Digital Tools

DH 6012 – Collaborative WordPress Website

116105679 – Alison de Paor

Local Aglish Heritage




DH 6012  Editing skills – Screen shots

Alison de Paor – Student Number: 116105679

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Example of HTML – My Thesis


Example of XML – George Orwell’s : Animal Farm






DH 6014  Digital skills – Screen shots

Alison de Paor – Student Number: 116105679

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Example of HTML – My Thesis


Example of XML – George Orwell’s : Animal Farm



Example of Omeka – Heritage Collection

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DH6014   Digital Skills – Reflection on Digital Tools

Alison de Paor – Student Number :116105679

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I have been introduced to several digital tools over the last twelve weeks and to say it has been an eye opener is putting it mildly!  There seems to be a software package to help make up various sections of any document or project or thesis.  It is something that is new to me and I have really enjoyed stepping inside this whole new world.  Some tools I have experimented with more than others but as I progress through my thesis adventure I’m hoping to become familiar with most of them, here’s to being optimistic and curious!  This is a little run down of some of the tools I have been getting aquainted with.



HTML is Hypertext Markup Language and this is the information held in a web page.  Every webpage is made with HTML it holds the page together and contains the information, the graphics and content.  It basically specifies how your page will look and what it does.

I found this to be a different language when I was first introduced to HTML.  But I could see straight away the benefit of being able to speak that language.  Although I probably will never be fluent a bit of ‘pigeon’ HTML would be great!  You can rearrange how your page looks with a few swift changes in the markup language, it would save you a lot of time and effort when presenting a webpage or thesis.  It is a piece of the internet and web puzzle that is an invaluable tool.  And I will endeavour to learn as much as I can while the opportunity presents itself.



XML eXtensible Markup Language is a way of organising and classifying data.  It uses tags to label, catagorise and organise information in a specific way. It is flexible in that you can create your own mark up to suit your data.  It has become very popular as you can exchange data in many different forms and over the internet.  You can send information to different locations and change how it looks on each device.  XML separates the data from the content, it only defines the structure of the document not how to display it.  You can add ‘styles’ for displaying the content and they can be changed without changing the XML document.

I found this a bit easier to understand but maybe that was because I had a baptisim with the HTML! I found it led onto the XML nicely and I could see the usage of it compared to HTML and how it varied and could compliment it.  The idea was to catalogue or organise books or a menu and I found it really helped by visualising the order you wanted to see it appear in.  That generally helped when entering the information.  Its flexible and can help to style your document and make it easier to view depending on what kind of device you are using or how you want it displayed.



Omeka is open source software that is used for collecting material to make a catalogue or collection.  People have used this software to collect materials related to historical events and on going ones.  It originated out of the Roy Rozenweig Center to collect and preserve pictures, images, stories etc.  Now anyone can build their own catalogue of information and preserve it for posterity.

I have played around a bit with Omeka and found it useful and think it would be good for my thesis when building my catalogue of historical and cultural sites around Aglish.  I watched a few utube videos when I got stuck and found that once you remember the sequence when entering the data, and importantly hitting the save button, – it went quite smoothly, although I still haven’t managed to rotate one image!  But I look forward to using this a bit more and it could come in very useful in my thesis.



Scalar is a new form of scholarly publishing and its promoted as a cost effective way for media rich digital publications.  It is another open source resource and a platform to produce scholarly publications and multi media content.  It is a ‘technological platform’ which tries to ‘close the gap between carefully created digital visual archives and scholarly publication’. Scalar aims to support scholarly communication and multimodal publications.  It is mentioned as a more organic way to work with archival material.

I again have looked at this software and I think I was slightly biased towards the Omeka.  This is only because I was introduced to it first and therefore would have naturally inclined towards Omeka when experimenting with my thesis in mind.



Neatline, the tag line reads ‘plot your course in space and time’.  This is a ‘geotemporal exhibit builder’ this sounds exactly like something I could use for my project as it links a collection with a mapping capability.  It is described as much more than google maps it is more interpretive as you can create narratives and includes representations of places, events and documents.

Neatline is a plug-in of the open source Omeka framework.  It sounds like it could kill a few birds with one stone and create a perfect story to the backdrop of our community’s local history.  I will be experimenting with this to see if it could enhance my project and make it more interactive and explanatory for school children age groups.  Again It would be interesting to back up the map with a narrative and be more than just a few pin drops on a map. I want the children to be able to engage and experiment with the map of their area so some explanation might be involved as it might not be quite age specific.



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