The (De)collected War of the Worlds uses a group of digital tools to present data related to Wells’s novel. All of these tools, with the exception of Reclaim Hosting, are available free of charge for non-commercial use. Many of them are funded by grants and donations for digital humanities projects and other educational and scholarly endeavors. As none of them requires sophisticated coding knowledge, they are ideal for pedagogy.
Google My Maps was used to create this project’s map of major geographical sites in Surrey, England related to The War of the Worlds and H. G. Wells’s life. Anyone with a Google account can create, edit, and share custom maps using Google My Maps in Google Drive.
Hypothesis is a web-based annotation tool created by The Hypothesis Project. Annotations to web pages are made using a Google Chrome extension, but can be viewed in other browsers if a site uses the Hypothesis plugin (as this project does). Registered Hypothesis users can comment on others’ annotations in addition to creating their own. Hypothesis is used on The (De)collected War of the Worlds to critically annotate each of the transcripts of Pearson’s Magazine that are hosted here. (Don’t forget to export your annotations!)
Juxta Commons is a text juxtaposition tool created by NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship): an organization that promotes scholarly digital humanities projects on nineteenth-century literature and culture. Users of Juxta Commons can upload two or more text files and compare words and formatting. There are several options for visually presenting the resulting data. The (De)collected War of the Worlds uses Juxta Commons to present the significant textual differences between the Pearson’s installments of The War of the Worlds and the collected volume.
Reclaim Hosting is the only paid tool used for this project. It offers low-cost web hosting and site domains for educators and scholars. The Reclaim Hosting team rightly point to the fact that digital content hosted on an institution’s website can present problems for students’ and scholars’ ownership and maintenance of their work. The (De)collected War of the Worlds uses the least expensive plan at Reclaim Hosting to enable the use of WordPress plugins and to back up the website. The plan includes the site’s domain name.
Timeline JS is one of several “storytelling tools” created by the Northwestern University Knight Lab. It is used on The (De)collected War of the Worlds to present timeline data related to the early publication of The War of the Worlds in Britain.
WordPress is a content management system (CMS) with several free and paid options for creating and hosting blogs and websites. The (De)collected War of the Worlds was designed and is maintained using the free version of WordPress, modified with several simple plugins made available through Reclaim Hosting (see above).