All of the readings/the video focused on the change in research in the past couple of years and how people are getting accustomed to it. Google seems to be the ringleader for the shift to digital learning and researching and people are behind it. I knew google wanted to take millions of books and put them into digital format but I did not realize they were going through several colleges such as Harvard. The video dragged a little long for me, especially with the charts that were not very visible but I did enjoy that Peter held a Q and A after his talk to discuss google and what it hopes to accomplish. I think google analytics (as discussed in the second question) is a very useful tool and something maybe the group should try so we could keep track of how many people visited the site. I do wonder if they have made any changes to it so people can comment on the sites (or in the case of the video the books)?? Not sure if we would need that though since we have the guestbook and the contribution form.
I learned quite a bit about google and thoroughly enjoyed reading “googling the Victorians”. I had no idea that in a few short clicks people were able to track down lineages and gain family information-for instance finding the great great niece of a member of royalty and all over the Internet. As Patrick stated students today can find more on the Victorian Era than he could after twenty years of research and having to pour over hundreds of books. All of the sites prove useful in understand the digitization of history/literature and how it is rapidly changing, proving this course will be a perfect addition to any of our resumes. 🙂
For site updates: I think it gets better everyday and we have had actual alumni write in the guestbook woo 🙂 I know this past weekend and this week we focused on research and making improvements to the site through looking at old yearbooks. I actually looked through the Centennial Yearbook and found several images that we have and more information to add to our exhibits and collections. Did anyone know about all of the pools our campus used to have and that the terrapins practiced in Lee Hall? Or in a few short years (1970s) Mary Washington became co-ed and broke away from UVA? I have definitely enjoyed the research and how it not only furthers our site but my knowledge of the school we attend!!