This week in class, we were introduced to some very helpful tools and web interfaces to help with designing our websites. Personally, I have already used all of them with the exception of Omeka for site building. Looking at the tools in particular, I plan on using Zotero and will push for my group to do the same because it is extremely useful to the historian. A creative way to use this tool would be to make a preliminary library for the archival part of my groups website. Even though my group is working mainly off of images at this point, we could possibly upload them onto an image storage site such as Flickr and use Zotero to start categorizing them by theme.
Besides Zotero and focusing more on Omeka, this site developing platform could be used by groups as maybe a message board, having each member post when them have succeeded in completing an aspect of their assignment or when they have come up with a new idea they would like to share.
Besides an introduction to tools and web interfaces, we also talked about digital history websites in general. Considering the websites that Dr. McClurken suggested we look at, what I liked on a whole was the organization of the sites. However, I did not always like how the information was presented. Some of the sites had blocks and blocks of text which turned me off from reading more than necessary. Despite this, I liked how the sites organized their information as well as their use of images where present. In crafting a digital history website with my group, I will push for an emphasis on images over blocks of text to make the site more appealing and less cluttered to the visitor. I really want to avoid putting out lots of text out front because I do want my visitors to enjoy what they are looking at rather than get overwhelmed with all the information present. The information will still be there, just under a drop-down box (hopefully).
I will just have to wait and see when my group builds the site to see if it all works. Hopefully it will!