Since my last post for the class, my project has morphed. Realizing the data I collected is not stable, I have decided to take a single element from the data and work with that. The records that I am looking at have provided a number of locations where nurses served, as well as some of the hospitals they too were treated at. My goal for my project is to now start mapping those locations. I have several thoughts on how to expand the mapping project, such as including information on major battles in relation to where these hospitals are, but I will have to see how far I get with mapping the select hospitals first. As far as the tool I will be using, I have been working with a couple of StoryMapping programs.
While the 1914-1918 Online International Encyclopedia (run out of Freie Universität Berlin) does not have a mapping component to the project, it serves as an important hub for information and resources on the First World War. It is, as the name suggests, a digital encyclopedia where many individuals have contributed entries with reputable sources, both primary and secondary. To quote the project, it “reflects the increasingly international research on the First World War, but also significantly advances it by identifying gaps and desiderata” (Source).
The second project I would like to touch upon is the UK National Archives “First World War: A Global View” map project. This project, I believe, is somewhat similar to what I am working on, but on a global, macro scale as opposed to the micro scale I am focusing on. The project allows for visitors to click on various parts of the globe, and when a specific country/region is selected, the map provides a general overview of the contribution of that location to the First World War. My goal with my project is to do a similar setup, having the hospitals mapped, but providing information on each, and where I can find appropriate ones, include images.
The third project I have examined is Europeana 1914-1918. This project is similar to the 1914-1918 encyclopedia mentioned above, but it is geared more towards primary materials and artifacts. With each artifact, typically the project provides a small description of the item, as well as the significance of it in relation to the First World War. This is something I would like to do with my own project, explaining the significance and importance of each of the hospitals that I map, especially with their relation to major events of the war itself.