Accessing Europeana Content with the WP-CHContext plugin

Posted on September 26, 2013 by

I was really thrilled when earlier today, I learned that the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (Poznańskie Centrum Superkomputerowo-Sieciowe) had created a CHContext widget, as well as a WP-CHContext plugin. Both the widget or the plugin allow you to pull in related content from Europeana, DPLA, Polish Digital Libraries Federation, or your own custom data provide and display it on your website or WP blog. I decided to play around with the WP-CHContext plugin and pull in digital content in Europeana related to Teresa Carreño. You will find the records displayed from Europeana in the footer area of this blog, under the header, “Related Carreño Primary Sources.”  (more…)


Newly added content to Documenting Teresa Carreño

Posted on August 19, 2013 by

I recently added more content documenting Carreño’s first performances in the United States during 1862 – 1863. During this time, the majority of her concerts occurred in New York City or Boston, MA. The content that is currently available on my site: Documenting Teresa Carreño, includes primary source citations, as well as transcriptions, which feature reviews, advertisements, and other articles printed at the time of Carreño’s performances. There are approximately twenty-seven records (as of 8/16/2013) that I have released, which document her reception in New York City and other New England cities between October 1862 – January 1863 with over 100 primary sources and transcriptions. These primary source documents taken from newspapers and music periodicals provide rich documentation about Carreño’s earliest performances in the United States, including details about her repertoire, stage presence, and interactions or associations with other musicians. (more…)


Omeka & Bibliographic Research

Posted on July 5, 2013 by

My project, Documenting Carreño, is built in an open-source web-publishing platform called Omeka. If you’re wondering why I decided to choose Omeka rather than the many other platforms available to me, you can check out a presentation I gave in May 2013 about using Omeka and geo-spatial tools (with overviews of a few other options). Essentially, Omeka is a multimodal system for content management, collections management, and archival digital collections; it is also flexible and user-friendly. If you’re interested in tutorials that range from installing to creating content within Omeka, there are some great ones already out there (so I won’t recreate the wheel). Miriam Posner’s posts and handy pdf will get you started using, or you can view screencasts on (for version 1.0+). There is also a more advanced tutorial from the Scholars’ Lab on installing Omeka using Amazon Web Services. There are two options for those interested in creating a project in Omeka, you can sign up for, which is a hosted service that comes pre-installed with several plugins or you can install and implement the full system from on a server or hosted service (i.e. Dreamhost). Here’s a comparison list of vs. I chose to use the self-hosted version from because it allows me to customize the site as I wish, as well as implement any of the plugins created for Omeka. (more…)