Academic Information Services, in coordination with the Reves Center for International Studies and the International Advisory Committee (IAC) invites faculty members to submit applications for our “William & Mary Mapping our World” Internationalization Grant. The purpose of the award is to foster student research abroad and to provide an online showcase for that research. Special emphasis will be placed on research projects with a multimedia component.
So Pablo and I are working on an exciting new project — devoted to student research abroad–which is heavily dependent on being able to include an embedded interactive multimedia Web map. (You can look at the project here: W&M Global Mapping, but it isn’t ready for prime time as of this writing, so depending on when you visit the site, you may get crazy results. We’re hoping to have the site fully armed and operational by summer 2013.)
Designers, writers, and developers have the challenge of finding the right balance of interaction among sources, interface, and user, and “virtual tours” are no different. My favorite digital humanities projects are those that get this balance right. They draw me in and allow my imagination to go anywhere. By looking at three examples of virtual tours, we can start to see the ways in which sources, interface and users interact to produce moments of interest and imagination.