Digital History: Civil War Fredericksburg

Week 11

March 31st, 2010 by Megan Mc · 1 Comment

So I had a minor freak out last night when I realized it was the 30th of March and we’re heading into April which means we only have a few weeks left. I do believe I’m going to begin living at the library.

Well, we received the maps from our map group and set about trying to make them interactive. I first tried Phlook which was… interesting but not quite what we needed. You could zoom in but you couldn’t 1. be zoomed in and click something on the map and 2. add pictures into the info boxes pop up when you click on the hospital. Soooo I e-mailed Patrick who referred me to Martha who suggested MapLib the thing that runs through googlemaps and thus has little push pin things on the map. Good news is the push pins don’t have to be the GIANT RED ones like on google maps they have many to choose (how about Darth Vader? or a buffalo?) from AND you can be zoomed in and click a hospital from there. Bad news,  the html codes the site provides do not want to be put into Omeka so I e-mailed Martha about it and she said she and Patrick would look into it.
As for the site I got my first section up about Sanitary Commission and I will start working on the section about Gettysburg. There is one problem with my section, however, it is not consistent with the other pages. I divided it up with headings with underlines but no one else’s looks like that so I’m going to have to edit it so it fits in but it’s all good it needs to be edited anyway. I tinkered with some HTML on the site too. There was some problem with linking to some of our items on the page the code was correct but it was not working until we tossed in a random space in it so now it works. I put the evacuation map on the site using <img src=”pic url”> and fiddled with the size and centering so it looked ok on the page. (for picture sizing you need ” <img src=”image url” width=”400″ height=”300″> and by changing the numbers there you can change the size.

Well, I got to go back to deleting all the e-mails that are spamming up my inbox from the survey thing and writing a Civil War Journal. Night!

Tags: dh2010

1 response so far ↓

  • sleffert // Apr 1st 2010 at 10:21 am

    That sounds like good news about using the maplib site. sounds like just another bump with Omeka though. Good luck with the interactiveness though because what i’ve seen of it looks really cool and i think would enhance your site too! Nice progress on your section too!