Projects are required for all graduate students and for undergrads wishing to earn an A.

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?

If you’re really unsure talk to me: there are some options on campus working with the 3d Imaging lab on campus documenting or scanning campus buildings and objects or possibly something at the Natural History Museum or Library.

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.

Important Due dates

Topic consults are required in September; I strongly recommend you meet with me on Zoom once more in addition to the consult before turning in the proposal.

Proposal due Friday October 15 11:59 pm

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.

Beginning of Thanksgiving week: meet with Dr. S to consult on progress on project. By this point you should have:

  1. conducted most of your research (books/articles, assembling sources for the project)
  2. have your platform up even if not complete (your Omeka site should be up and running with some objects if using Omeka, your timeline should be started with a few entries if you’re using a timeline program, etc.)

Project due Tuesday December 7 noon

Any remaining edits (for Incompletes, using the Token System) due Monday December 13.

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