I seemed to work a little bit on many different projects this week. For Burns I wrote up my notes from last week’s meeting and did a bit more investigation into timelines and Timeglider in particular. I also noticed that there is already a Burns timeline on the new ‘Robert Burns Birthplace Museum’ website: http://www.burnsmuseum.org.uk/collections/timeline. It looks very nice, with a sort of ‘parallax scrolling’ effect in the background. It is however just a nice looking web page rather than being a more interactive timeline allowing users to search or focus on specific themes.
I spent a bit more time this week working on the technical plan for the follow-on project for Bess of Hardwick, although Alison is now wanting to submit this in July rather than ASAP so we have the luxury of time in which to really think some ideas through. I’m still hoping to get an initial version of the plan completed by the end of next week, however. I also spent a little time going over the mobile Bess interface I made as it looks like Sheffield might be about ready to implement my updates as they launch the main Bess site.
I also worked a little bit more on the ICOS2014 website and responsive web design. I’ve got a design I’m pretty happy with now that works on a wide variety of different screen sizes. I still need some banner images to play around with but things are looking promising.
Once I realised what was causing the problem I could replicate it on my PC and tackle the issues. Even though only 1% of web users still use IE7 I wanted to ensure ARIES worked on this older browser. It took some time but I managed to update all the exercises so they work in both old and new browsers.
Also for ARIES this week I recorded Mike MacMahon speaking some words that I will use in an exercise in the spelling section of ARIES. Users will be able to play sound clips to hear a word being spoken and then they will be asked to type the word as they think it should be spelled. It was my first experience of the Sound Studio and Rachel Smith very kindly offered to show me how everything worked. On Friday we did the recordings and everything went pretty smoothly. Now I need to make the exercise and embed the sound files!
Also this week I attended a HATII developers meeting. This was a chance for the techy people involved in digital humanities projects to get together to discuss their projects and the technologies they are using. Chris from Arts Support was also there and it was really useful to hear from the other developers. It is hoped that these meetings will become a regular occurrence and will be expanded out to all developers working in DH across the university. We should also be getting a mailing list set up for DH developers, and also a wiki or other such collaborative environment. I also pointed people in the direction of the new DH at Glasgow website and asked people to sign up to this as technical experts.
Finally this week I did a little bit more work with the data Susan Rennie sent me for the Scots Glossary project that we are putting together. I made some updates to the technical documentation I had previously sent her and mapped out in more detail a data schema for the project.
I’m on holiday on Monday and Tuesday next week but will be back to it next Wednesday.