Coming into the class I did not really expect there to be this type of immersion into a whole new  process process of documenting information.  I found myself pretty overwhelmed at  the prospect of having to to wrap my head around  how to articulate my thoughts and ideas in a whole new way, but the concept was definitely intriguing.

Now that we are at the end of the semester, I feel like I am just getting the hang of things – which is a bit frustrating.  Looking at my project with the slightest bit of distance, I can see the direction it should have gone in, but I suppose that is part of the process.

As I mentioned before, once I was actually in URT regularly it seemed as though the framework that I had laid out in my head, and the criterion for which i had done all of my research, almost wasn’t relevant anymore.  The limitations of the site required me to reassess everything multiple times, each time I would feel like I almost got it, but would be jilted by one monument that did not have all of the entities that I wanted use. All of my classmates had data that required multiple reference records and layers, and I was convinced mine was wrong because it didn’t have them. It was like fitting a square peg in a round hole. It took a great deal of effort to come to terms with the fact that this is going to be a work in progress and that the structure for my project will be different than that of my classmates.

The further along I got in my project the more I started thinking about arguments that might be interesting explore later so I have made a few “sample” arguments that just elaborate on the questions I would like to answer with more time and more data at my disposal.

While visually I feel like you can see the spacial relations between monuments on my map, I would have liked to elaborate on that idea a bit more within my research.  We can see how they relate to each other through time, but I feel like there could be additional layers or paths that create other relationships as well.

I have had a love hate relationship with URT. While we have not always been on the best terms, I can definately say I have learned a great deal from it!

So, thanks URT!



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