Project Tools and Resources

Practical and public history need to be accessible, and our class chose a variety of mediums to present our findings including WordPress, ESRI Story Maps, Omeka, and GS timeline.

WordPress is a blogging platform where users can create pages and posts, though it can be used for other types of web media. WordPress is convenient for public history because it encourages updating through the use of blog posts and reader engagement with comments, it requires structuring from the creator.

ESRI Story Maps encompassed a variety of tools made by ESRI to present information simply. These are particularly useful because they can easily integrate GIS software, so are particularly suited for geographic uses. Story Maps are also convenient because they are easily constructed and great for narrative work, but they are also difficult to customize the layout.

Omeka is a tool where users can upload documents and create a virtual museum or artifacts. Omeka can greatly improve accessibility for certain objects, and it has been proven in public history with projects like Remembering Rondo. Omeka can be difficult to use with little customizability for structure, but it is easy to properly cite sources through Dublin Core standardization.