Can we make inferences, connections about the distribution of modern digital services Newark compared to the historical redlining maps? What can we say about digital redlining here? If this was a game, what does this board suggest about the way such a game is played, who makes the rules, who has to play?
To explore these relationships in this Make we will construct a map we can compare with the H5P juxtaposition tool.
First you should download a copy of the base map for the 1939 Essex County HOLC map:
You will next need to create a screenshot image of the same area (we suggest going a little bit larger than the are on the original map) from one of the map sources listed for NetNarr Week 11 (learn how to capture a screenshot here).
See below for a walk through of the process of creating your Game Board:
To create a comparison map, you will need to get your map in the same size as the original map. You can use any graphics editor that allows you to work in layers (Photoshop, The Gimp); her we provide instructions for the free pixlr.com web based image editor.
Pick the second option to Open an Image from the Computer, and use the HOLC Essex County map you downloaded above.
Next we want to add our second map as a layer; in pixlr use Open Image as Layer from the Layer menu
You can only see this new layer because it is sitting on top of the base map.
We will use the opacity settings so we can partly see through it. Click the bottom left button under layers for toggle layer settings:
Slide the opacity to about 30-40%- look for landmarks like the Hackensack and Passaic rivers that you might be able to match.
Next, select Transform from the Edit menu.
Hold the shift key to resize from the corners to make the map bigger or smaller (the shift key preserves the image proportions) and slide it to align the rivers.
When aligned, return to the image opacity, and restore its settings to 100%. Now you have your map layer aligned with the original redlining map.
Use the crop tool to select around your map area, press return to crop the image:
Now under File, select Save to download a copy of your resized map to your computer.
You have the two image files now to put into the slider creation tool at H5P (you will need to create a free account here).
Follow the link to create H5P content.
Enter a description title, and for Content type, scroll down to select Image Juxtaposition
Use the form to add your to images, and publish it to H5P – it will provide a URL at the end you can use for the response to this Make
Example for "Digital Redlining: The Newark Game Board":