Cells are the building blocks of life itself, the essence of every single human on this planet. Just as cells create us, DH projects are similar in that they have key blocks that are necessary to create a ‘life’. These blocks are called the front end and the back end, the front end is essentially the polished finished external view that is presented to the public eyes of the scholarly world. However, the back end is made up of servers, browsers, databases, search engines, processing programs and networks as well as the user experience; as I read on the article. “ Analysis of DH Projects.”
A, B and C, or as they are known globally, the ABCs of the alphabet. These letters come together to create words, words are essential to everyone involved in the world of digital humanity regardless of their expertise. Communication is important, words come together to create communication whether it be good, bad, explanations or directions, words create. At the beginning , middle and end of every project or task, Trevor Owens, in his article “Please Write it Down: Design and Research in Digital Humanities”; frequent mention is made to the importance of proper documentation of projects. Documentation serves as a guide for the next step, looking back on past steps taken and many more reasons. Without documentation, did we really do that thing? Did Mae Carol Jemison really become the first person of color to travel in space back in 1992? Words are a digital humanists most reliable tool and over the course of this class I hope to develop this tool of mine through reading and observation. Writing is an important part of any process.
Beginning this journey to becoming a digital humanist, my peers and I will be exposed to various tools to use, this includes various software such as Omeka. Omeka provides open-source web publishing platforms for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits.