Author Archives: Matt Naglak

DEI Bibliography Projects

In an effort to increase discoverability and accessibility on topics surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia and in the workplace, the DSG has been working with the Center for Social Innovation and the School of Theology and Ministry to create a variety of searchable online bibliographic databases on the CampusPress platform. With the ability to filter by subject and other appropriate metadata fields, it is hoped that these databases will continue to expand in the coming years and prove to be useful tools in the classroom and the workplace. Access to these databases is currently only available to their respective departments.

Collaborator(s): STM, School of Social Work

Triennial Jesuit Catalog Project

Beginning in Summer 2022, the DS team will be collaborating with IAJS and the Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu in Rome on a new project focused on the Jesuit Triennial Catalogs, catalogs published every three years by provincial superiors detailing the lives of the Jesuit men in their province. This project will develop a new application with a front-end display and well-defined back-end data entry dashboard for the data transcribed from the catalogs, featuring stable webpages for each man whose information is entered into the data entry setup, with a unique identifier given to that Jesuit, containing fields reflecting those within the Triennial Catalogs. Ultimately, this project will enable searching and display of the catalog records by field as well as a series of mapping and data visualizations. A link to the project will be provided upon its completion.

Polanco’s Chronicon

Juan de Polanco’s Chronicon is one of the most important sources for the history of the Jesuits during their early years, written by a man who served as personal secretary to Ignatius of Loyola and his two immediate successors as superior general of the Society of Jesus (Diego Laíiez and Francis Borgia). Because it runs to about 4,500 pages—and was until recently published only in Latin—it has long been inaccessible to most readers. The goal of this project is to make the volumes available for online reference through a side-by-side Latin-English interface, providing scholars the ability to make suggestions on the translation and perhaps even to provide commentary for future consideration. A link to the project will be provided upon its completion.

Collaborator(s): Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies (IAJS)

Digital Scholarly Edition of The Court & Kitchin of Elizabeth

In putting together an annotated digital scholarly edition of The Court & Kitchin of Elizabeth [1664], a text held by the Burns Library, we aim to accumulate skills for producing digital projects that we can pass on independently to future students and classes.  As an openly accessible resource not available in digitized form elsewhere, our edition of this text will complement other scholarly endeavors in the area of early modern recipes and food studies intended for researchers and students alike by showing the political, social, and uniquely satirical dimensions of one such cookbook. A link to the project will be provided upon its completion.

Collaborator(s): Andy Crow (Boston College), Deanna Malvesti Danforth (Boston College), Emma Atwood (University of Montevallo), Mary Crane (Boston College), 
Laura Sterrett (Boston College), Margaret Summerfield (Boston College)

Diego de Bruceña’s Lost Choir Book

The Lost Choir Book Project uses innovative 3D modeling technology and TEI/XML encoding to document the only surviving copy of an atlas-sized book of sacred music published in 1620 in Salamanca, Spain, by printer Susana Muñoz. The project will make a serious contribution to the history of music printing in early modern Iberia through the creation of a digital edition of the newly-discovered Bruceña volume with accompanying essays, as well as incorporate digital facsimiles of archival documents and accompanying transcriptions attesting to this remarkable pioneer of the printing of sacred music. A link to the project will be provided upon its completion.

Collaborator(s): Dr. Michael Noone, Department of Music; Museu da Terra de Miranda, Portugal

FWWCP Digital Collection

The FWWCP Digital Collection is a representation of over 30 years of working-class writing and publishing created by groups within The Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers (FWWCP).  The FWWCP groups included writing about class that intersected with discussions of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, mental health, food and culture, education and much more. The collections are an expanding work-in-progresss, organized by regions in England and expanding to include other countries, administrative documents, FEDeration Magazines, and more. A link to the project will be provided when it is ready for public presentation.

Collaborator(s): Dr. Jessica Pauszek, Department of English

BlackBC Walking Tour

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of BC’s African and African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS), the BlackBC Walking Tour allows online and mobile users to discover and explore black BC’s complex history on campus, in Boston, and in the nation. It mines anecdotal and informal resources as well as BC archives to commemorate the presence and contributions of black BC, and to document how this community participates in Boston’s black communities. The site will continue to be expanded in future semesters in collaboration with students and faculty in the AADS program.

Collaborator(s): Dr. Rhonda Frederick, Department of English and African & African Diaspora Studies

Mirror of Race

The Mirror of Race Project focuses on images from 1839-1876, spanning approximagely forty years before, during and after the Civil War, which demonstrate how race was a much more fluid and ambiguous concept than we may now assume. Through a combination of a freely explorable general collection and specific thematic exhibitions, Mirror of Race encourages viewers to reexamine how they see others and themselves by reflecting upon the categories of race that we employ almost automatically in our daily lives.

Collaborator(s): Dr. Gregory Fried, Department of Philosophy

Jesuit Online Necrology

The Jesuit Online Necrology is a free, collaborative, and fully searchable database of personal information for the more than 32,000 men who died as members of the Society of Jesus between 1814 and 1970 built in collaboration with the the Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu in Rome, the Institute of Advanced Jesuit Studies and the Woodstock Theological Library at Georgetown. This database provides the dates of birth, entry, and death for all the men who lived and died as Jesuits in the century and a half following the order’s restoration and includes interactive maps and data visualizations answering questions focused on the lives of these men.

The Jesuit Online Necrology project is currently in beta. The editors of the Jesuit Online Necrology welcome comments, corrections to records, suggestions for new content or features, and general feedback from users at

Keywords: Database, Metadata, Open Access, Mapping, Data Visualization

3D Models in the Classroom: Every Rock has a Story

In collaboration with CDIL, the DS team digitized a series of rock specimens utilized in Prof. Ethan Baxter’s Fall 2021 Earth and Environmental Sciences class, Every Rock has a Story, to be used in interactive videos and, eventually AR experiences. A total of approximately 35 rocks were digitized (see examples), a subsample of the more than 60 3D models that were created this year through a combination of photogrammetry and laser scanning (see our collection). (See the Digital Studio’s 3D technologies page.)