Projects are required for graduate students and optional for undergrads.

In the project, students will develop and answer a research question about cultural heritage data or cultural heritage in a digital context.  The project should have some form of public engagement.

Your project can take a variety of forms; here are some examples:

  • Series of blog posts on a research question
  • Digital archive/exhibit using Omeka (Omeka also has timeline and map plugins)
  • Participation in a crowdsourced project plus reflection about it
  • Proposal for a larger project beyond the scope of an individual in this class
  • 3d model and reflection
  • Digital edition + reflection
  • Wikipedia editing project + reflection
  • Cultural heritage game/storytelling with Twine
  • Digital publication on a research question using text & media on Scalar
  • Something else?

The format is flexible. The size of the project is also up to you. Consider that:

  • the format and method are appropriate for your research questions
  • the research questions can be answered using these methods and formats
  • you conduct adequate research into sources about your topic and/or data collection is conducted to answer your research questions
  • your data, sources, etc., are documented.

The project will be assessed on:

  1. the relevance and significance of the topic for cultural heritage data
  2. how effectively the methodologies and technologies have been applied for the research questions and for public engagement
  3. the quality and depth of analysis and research (what this means will vary depending on the type of project)
  4. documentation
  5. nuts and bolts requirements (a license for your project, link(s) on your website, readable grammar/spelling/style, etc.)

These projects (or parts of these projects, depending on the type) will live on your OU Create domain sites.  You will need a license for your project telling readers how they can use your work and a link from the main page of your site.

  • Look at the options for Creative Commons licenses (
  • Keep in mind data or media from another source might be under copyright or under its own license.

Proposal due Friday October 16 11:59 pm:

I strongly recommend you meet with me on Zoom before turning in the proposal.

Research proposal should include

  1. Research question
  2. Format of project
  3. Basica “outline” or “design” of project (including subtopics/subsections)
  4. Preliminary bibliography in any format you prefer (MLA, APA, I don’t care as long as it’s consistent) listing your sources.

Week of 12/7-11: meet with Dr. S to review draft of project

Project due Wednesday December 16 noon (please submit early if you can!)

Final revisions (under token system) due Friday December 18

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