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DH Press

DH Press is data visualization toolkit built as a plugin for WordPress that currently enables users to build maps and display data via topics cards. It also includes a pretty awesome text/audio feature great for providing access to oral histories.

DH Press 2.0 was released on Friday, June 20. You can read more about this release and the features it includes here.

To help potential users get a feel for how DH Press works, we’ve pulled together a test dataset about musicians that takes full advantage of the full range of the tool’s features and we’ve built a demo project so that you can see how it all works.

The demo project visualizes the origins and tour stops of ten musicians and includes various metadata about each musician, including their discography and band members. We created the project as a way to incorporate audio (songs, via Soundcloud), video (interviews, via YouTube), spatial visualization (maps of origins and tour stops), transcripts/timestamps (lyrics, in conjunction with Soundcloud), and descriptive information all in a single project. Musicians 2.0 also incorporates topic cards, a feature new to DH Press, which visualize all musicians on one page with various information about each on their respective cards.

If you’d like to add the plugin to your own installation of WordPress, you can download the newest version here. User documentation is in-the-works and available here.

DH Press is a project of the Digital Innovation Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

DH Press & Oral History: Projects
A set of blog posts detailing how to develop digital oral history projects using DH Press is available here: Part 1 / Part 2.

Note: The projects below were build with an earlier version of DH Press. That said, the features you see in each of these projects are still available in the new release!

Digital Portobelo
A cultural preservation and collaborative research initiative that focuses on an Afro-Latin community who call themselves and their performance tradition “Congo.” Digital Portobelo uses DH Press as a space to collect materials (such as oral histories) and as a platform for exchange with the community and with other scholars. For a behind the scenes look at how we built Digital Portobelo, check out the DIY materials and instructions available here.

Mapping the Long Women’s Movement
An experiment with indexing, using, and ultimately understanding oral history in new ways. This project maps segments of oral history interviews from a collection of the Southern Oral History Program that is housed at the Southern Historical Collection in Wilson Library.

DH Press & Archives: Projects
The projects below do not incorporate oral histories, but may be of interest to archivists and librarians since they are built on digital collections and/or digitized historical resources.

Mapping Early NC Lebanese Households
Built on census data, this project maps Lebanese households in select North Carolina cities from 1900 to 1930. It was created in collaboration with the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies at North Carolina State University as an interactive digital component of Cedar in the Pines, an exhibit on display at the North Carolina Museum of History through August 31, 2014.

Recovering Hayti
One of our very first demo projects, Recovering Hayti is an ongoing collaborative project of the Digital Innovation Lab and Preservation Durham, a local historic preservation society. The project maps the lost community of Hayti, an African American neighborhood that was largely destroyed during urban renewal efforts of the 1960s. Currently, the project maps over 200 homes and businesses using the photos and parcel appraisals from the Durham Urban Renewal Records. These documents are part of the North Carolina Collection at the Durham County Library, and were digitized by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. The map, drawn in 1961, was created by City Planning and Architectural Associates of Chapel Hill and a digital version was provided by the Durham City-County Planning Department.

Unbuilt Parkway
An interpretive exhibit built by undergraduate and graduate students in an Introduction to Public History course, Unbuilt Parkway brings together for the first time the stories of several Blue Ridge Parkway-related plans and proposals that were –- for a variety of reasons -– stillborn, killed, abandoned, or changed during the park’s now more than 75 year history. It is a companion project to Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway, a repository of historical materials hosted at the University of North Carolina Libraries.

You can also visit the DH Press project gallery to explore more.

Feel free to get in touch with the fine folks at the Digital Innovation Lab: You can also follow us on Twitter: @dh_unc.

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