Can I get help with Prospect?
The Digital Innovation Lab has a small staff and limited resources: the degree of direct support we can offer is limited and prioritized towards UNC interests. If you need help, try the following possibilities to find help for your questions:
- Use the online learning materials on this website
- Scan the table of contents of the Prospect user manual or search it for relevant terms
- Discuss your issue with members of UNC’s OASIS staff who have Prospect training
- Seek the help of trained student workers at the Digital Innovation Lab
- Visit the Digital Innovation Lab Office Hours (limited time availability) http://cdl.unc.edu/dilcdhi
- Contact the DIL at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is Prospect free? Is it open-source?
Is Prospect the appropriate tool for my Digital Humanities project?
Prospect is appropriate for collections of structured data: that is, groups of items that can be described by a predetermined and consistent set of data attributes (such as name, age, gender, etc), including data that points to images, webpages, audio and video recordings, and so on.Prospect contains tools that enable a team of workers (with different capabilities for levels of credentials) to collect, create, edit and revise the data. Once in place, the data can be made available to the end-user on WordPress webpages as well as through the visualizer.
Prospect’s visualizer loads all of your project data into the web browser from the web server so that it responds as quickly as possible. The current generation of web browsers begin to become sluggish and slow if there are more than about 6,000 records, but few DH projects grow larger than this scale.
Prospect does not (by itself) offer an appropriate solution for annotated text editions, automated text analysis, simulations, or mathematical models.
How does Prospect support my data and project sustainability requirements?
Creating a digital project requires a huge investment of time and energy, much of which is spent on creating “clean” data. You will want to be sure that the data and the results of your investment live beyond the very few years of any particular technology on which it initially runs.Prospect adheres to best practice guidelines to ensure a long-term strategy for data sustainability by:
- reading and writing data in the universal CSV file format
- enabling all configuration data to be imported and exported as human-readable JSON/text files
- creating human-readable data dictionary text files that describe your data schema
- using standard data formats for data values
- offering a generalized platform that will be continually maintained as WordPress continues to evolve