design. Regardless of how you structure your talk, each person in your group should be responsible for a section and should talk an equal amount. This should be a polished presentation, so make sure to figure out the order in which each group member should speak.

 Presentation Grading Rubric:

Element Exemplary Proficient Partially Proficient Unsatisfactory
Score 4 3 2 1
Participation All group members participate equally All group members participate Some group members participate Only 1-2 group members participate
Clarity All group members are clear and easy to understand Most group members are clear and easy to understand Some group members are clear and easy to understand Only 1-2 group members are clear and easy to understand
Organization Information is presented in a clear, organized way Information is presented in a mostly organized way Some parts of the presentation are organized Information is presented in a disorganized way
Addressing Assignment Presentation addresses the questions on the assignment sheet Presentation addresses some of the questions on the assignment sheet Presentation barely addresses the questions on the assignment sheet Presentation does not address the questions on the assignment sheet
Examples Presentation includes many specific examples from the website Presentation includes some specific examples from the website Presentation barely includes specific examples from the website Presentation does not include specific examples from the website

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