Tools

Several tools helped make The Bosworth Letters possible:

1) Omeka– This open-source, web publishing platform made my project possible. Omeka makes it easy to upload images and text while providing massive amounts of metadata. These features help explain why this site is popular among librarians and other digital archivists. In addition, Omeka is aesthetically pleasing and features many plugins, so users can expect a reasonable degree of flexibility when creating their site.

2) Google Maps– Using this tool, I was able to create my own map and plot several location mentioned in the letters. Within each point on the map, Google Maps also allowed me to include descriptions of the location. Overall, I was impressed by this tool because I could embed an interactive version of it in my site, but understandably, it only offers modern maps. This was a stumbling block for my project, particularly because West Virginia did not yet exist during the 1800s.

3) Timeline JS– This is an amazing tool for creating interactive, professional-looking timelines. You simply need to create a google spreadsheet marking any dates, media, and information you’d like to include in your map, and you’re good to go! Timeline JS is appealing because it’s easy to embed in your website, and it allows you to include pictures, videos, etc. in your timeline. This tool works very well with Omeka, but it does not work well with sites such as Medium¬†or the free version of WordPress.

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