Spring 2014 Startup

This Spring semester, the DH Internship will be focusing on several activities:

  • I ♥ E-Poetry
    • Resource Development
    • Tagging and Metadata Revision
    • Interface design
    • Outreach Materials
    • Surveying resources
    • Create resources
  • ELMCIP Knowledge Base
    • Creating and updating records
  • Mayagüez Book Fair
    • Poster design
    • E-lit screen capture videos
    • Activities for children
    • Poster Presentations
    • Web Design
  • Arteroids Archive
    • Describe and tag archive materials

The first order of business is to create accounts and familiarize yourselves with the administrative interfaces for our resources:

Weeks 9-10: Templates and Backlinks

For these two weeks, we need to:

  • Ian: develop and implement the page design we discussed in the meeting on all of the pages.
  • Cynthia: finish entering data on the missing pages
  • Both:
    • Visit all the I ♥ E-Poetry pages and link back to the resource pages.
    • Correct the page templates, which include:
      • Moving title and author link to caption on screen capture
      • Make the links open in new windows
      • Add the more tag after the first paragraph in each entry

Weeks 7-8: Resource Pages

Okay my esteemed interns, it’s time to develop some resources:.

You’re going to begin with the pages that you already created for the exhibitions, publications, collections, and websites and you’re going to describe them, add screenshots, provide information from the ELMCIP KB, links to the resources and a complete listing of the works covered and not covered in I <3 E-Poetry, including links to the entries. Information to cover:

  • title
  • year(s) of publication
  • publisher
  • editor(s)

Begin with the ones assigned to you and we’ll work out distributing the rest.

Week 6: Works Not Covered

When I started working on I ♥ E-Poetry, I was focused on poetry as a genre and therefore didn’t read many works of e-literature that fit other genres in the publications and exhibitions I covered. I have now expanded on the project’s focus to include all e-lit genres and have published a CFP (Call For Postings– a play on  the traditional meaning of CFP: Call for Papers) to direct guest and regular contributors to help me expand the project’s coverage of electronic literature.

So here’s what I need you to do:

  1. Visit the resources assigned to you:
    1. Cynthia:
      1. Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 2
      2. Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 1
      3. ELO 2012 Media Arts Show
      4. Avenues of Access exhibition at MLA 2013
    2. Aleysha
      1. TBA
    3. Ian
      1. Cauldron & Net
      2. ELMCIP Anthology of European E-Lit
      3. Electronic Literature & Its Emerging Forms
      4. New Media Writing Prize Shortlists
  2. Create a page in I ♥ E-Poetry (direct link to page listing) and save as draft (don’t publish):
    1. Create two lists:
      1. Works Covered in I ♥ E-Poetry – list all works with links to I ♥ E-Poetry entry.
      2. Works Not Covered – List all works with links to original work.
    2. Format:
      1. Title” by Author (example “Taroko Gorge [2012 Remix]” by Nick Montfort)
      2. Make sure all the links open in a new window/tab.
    3. Suggestion for streamlining:
      1. Go to the anthology, exhibition, or venue
      2. Type in “Title” by Author in the Works Covered list
      3. Create link on title and search for the appropriate entry from the link menu.
      4. If the work is available, great, make the link and move on to the next work.
      5. If it isn’t, link to the original source and move “Title” by Author to the Not Covered list in the page.

Week 5: Image Download, Upload, and Metadata

The images in I ♥ E-Poetry are in multiple locations on the Web, which makes it vulnerable to changes in servers and server outages. They also contain no metadata, which makes them problematic for search engines and inaccessible to readers who are visually impaired or can only use a text-based browser.

So here’s what needs to be done:

  • Go to each of your assigned entries from last week’s task.
  • Download the image(s) to your hard drive by right clicking on it(them) and selecting “save as.”
  • Edit the entry and delete the image(s).
  • Upload to the gallery and insert each image in the same location as you found it.
  • While you’re inserting each image, center it, have it not link to anything, and let it be either original size (most are 150-200 pixels high) or medium size.
  • In the alternative text box, type in “screen captured image from [title] by [author(s)]”– I suggest cutting and pasting the title of the entry, which is written in that format.

You are assigned to the same entries as in Week 4.


Weeks 3 – 4: I ♥ E-Poetry Internal Link Correction

Now we need to correct all the incorrect links inside I ♥ E-Poetry entries.

  • I have created user accounts for all of you in the blog. Log in to the administrative back end.
  • Go to the links listed below to get a list of the entries, which you can then edit:
  • Here’s how to correct the links:
    • Click on the title to edit each entry.
    • See if there are any links to entries in I ♥ E-Poetry (links are usually on the titles of the e-poems).
    • Correct the link, preferably by choosing the correct one from within the WordPress entries (they’re searchable).
  • When you’ve completed your task, please remember to mark it as completed.

Week 3: ELMCIP Knowledge Base URL correction

Your mission is to edit the link to I ♥ E-Poetry entries from the ELMCIP Knowledge Base using the GDoc we created as a reference.

  • I’ve created ELMCIP Knowledge Base accounts for all of you. Log in.
  • Visit the same pages assigned to you in the previous task.
  • Edit the page, updating the link to the I ♥ E-Poetry entry with the correct one compiled in the GDoc.

While you’re at it, correct any inconsistencies you may have noticed.

Week 2: I ♥ E-Poetry URL Correction

The ELMCIP Knowledge Base is linking back to the old I ♥ E-Poetry URLs and we need to gather the information for the old and current URLs.

The first task is therefore to gather the old and current URLs in a spreadsheet, so we can correct the URLs and create a way to redirect missing links to the correct entry. Here’s the procedure:

  1. Open three tabs in your browser:
    1. I ♥ E-Poetry ELMCIP page
    2. I ♥ E-Poetry
    3. I ♥ E-Poetry URL Fix Google Document (Gdoc)
  2. In the I ♥ E-Poetry ELMCIP page, scroll down to the Works Referenced listing.
  3. Go to the Task Listing to know what pages you’ve been assigned to and go to those pages.
  4. Gather old URL:
    1. Select the title of a work
    2. Select and copy the title of the work and paste into Gdoc.
    3. Scroll down to “I ♥ E-Poetry entry”
    4. Right click on the link to copy URL and paste it in Gdoc.
  5. Gather current URL
    1. Search for work title in I ♥ E-Poetry and go to the entry
    2. Copy the URL for the entry and paste into Gdoc.
  6. Go to the next work and redo steps 4 & 5.
  7. Repeat until you’ve completed all the works in the pages assigned to you.
  8. Mark your Task as completed.

In the Gdoc, don’t worry about alphabetical order: we can resort everything at the end. Just enter the data, quick and messy.

We’ll go over this procedure and get to work on it together on Monday.


Hello World

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Welcome to “Flores y Compañía,” an online lab space I’ve created for the collaborative development of my digital humanities and electronic literature research projects.

There are three projects I’m currently working on:

It is necessary to acknowledge the contributions made to these projects by students who generously volunteered their time. During the Fall 2012 semester, Ricky Padilla and Dane Font helped me tag a sizeable portion of the Arteroids Archive with metadata as it was ingested into the Omeka installation (graciously hosted by Jim Andrews at Vispo.com). In the Spring 2013 semester, Hannelen Leirvag created hundreds of records in the ELMCIP KB from entries in I ♥ E-Poetry, linking the two databases and solidifying the partnership between both projects. I am extremely grateful to them for helping me develop these projects.

For this Fall semester, I have enlisted three talented students from my English Department– Aleysha Arce, Cynthia Román, and Ian Rolón– to become interns with me to continue the work begun with. The mechanism is an interdisciplinary course (INTD 4995) designed to award credit to students participating in an internship. My students will work 9 hours per week during the semester to earn 3 credits in this course, which will fulfill a recommended elective in their curriculum. Working and collaborating in several digital humanities projects should provide valuable experience and help them develop 21st century skills that will be useful for their future studies and professional lives.

This blog will be an important tool to coordinate our collaborative efforts. On the solid foundation of a self-hosted WordPress installation, I have added two plugins to help us communicate and coordinate our goals: BuddyPress and CollabPress.

I’m looking forward to a productive semester!