Second Week Review

This week, our group was fairly productive. Sarah talked to Professor O’Donnell about the James Farmer’s lectures, and we found out that there wasn’t a copyright issue as had been previously expected. The issue lies in how much material we can put on youtube. Youtube has a 15minute limit on its basic account, but you can “add more” time to your upload length, but youtube doesn’t tell you how much is more. So that will probably be a process of trial and error. It would be depressing to have to upload these videos in chunks, because James Farmer is such a powerful speaker. It would take away from his impact. it sounds like O’Donnell thought we could upload the lectures to iTunesU for download, but I think it would increase the impact of the site if you could also stream the video on the site. Of course, if we can’t upload all of the lectures on youtube, this could be more difficult. A compromise might be to compile a ‘best of’ video (or series of videos) which would be watched on the site, and then provide a link to iTunesU so people can download the full video if they are interested. Sarah also got the audio files of the lectures, and we’ve all copied them so we can familiarize ourselves with the lectures without having to watch them.

We also have a direction we think want to go with our site.┬áTentatively, we think we want to do a sort of archival site, but more in the style of the Rare Book History blog Professor Mackintosh’s History of the Book seminar worked on last semester. We want the visual to be an integral part of the website. While we all agreed that archival sites are often the most interesting for research purposes, they tend to be visually uniform and uninteresting. We want to change that a bit. I, personally, am much more willing to sift though a website if I find it visually appealing, and forgive it minor mistakes if it is clear that the designers were trying.

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