Week of 2/18/2016

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This week I have uniformed all the pages I can presently on the site (image headers for every page with at least one image, Standardized all the pictures I have seen load to medium size, changed or added in the tonnage and years that Megan has passed on to me, I’m continuing to research what I can about the various mines outside of Mill & Mine and the white book whose name constantly escapes me.  Also added the Utah section that Megan has shown on her version, even found a picture for one of the iron mines. I also have finalized uploading the history, pictures and accident report for the Morley Mine which will act as our template page on the site. Most Pictures required some small level of editing from cropping to improving the contrast or tone.  I have also gone through and made sure all maps that have been done in the past are displaying upon the site even with the upload size limit that Scalar has downgraded too. I did end up having to redo 4 maps and upload them off site to photobucket at present for display purposes only until Chris and I can set up a folder on the Steelworks of the West’s server. I have also gone through and checked each pages photo collections and uploaded about 40 pictures that were not on the scalar for other mines and have added the history to Allen mine as well. I have added some information I have found concerning the Mcnally mine particularly about the second reign of terror strike that burned down most of the camp at the site. Other than that I have uploaded a background image to the alphabetical listing to make it look like you are entering a mine. I have also worked on writing up the pitch based off of last semesters pitch to show and add to what has been done in the past, but am currently waiting for Tim or Austin to add to the brief outline of their work to the list.

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Week of 2/10/16

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This week, I have started on revamping the general format of the site. This includes breaking the Mines down into categories by state and then into county. This will help with easier use and helping those who visit the site to narrow down searches for mines in which family members may have worked if they know the general location. I Also changed up the Chronological set up, and instead of having it break down into 3 subsets broken apart by 12 years for the first two and 78 years for the last I broke them down into decades . This will also help in making the site easier to use for general research purposes. I have kept the Alphabetical list however I removed a sub category that was listed under it. I have also been able to add the title banner I worked on last semester to help give the site a bit more in the way of appearance. Austin is currently working on working with GIS to attempt to better build a replacement for he google maps or a means through which to enhance them. I have also been fighting with the Path set up as it is not showing the full path layouts anywhere on site so far, and the reclassification set up has broken most of the google map sections that were in existence prior too. This week I hope that Austin, Tim, Trevor, Chris and I can discuss what we want to do with the addition of accident reports , however that is something I am not sure how to add in as of yet.  However it will permit the me to get the access to the Steelworks of the West website to create a hidden directory where we can upload and redirect the images too the Scaler . I also plan to ask Chris for a few pictures into Mine shafts to be uploaded so I can make a better boarder than the golden  metal boarder that Trevor added. Beyond that I invited Megan to the meeting on Thursday so I can ask her about some sources for information she had that seem incongruent with what i have located thus far, and she has offered to let me see what she has done concerning Iron Mines that we might be able to add to the site as it is.

The First Meeting

 

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Today, I meet with Aj, and Tim, Chris, and Trevor, and we discussed the general problems with the original format of the site, as well as ideas of how to improve the stylization of the present site. Trevor got Aj and Tim set up on scaler. So Far its looking like we might be expanding the site more than I initially believed would be prudent but we shall see. There was discussion of adding accident reports to the site as well as seeing how and if we can streamline and uniform the appearances of all the pages in a general manner.

Finals Week

This Week or rather Today and Tomorrow I will continue to help find areas of what has been done that can be either better clarified or improved visually. So far over the weekend I have edited every page save for the main directories and the acknowledgements page. I have edited multiple photos and gotten Trevor to send me a picture of the Anthracite Mine that I uploaded to the site and clearer up for a photo-header.

 

 

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You were Warned, it was happening

11-30-2015

This week I am planning on looking into digging up more maps and potentially reworking some if not all of the maps again to make them appear even prettier, if not making them more legible at smaller resolutions. the Core problems come really on the point of aesthetics however where in does a map look better when it has the aged yellow color of paper or when it looks clean and new ? This is a problem for me as I like both but i think the cleaner appearance may in fact make the maps easier to read and might fit better with the general appearance of the site in general. I Also plan to visit the archive on Thursday if I can get Megan and Trevor to come with me as I cannot seem to get in contact with Chris at any time. There are some maps missing from the collections I have grabbed that are evidenced upon CF&I’s Archive web page but were not in the networks collections I have transfered which bugs me significantly.

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Week of 11/23/15

This week I plan to put together a few assignments for Matuziak then to meet up with my family members who are in state for an over large dinner. Beyond that I have put up all the maps I have available presently and will need to visit the archive the following week to get some maps that were unrecoverable from the hard drive that needed resurrection. However I have redone 23 maps and uploaded them.