How to Ghost Hunt In History
Ultimately I narrowed my ghost hunting to three areas, a
famous conference, feminist periodicals, and women’s history as an academic field. However, the organization of this project is
intended, to the extent it is possible within Scalar [link to reflection
piece], to reflect the often circular and frustrating aspects of my research
have not used most of them. In
particular, I decided that both paths, which create linear reading routes, or
tags, which indicate relationships between pages, imposed a greater cohesiveness
on to the project than exists.
Instead, building on Scalar’s deeper infrastructure, I’ve embedded
links to pages of the project (indicated by the color green) within pages. The content on the embedded pages becomes
visible when the cursor passes over these links. This sense of interrupted narrative, and
glimpses of other information is similar to what I experienced while
researching. Similarly, I’ve not
included footnotes, but rather have harnessed Scalars ability to pull content
in from partner archives or have included external links (blue) to my sources,
often in google books.
The comments function of Scalar offered the ability to
include multiple perspectives. I am
deeply indebted to the early readers who offered their comments
Although I envision the reader wandering through this
project, early readers indicated a desire for some signposts. I added a numbered sequence (from 1-22) to
the titles of pages that creates one sort of path and allows the reader can
approximate the location of each page in the larger narrative.
Finally although we have not created the menu option to
organize my pages, using the “explore” option on menu bar on the left the
reader may explore relationships between pages.
In particular, I find the radial view intriguing for the connections is visualizes between pages.