This week I have been working on finishing up the last few things I can add to the site including the addition of fatalgrams, rounding out the histories and adding breaks in the pages to add definition to the sections. So far I have heard nothing from my team members from the class so It is unlikely that Aston will be contributing . I have also continued to add audio clips to soundcloud, and have started back up on attempted conversion and implementation of employment cards however so far I am not sold on the addition of the cards directly to the pages and am looking into alternatives.
This week is the required project readiness post, so hang on to your hats. The first obstruction to being at 100% completion has been the loss of Tim and Austins lack of response over the last few weeks, in spite of those losses the project is in general terms is presently around 85-90% completed according to the proposal. What that means in specifics follows. The restructuring of the directories and uniformity aspect of individual pages has been completed. Of the 10 expected mine histories nine have been completed with a 10th expected to be hammered out this weekend. All photographs uploaded by the myself have been enhanced, cropped and had a citation added to them referencing back to the Steelworks of the West Archive. New maps and reworked maps have been uploaded to the site and linked into their proper pages from last semester and this semesters as well where applicable. Presently 3 audio clips of the Scamhorn interviews have been added to three distinct mines, with other audio recordings converted into mp3 formats for cutting this weekend, and then adding to soundcloud and adding the player to the bottom of each page. Completion of the loading of 3 Fatalgrams incorporation into the site has occurred with the minor problem of two being located on one mine. The incorporation of a new GIS system so far has not been implemented to my knowledge at present and I have not received word from Austin on any aspect of that feature.
This week I am working on completing the general histories for 3 mines to fill them out as best as possible. Those mines being Pictou, Frederick, and Jokerville. I also have been listening endlessly to audio recordings to find where I need to cut each of them before I even attempt to upload them to soundcloud. Although with Tim leaving the class most of the progress already made did not suffer, the requirements that were enumerated with in the proposal placed upon him must fall to me, with Austin being incommunicado. I have been working to locate precisely where in each audio file the required information (mine name dropping occurs, and then how long after that point o we switch topics where I can cut out or fade out. I have been able to add an audio file to the Allen mine presently but still expect more to do as some of the files are larger than I seem able to convert or cut. I have requested more information from Chris on Pictou so that I can add to what I put in last week and have found at least one picture I can upload to joker although it needs some serious clean up as it is a picture of a memorial placard naming those who died in the accident. I am also expecting to have a meeting with Dr. Rees this Thursday afternoon at the archive to go over I expect what has been done and what can be done before the final publication of the site and what will have to be left at the wayside.
This week has so far been spent first attending the meeting at the Archives and deciding what needs to be done for my fellow group members. Beyond that I have gotten some information from Chris about Jokerville mine which separates it out from the Crested Butte Mine which will require a bit of sifting through the original information that was used upon the Crested Butte Mine page. I have also started searching for photographs of the Jokerville mine but have found little outside of the Denver Library’s archive which apparently somehow holds copyright on pictures well over one hundred and thirty years old. Which makes no sense and I am not sure how the Denver Library can claim copyright let alone charge for any usage but without being certain I will not endanger the site since it is technically owned by the Steelworks of the west center. In Addition I have gotten scans of the Bokoshe mine map which Chris and I found in the archive but it seems that they were not smoothed out or flattened before scanning making putting them together a difficult prospect. As the air-bubbles are not uniform and thus throw off hard to narrow down pattern of expansion and constriction of different lines through the middles of the maps. In Addition I have started on pulling together the research on the Frederick Mine as well as working on more employment cards however many seem to be impossible to read and will most likely be deleted if the archive does not have a use for the new versions. None the less this week well just now I learned that my group has lost a member randomly without any prior knowledge however I do not see that affecting the progress of the site. Hopefully I will be able to build up more on the site.
This week I have only added the histories and edited photographs to the Brookside and Berwind mines. I also have hunted for pictures to add to the pages to help space out the appearance of the histories. Most of the pictures are at the end of a very long cue presently. As I was able to get a collection of 500 employment cards from Chris and have been trying to make them even and cut out the background, while keeping them legible. So far they have started to come around but the time for edits on one seem to be around 5 minutes a piece on the easy ones where the employee signed in pen, the ones in pencil average around 15 minutes and even then are not as legible as I would prefer. However the employment cards I have completed 17 so far, and plan to work on more. I was not able to get to the archive last Thursday due to a migraine, but will stop by this week, after I have completed the paper required for Philpott. After I complete the paper I will be digging through everything I have gotten my hands on to complete another list of information I need to compile to properly set the site up for usability beyond the structure
This past week I have completed the histories of the Crested Butte, and Maxwell Mines and updated them. I also hunted down more pictures tilted them to be as squared as possible, and cut off the white edges from the earlier scanning. After adjusting the tilt and cropping the pictures I did a saturation and contrast alteration to make the pictures pop a bit more, and uploaded them. I also created two pages for Austin and Tim to play on on scalar so that they can become accustomed to the often clunky nature of the sites set up. Both pages are currently located under the Arizona state file tree location, as presently there are no identified mines in that tree. I also plan to forward the blog address that Dr. Rees left me to Tim. Aside from that I need to talk to Tim and Austin about their blogs. Other than that I plan to visit the archive on Thursday after class to see if I can pull some audio files and get started on the audio file cropping unless Tim has started on it. outside of that I need to check on the Map scanning and digitizing that Chris said he would get Trevor working on. Beyond that I will need to pull more research materials on other mines so that we can at least get the ten histories in place before worrying about the attachment of the audio files. In addition I plan to continue to pull and edit photos from the steelworks of the west archive and upload them to the proper mine pages with the hopeful effect of proving each page with an optimistic 6 photos a piece, which for some mines is all but a pipe dream.
This week seems to be a week of waiting. I am presently waiting for Trevor and Chris to complete the map scanning and photograph uploads that I need to continue the work I have started. While I wait however I will continue to add information concerning various mines and histories. The main concern I am presently harboring happens to be the sound cloud concept when it comes to the audio file upload that Tim will be starting in on. As I can assist him with reading through transcripts and choosing the audio selections to upload while I wait. Unlike Austin whom I have no clue how to help if I even can. GIS is well beyond my scope of knowledge presently. I also will need to look into additional Employment cards to add to the original ten mines that were done last semester to see if I can furnish them in a clear and viable format, and see how many we have to work with for the other mines. After Class last week I went to the archive and looked through multiple maps looking for the ones I would like digitized first. In the Hunt we found a few maps of Bokoshe which I didn’t expect but no maps of Allen Mine which shocked myself and Chris. I am also waiting for more Fatalgrams to be scanned in that I can alter and upload to the site itself and apply to their various mines. While I wait I will continue to compile lists of the items I need Chris and his minions to locate and scan in as the original list was only 20 maps and 28 photographs as a bare-minimum to complete the general flow of the site. The lack of any photographs and maps so far has not become a reality, yet with Allen Mine which operated for nearly 40 years I fear the potential of missing or misfiled documents breaking the uniformity of layouts. Sadly this week however I wont be able to meet down at the archives as Chris wont be in. I have however started to enter in the Data for the Crested Butte Mine and the Maxwell Mine.