IMA501 Derek Stadler

Side by Side: The Islands of Long and Manhattan

Abstract:

Side by Side: The Islands of Long and Manhattan envisions one central location for historical and cultural information concerning both Long Island and Manhattan Island.  It will be an online dynamic site venue for scholarly work, as well as a place for common writing, that can be used for research purposes, with proper bibliographic criteria. The collection will contain scholarly documentation regarding the historic and cultural aspects of the islands, as well as visual resources such as images and video clips to enhance them, while containing all the necessary metadata.

Body:

The thesis of Side by Side: The Islands of Long and Manhattan is that there is not one central location for historical and cultural information concerning both Long Island and Manhattan Island because Web sites are scattered throughout the Internet.  Both institutional and personal sources will document the history and life on the islands on Side by Side.  The home page of Side by Side: The Islands of Long and Manhattan will contain images and links to all the collections within the site.  Each select collection will have its own page. 

The goal of the project is combine collections of Long Island and Manhattan Island material into one eye-catching yet scholarly-appealing site.  Potential users would be both the scholar and the non-scholar, or simply the casual-interest browser.  The site will be scalable since any user will have the ability to post their comments and stories of the material onto the site.  The documentation however must remain at the highest level in order for the academic scholar to use the site as a valid source.  Really Simple Syndication (RSS) can be used for promotional efforts.  With permission, a landmark/historical society/museum/location can be accessed from any particular site to garner cross marketing.

Conclusion:

It is necessary to provide for a “one stop shop” that will be a venue for scholarly work, as well as a place for common writing, that can be used for research purposes, with proper bibliographic criteria.  In addition, most academic resources lack appealing and attractively designed sites because they are designed to present the information in a scholarly format.  By using the techniques of non-scholarly sources, the site will present the information in a way to attract not only the scholar but also the casual browser. 

Mission Statement

The thesis of Side by Side: The Islands of Long and Manhattan is that there is not one central location for historical and cultural information concerning both Long Island and Manhattan Island because Web sites are scattered throughout the Internet.  Both institutional and personal sources will document the history and life on the islands on Side by Side.  It is necessary to provide for a “one stop shop” that will be a venue for scholarly work, as well as a place for common writing, that can be used for research purposes, with proper bibliographic criteria.  In addition, most academic resources lack appealing and attractively designed sites because they are designed to present the information in a scholarly format.  By using the techniques of non-scholarly sources, the site will present the information in a way to attract not only the scholar but also the casual browser.

The home page of Side by Side: The Islands of Long and Manhattan will contain images and links to all the collections within the site.  Each select collection will have its own page.  The following can be used as models for this venture.  PBS (http://www.pbs.org) design would be great for the main page.  The “Tonight On” concept can be used and include all recently added collections.  Similarly the lower area of the page containing highlights, or most visited sites in our case, can be used from this site as well.  In addition, the main page of the Albany Institute of History & Art (http://www.albanyinstitute.org) is a great design for image layout however the links on the left side of the page should be a bit larger.  The BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/collections) is another excellent design.  It is a visually appealing image site with quality video and excellent documentation adjoining it and can be used for the main page of each collection.  Each collection’s page will present the collection and have the ability to search.   The Library of Congress (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/browse/index.html/) site is an excellent model because of the ability to search the collections from all aspects, such as time period and other criteria.  Each link is rich in documentation as well.  Since Side by Side is historic in nature, this can be an excellent model.  Cornell University’s (http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/) collection layout has a great look and would be ideal for our endeavor.  It also contains documentation links and more details of each contributor.  Syracuse University (http://digilib.syr.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/syrair26&CISOPTR=7&CISOBOX=1&REC=1) features amazing metadata descriptions with all applicable fields.  The design can be used as a model for images pending what organization system each institution uses.  The Orange site also has a great ability to “zoom in” any image.  Image layout can be modeled after the British Library (https://imagesonline.bl.uk/?service=page&action=show_home_page&language=en) which also has a great deal of quality images on their site.  The aforementioned BBC page is great as a model for historic videos.

Production Statement

Since the thesis behind Side by Side: The Islands of Long and Manhattan is a collaboration of several different collections, the discretion of technologies remains with each academic institution, business, or individual.  For the preparation of this production statement, I will discuss the technologies used for an individual’s contribution to the site.  In particular, I will present my own offering to the project which is based on my personal research and archival material.  In the case of academic institutions, historical societies, and businesses, the same or similar technology is needed, or may have already been used if the collection is already on the Internet.  First however the logo for planned site will be created using Adobe software such as Photoshop and Illustrator.  Secondly any other generic logo or promotion images will be created using this software as well.  The site’s appearance is designed to attract scholar and non-scholar, so the best available image and video technologies are required as well as a creative design to “catch the eye.”

Some of my contributions to the site are the original research and images that I created, and continue to create, include the Long Island Rail Road, 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, and Christopher Morley Park, to name a few.  Technologies involved in this kind of collection include the ability to search databases of academic quality, such as ProQuest and Ebsco, in order to create necessary documentation.  Some public libraries may have this technology as well.  Other technologies include a digital camera and video camera.  They will be used to capture relevant material for the collection.  In the case of archaic image systems such as film, a technology is needed to have them digitized, either with a scanner or video equipment.  Lastly, all material presented on the site needs to be properly cataloged using technologies such as Dublin Core in order to provide the best metadata schemes in the event collection material is used for scholarly work. 

Flowchart 

Development Team Duties

Information Architect will develop a structure for the project.  They also have the capability of selecting material that will appear on Side by Side.  In place of a project manager, the IA will know every aspect of the development process and make staffing decisions.  Qualifications for the position include: a strong web marketing background, site design abilities, and familiarity with metadata and academic standards.

Design Director established the look and feel of Side by Side based on attractive, eye-catching designs while maintaining a degree of academic scholarship.  Working under the information architect, the design director will make the initial presentation and manage the design staff.  Qualifications for the position include: excellent site design abilities, a strong web marketing background, proficiency in copyright standards, and management skills.

Designer works under the design director and is responsible for all graphic development.  They maintain each collection of Side by Side paying close attention to detail and consistency in documentation and image standards.  Qualifications for the position include: excellent site design abilities, and knowledge of industry standards.

Developer working with the information architect and design team is responsible for attracting further collections to the site.  In particular, they oversee the additions that individuals may be posting to the site.  Qualifications for the position include: knowledge of industry standards and a strong web marketing background.

Wireframe Design 

Design Samples

Production Budget

Production Schedule

Marketing Plan

Return on Investment

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One comment

  1. Patrick · September 26, 2012

    Very good so far. Now everyone can see your progress and learn from it.

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