Middlebury

Nepal PCV Online

Summary

In June 1963, a group of perspective Peace Corps Volunteers - 40 young American men - arrived at the University of Oregon for training as rural community development workers in the royal kingdom of Nepal. Using gathered photographs, insights and anecdotes, PCV Nepal Online will show how Nepal has changed over the last 45 years.


Five of us, Professor David Rosenberg, Ed Tech Specialist Joseph Antonioli, and Media Lab tutors Tara, Mahesh and Dinesh formally started the project after our first meeting on 5th July.

The meeting started with professor Rosenberg's description of Nepal while working as the peace corp volunteer. However we did take time to smile over the coincidence that all the tutors were from Nepal. After briefly discussing about- how difficult is it to trek uphill in Nepal we decided to build a road map for the project.

Given the typical nature of the project Joe suggested that we build the website in wikimedia instead of the Segue.

The main objective of the website is to bring the stories and photographs of the 40 volunteers (1960s and later) as they worked towards creating plentiful and peaceful Nepal.

It is very hard to imagine a web page without images. In particular for this project images are ideal to provide information because they demonstrate the beauty of Nepal while keeping track of the stories of the peace corp volunteers.


To arrange the images in an organized way- making it integrated with the links is not an easy task. To allow us work quickly and in a planned way, we decided to create the flickr account and save all the images there.

Professor Rosenbergs images are all 35 mm slides. We had to scan them before we could save it to our computer.There were about nine hundred images. At times it was slightly irritating when the slide feeder and scanner didnot workout well, but in big picture it was fun to watch great pictures of frightening mountains and green valleys of the home country.

While we kept scanning Professor Rosenberg always seemed excited to watch the pictures. I think he really appreciated the remote Nepal in Media Lab screen. At the moment we are working on the homepage of the website.We are doing a lot of trial and error to design a picteresque and thematic home page.


People

Faculty

  • David Rosenberg, Professor of Political Science

Development

Media and Tools

Scan Photos

Original photos are available as 35m slides. A Nikon Slide Scanner and ''insert software'' was used to digitize the slides at 1200dpi. The tifs were collected and stored on Muskrat, in the following directory hierarchy:

  • Name of Collection of Pages
    • Name of Page

Some slides have notes written on them. These notes are included in the file name.

Touch up work (cropping, alignment, color correction, etc.) was done in Photoshop. The final images were saved as high resolution jpegs.

Organize Images

Jpeg versions of the photos were added to a Flickr account, NepalPCV. Name, a description, and general tags were added during the upload. Specific tags are being added on an ongoing basis by David and the other members of the Peace Corp group.

Build an Online Presence

PCV Nepal uses Middlebury's installation of Mediawiki as a platform for viewing the images in the context of the stories being told. At this time, David is gathering the stories from his colleagues and adding them to PCV Nepal, with the help of Mahesh, Tara and Dinesh.

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