Digital Scholarship Projects at Boston College
A selection of projects developed in collaboration with the Digital Scholarship Group, Library Systems staff, and other members of BC Libraries. For additional information, view project portfolio.
John La Farge Stained Glass in New England: A Digital Guide. Boston College Libraries. CC-BY-NC. August 2015
- Technical aspects: Omeka (text, images, metadata), visualizations: Timeline.js, and geolocation plugin.
- Collaborative project with Dr. Jeff Howe (Art History) to complement John La Farge exhibit at the McMullen Museum.
Missionary Linguistics in colonial Africa. Boston College Libraries. CC-BY-NC. April 2016
- Technical aspects: Text encoding (TEI), Ruby on Rails application with HTML5 theme, PostgreSQL database for querying metadata and linguistic taxonomies, Markdown, GitHub, CartoDB.
- Collaborative project with senior honors student, Doyle Calhoun (Linguistics).
Burns Antiphoner. Boston College Libraries. CC-BY-NC. Fall 2016
- Technical aspects: Music encoding initiative (MEI), Diva.js (OS image viewer) for search and query of metadata, incipits, and text ingested into and pulled back from CANTUS DB.
- ATIG grant funded project with Dr. Michael Noone, support from researcher Graeme Skinner (Australia), and CANTUS international chant database project staff.
The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music. Boston College Libraries. CC-BY-NC. Summer 2016
- Technical aspects: Omeka (metadata, text, audio, music transcriptions), Music XML, linked data. Experimental component using linked data to visualize network of musicians connected with the tune collection.
- Collaborative project with Séamus Connolly.
Documenting Teresa Carreño
I am currently developing a project entitled: Documenting Teresa Carreño. This is an open-access project which will bring together primary source materials, such as advertisements, announcements, and reviews from newspapers, with descriptions or annotations in order to document Carreño’s career between 1862 – 1917. Access to criticism and reception of her performances, as well as other primary source documents, will be provided in original format when available or through transcription.
A component of this project will be to provide a geo-spatial visualization of Carreño’s performances using the Neatline plugin. Carreño’s concerts will be displayed both geographically and temporally, allowing users to explore primary sources or artifacts related to specific events. This project is meant to be collaborative and encourages students, scholars, and the public to contribute information about Carreño’s performances.
I will write occasional posts on my blog, which will explore the process, source materials, and provide updates about this project.
If you are a librarian, archivist, scholar, or public historian (etc.) who may be interested in providing content for this project or collaborating on certain pieces, such as transcriptions or digital images, please contact Anna Kijas, Boston College (kijas at bc.edu).
Teresita y el Piano [Teresita and the Piano]
I am the United States researcher for a documentary and multi-media project about Teresa Carreño, which will examine her life and career. The project is led by Andreina Gómez (Director and Producer, Salinas Producciones, Venezuela), Ana Moreno (Producer, Bumpy Road Films, UK/USA), and Xavier Agudo (Co-Producer, EX Film Collective, Germany) The project timeline began in 2010 and will continue through 2017.