Progress on my digital mapping project is coming along steadily. The modules the past few weeks have helped with prompting progress as the activities have directly corelated with some of the elements that I had envisioned to be included with this digital project. I have built out the basic structure for my Omeka site, which is the platform my digital project will be hosted on. I have a clear idea and vision in my mind about how I wish the digital project to visually look like, which I have drawn out on paper as part of the storyboarding activity. While the drawings aren’t anything frame worthy, this part of the process helped me to think about the structure of the website and where I wanted all these different elements placed. It also helped that I had worked with the platform Omeka previously and had an example to work off of. This project will be different from my previous project in the sense that I will be centering my project on a digital map and I have not included this type of element in past projects.
In addition to building out the basic structure of my Omeka site, I have started to add a few primary source materials that will be relevant to the project. With these primary sources, I created my first exhibit page about Corbin Hollow. I need to finish out this exhibit page and add a few more that will provide more context about the different elements on the map that I wish to highlight. I need to add a few more primary source materials to the site as well.
The biggest piece I need to complete next for my digital project is to digitize the map that I will be using as the centerpiece to this project. This will include heading to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club’s archives with a digital camera and taking a high quality picture of the map. I will need to then digitize the photo of the map and then insert it into my Omeka site. Once I have this image ready to be put into the site I can build out my home page and the interactive map section of the Omeka site. This step is the next big step that will allow me to continue with building out the digital project. The major struggles that I foresee with this digital project, is probably going to be building the interactive map section.