Collat Media Internship Program - Fall 2011 Projects
Digital Media and Archiving
As a digital media and archiving intern, Lauren worked to maintain and update the Newcomb website after a recent redesign, while learning about the CommonSpot Content Management System. She designed newsletter templates through MailChimp, catalogued Newcomb College Institute's video collection and contributed to the Newcomb Technology Blog. Throughout the second half of the semester, Lauren researched methods of extracting IPTC metadata in batches from several images at once, which was needed to save time and labor as the Newcomb Archives begins digitizing its collections. A solution was found utilizing an Automator workflow for Aperture. By combining Aperture and Automator, it was possible to import and extract the metadata in a form that can be uploaded to LUNA. Lauren designed a tutorial documenting this process, which can be found here.
Gender and Judging Blog
Emily continued working with Sally J. Kenney on a blog for the Gender and Judging group. This semester she redesigned the blog to help bring in more interest and make the blog more visually appealing. To do this, Emily moved the blog from the Wordpress.com servers, to a Tulane server. This allowed for more editorial control over how the blog appears. She was then able to completely reorganize the layout, update member profiles, created a new header, and integrate Facebook into the blog.
Interdisciplinary Faculty Research on Gender - Web Producer
As a web producer, Dana created a site on the Tulane website to display and detail the Newcomb faculty research grants awarded to Tulane University professors in 2011. This involved collecting information about the Newcomb faculty grant winners and creating a web page describing the details of the grants as they were presented during the application process. She contacted and met with the leaders of the faculty research groups to propose using the Tulane content management system to to design a small project site for members to display the progress of their projects, and to act as a center for communication and organization within the group. Dana used the content management system to organize the project information in a cohesive manner that allows the Tulane community to understand more about these grants and what they are achieving on campus. The completed web pages are viewable on the Tulane website and contain meeting archives, publications, member biographies, as well as links to group blogs and outside sources important to the project.
Material Culture of the City: Designing, Sewing and Cooking
Robin utilized resources available throughout archives on campus in order to research the life of a Newcomb alumna named Olga Peters who gave back to the New Orleans community in many ways. Olga Peters became a Carnival costume designer with the help of her days at Newcomb Art School, and gave back through teaching art and dance for many years. In order to display the life of Olga Peters and her connection to the Newcomb and New Orleans community, Robin created a website by using Flash to create various interactive pages, including a map of Newcomb's Broadway Campus.
Screening Women in the Crescent City
As part of the MediaNOLA campaign, Grace's job was to raise awareness about film history in New Orleans during the 1910's. To do this, she is designing a flash videogame. The final product will be a puzzle/rpg that lets the player experience New Orleans during the 1910's. It is currently set to be published online in Summer 2012.