Reaching for STARS

Hello! Hopefully everyone got to stop by the FHS Annual meeting and Symposium to see all of the interesting panels and scholarship being produced by Florida scholars. My session went great, which meant I got to start the week off on a good note.

This past week my internship with the Florida Historical Society led me to Mrs. Lee Dotson’s office in the University of Central Florida Library. Mrs. Dotson is the Digital Humanities Librarian here at the University of Central Florida and she focuses on the multiple digital initiatives the university offers to students and faculty. My meetings consisted of Dr, Cassanello, Mrs. Dotson, and Mr. Richard Harrison talking out the STARS platform, the chosen host for the Florida Historical Quarterly Podcast. STARS is a webhosting service through UCF that focuses on the creation of archives, databases, and other scholarly research, while giving the researcher a stable host through the university. We discusses replicating the History of Central Florida podcast website, but Mrs. Dotson introduced us to a new site format that the Smokejumper Oral History Project has used. This format broadcasts the podcast as a product much more than the History of Central Florida format does. We left Mrs. Dotson with all of the MP3 files for the podcasts, as well as the metadata I had previously created.

I have been creating bibliographic entries for the podcasts and the STARS website. I’ve been making both note and bibliography form for students or researchers who find our topics and discussions interesting and worth citing. Hopefully the presence of the citations on the website will encourage people to use the resource as an actual source, where they may have excluded it due to its unusual nature compared to monographs and interviews, or other primary and secondary sources. (I know I have done this before.)

Later this same week, I also met with Laura Cepero who works for RICHES MI. I had been tasked with bringing the podcasts to her in MP3 form with the metadata. Putting the podcast on RICHES will hopefully offer a larger viewership and give the project a bit of a running start when it comes to the social media ideas that are going to me implemented later this semester.

I also met with Dr. Connie Lester last week in an effort to obtain the front covers and table of contents for the issues that have corresponding podcasts. The covers will be used as static images for people to assign an issues with the podcast they are listening to. The table of contents will hopefully draw readers to the issue itself, allowing them to read the article or articles the podcast is discussing.


Starting Something New

Hello everyone! My name is Mike Burke and I’m a graduate student pursuing my MA in History at the University of Central Florida. I’m from Pace, FL, a community outside of Pensacola. My research interests involve the 19th century South and Southern Civil War memory. I’m currently working on a project regarding the memory of USTC troops at the Battle of Olustee, Florida. I’m also working on a paper on how southern memory is represented through 20th century bluegrass, and how this memory informs a southern identity.

This summer I will be working on a project for the Florida Historical Quarterly as part of an internship with the journal. THis project aims to rebuild and reorganize the Florida Historical Quarterly Podcast website. A Blogger site recently held a link the the podcast and the related issue’s table of contents. While this was a functioning website for the podcast, it did not provide the style wanted by those involved in the podcast. This past Tuesday, I met with Dr. Cassanello, Dr. Murphree, Dr. Lester and Dr. French to discuss the project in greater detail. In this meeting, we decided on a rebuilding of a website storefront where a viewer can access all FHQ Podcast material easily.

This website will contain a variety of information useful to the viewers of the FHQ podcast series. All audio for the podcasts will be held in a storefront style, where all of the episodes are available at a glance. In addition to the storefront, a variety of other content will be added. Primary source material, FHQ table of contents, further suggested readings, and even teaching guides will become available on this site. The site will be hosted through UCF’s STARS database, an easy to use and university supported platform. Most likely the site will take a similar shape to that of the History of Central Florida podcast website.

Also, I will begin providing social media support for the podcast series. I have chosen Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter as the most easy to use and most likely to be successful platforms. Reddit gives the podcast a clear history “buff” focus as those on reddit usually actively seek their content. Twitter falls a bit in between Reddit and Facebook as most viewers stumble across their content on Twitter. Facebook represents the most casual of users, entirely stumbling across the content.

On Monday, Dr. Cassanello and I will be meeting Mrs. Lee Dotson, the STARS librarian at the UCF Library. Wish us luck!