Polonsky Summer Internship 2016

/Polonsky Summer Internship 2016
Polonsky Summer Internship 20162016-11-29T05:15:07+00:00

In the summer of 2016 Polonsky Digital Humanities intern Joshua Kruchten will be working on a wide variety of tasks relevant to the project focusing on different methodologies and practices relevant to digital scholarship, publication, and design experiences. The summer work includes three stages:

The first part of the project will be the research and aggregation of multimedia materials across a wide spectrum of online and archived sources. Challenges in this collection process will be researching across print, video, and web-based sources, capture of complex interactive resources, cross-device storage and synchronization of materials, metadata classification, and intellectual property rights ascertainment. Sources like the Computer History Museum online catalog, Paley Center archives, The Wayback Machine, YouTube and a variety of obscure and/or esoteric web resources make this a complex and challenging digital research endeavor.

The second level of the experience will be the selection, customization, and/or design of a content management system to manage and organize these materials. This process will include research into models of web sites and platforms that successfully integrate the organization of a wide range of media from a diverse set of resources and web-based non-linear material display. It will take that foundational research and then consider the specifics of the materials gathered in the first portion of the internship to determine the best way to gather, catalog, display, and manage resources for the project.

The final portion of the internship will be experimentation with different web technologies to develop prototypes for possible visualizations of materials, layout of ad access points, and transitions between different collections of text, images, video, and audio. This work will begin by collecting sample websites and designs that provide viable examples of similar projects. This research would include what web technologies drive the complex interactions these web sites utilize and how viable they will be for application within this particular project. Then, starting first with a WordPress site, we will prototype different strategies using languages such as HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, and other design frameworks to model what types of display and interaction work best with the project materials.