James Farmer Lecture Group Progress Report

So Kelsey and I were trying to figure out how to create clips of some of the James Farmer video lectures last Tuesday, but we could not figure out how to edit the .flv files in Adobe Premiere. Once Caitlin had a look at our many files of James Farmer, she discovered that we had .mpeg files of the videos that can be edited easily on Adobe Premiere. Caitlin and Michelle took the weekend to look over how we plan on hosting the videos. The video files we have are extremely big – YouTube can’t handle the size and we may have to upgrade Vimeo to Vimeo Plus, which allows us to upload 5GB a week – but it is $59.95 a year. Hopefully we can move past technical difficulties soon and move on to our presentation of our website and the archive we have envisioned. I am going to play with our wordpress site as much as I can without the video or audio later tonight, and hopefully have something to show for our 3-5 minute group presentation on Thursday.


James Farmer Lectures – Progress Report

This past Thursday February 9th, my group and I decided it would be the perfect time to create our group contract that is due this Monday, February 13th. We discussed our mission statement, our objectives, how we decided to split up the work, and even created due dates so that we do not let ourselves get behind.

So far, we have decided to create a digital archive for thirteen lectures that James Farmer while he was at Mary Washington College. There are video as well as audio clips that we will upload and stream via SoundCloud and (hopefully!) Vimeo. We have a WordPress website already, in its early stages.

We have been using the help of Jim Groom and Tim O’Donnell to allow us to use their already digitized copies of the James Farmer Lectures. We have also been trying to get in touch with Vimeo to see if we will be able to use them as a video host. Although Mary Washington now has copyright for the videos, we were not the original creators, which may cause a problem with hosting a video on Vimeo. A local news station, WNVT-TV Channel 53, created the lecture videos and gave us the copyright. After WNVT-TV had merged into a DC news station they had lost track and had no records of even creating the video.

Overall, I think the objectives and goals of our project are very clear (which my group will elaborate on when the February 23rd presentations roll around.) I think my group members and I feel that this digital project is not only very interesting, but that we will be able to positively impact and reach to a broader community for all interested in James Farmers reflections and the Civil Rights Movement.

Creating My Own Google Map

I studied abroad in Scotland last Spring, so I tried to create a Google Map that was my typical walk from my flat in Edinburgh to a lecture hall on the University of Edinburgh’s campus. My walk – created on Google Maps – was actually not very easy to make and frustrating. I could create and drop multiple pins down, but drawing the route that I took between my flat and class was not easy. The line would be about 4 blocks over from what I wanted, no matter where I dropped the pin. I think that the collaboration feature of the map is probably the most useful utility of creating your own Google Maps, if the lined route feature would work. I figured the map would be useful as a university walking guide, because you could take/show shortcuts that don’t follow main roads, similar to the campus of Mary Washington.

I have used Google Earth before, but I have not downloaded it to my currant laptop. As Tim was saying in class, Google Earth acts faulty on older computers. I have a 2008 Macbook that, I believe, would not be able to use Google Earth to its full potential.  I think that both Google Earth and Google Maps are extremely useful and effective tools for digital history projects, especially the collaborative feature. For my group’s project of archiving James Farmer’s Lectures, we had all collectively agreed that it is unnecessary to use Google Earth or Maps for our project.


Introduction: Digital History

I’m Laura, a senior, double major in Classics and History, and I will be graduating this May.

I have recently become interested in the digitization of historical artifacts and materials when I began working as an intern at the Fluvanna County Historical Society in the Summer of 2009. I started as an unpaid intern, and worked my way up to Senior Intern the past two summers. I created a Facebook page for the society, as well as a Twitter account and even worked on a collaborative digital history project – Piedmont Virginia Digital History Project - I have worked with PastPerfect software and even have experience in displaying museum exhibits.

All of this experience prompted me to look into graduate programs that specialize in museum studies, but more specifically with a focus on digital management. I applied to a few programs and decided to accept a conditional offer to the University of Glasgow for Information Management and Preservation(Digital) that I will begin in September of 2012. I am so excited to go study in Scotland for an entire year! So once I complete the one year masters program I will be accredited by both the Archives & Records Association and CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) to hopefully become a digital curator.

Needless to say, this class will give me a great background on collaborative work and digitizing history! Working with the James Farmer group I think will be one of the most rewarding projects that will not only impact the University community but anyone who is interested in James Farmer’s incredible work during the Civil Rights Movement, the Freedom Rides, or the formation of CORE.