As part of my ongoing project, Documenting Teresa Carreño, I am plotting a sample of her concert appearances between 1862 and 1865 in a Neatline Exhibit. To do this most efficiently rather than add each geocoded address to each Item Record, I explored using the programming language, Ruby. The Scholars’ Lab has two very useful tutorials on geocoding for Neatline with Ruby, which I followed and modified in order to meet my needs, and so it would function with the 2.1.4 version of Omeka that I am using for my project. Since I had 60 Item Records ready for import into Omeka, I wanted to geo-code the addresses of each concert appearance and import them as a batch upload using the CSV Plugin. It is also possible to create Item Records only with the location (coverage) information and a few other Dublin Core elements, which would be imported directly into Omeka using Ruby with the Mechanize Gem. (more…)
Here is a version of my talk, which I presented at the Digital Frontiers 2014 conference at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas on September 18, 2014.
In the introduction to her book, Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology and the Future of the Academy, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, writes, it is “important for us to consider the work that the book is and isn’t doing for us; the ways that it remains vibrant and vital; and the ways that it has become undead, haunting the living from beyond the grave.” What I think Fitzpatrick means by “undead,” is that although the scholarly monograph may not be as viable a format as it once was, it is still considered to be the gold standard in humanities scholarship, primarily when it relates to promotion, tenure, and peer review. At my current institution, I am not limited to publishing exclusively in print format or an individually authored monograph, therefore, I felt free to explore open modes of scholarly publishing and digital technologies, which could greatly enhance my research. (more…)
This past October I visited the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) after stumbling upon an entry about Roberts’ Opera House written by Jennifer R. Sharp on the Inside the CHS blog. I was digging into details about Carreño’s performances in Hartford, CT during the 1870s and ’80s, hoping that in addition to newspaper advertisements or reviews about her performances, I could locate other primary source documents held by LAMs (libraries, archives, museums) that were digitized or at least had descriptive metadata. One of the venues in which Carreño performed between 1874 and 1883 was Roberts’ Opera House in Hartford, which was in use from 1869 through 1929. (more…)