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Could the total distance traveled by a NASA space shuttle have reached Mars? How far did each shuttle go in relation to our solar system? As an inaugural project to get our digital projects studio thinking and managing a project, we used a dataset that recorded the distance traveled by each space shuttle launch from 1981 – 2011 and worked to visualize the total miles traveled for each shuttle as a hypothetical race to the red planet.
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Our team at the Digital Projects Studio is excited to present our web-based ‘field notebook’, designed with humanities and social science researchers in mind. We wanted to offer field researchers a reusable application with enough structure for ease of use but also with options for further customization according to individual needs. The main purpose of the application is to permit researchers to continually add digital objects, then retrieve and automatically group these objects in different ways as their field collections grow larger. Automated grouping is made possible by requiring the user to add some basic metadata to a digital object as soon as they enter it into the application’s database. The kind of metadata used can also be customized according to the user’s needs.
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