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Scalar

Scalar is a free, open-source authoring and publishing platform designed for scholarly use. Developed by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture at the University of Southern California and inspired by the work of Vectors Journal, also at USC, As a digital publishing platform, Scalar is specifically oriented toward the writing of media-rich, long-form, born-digital scholarship. One sees this academic orientation in the tools available within Scalar but also in the basic ways in which a project is created in Scalar. More


Why Use Scalar?

  • Scalar encourages authors to collect and assemble multimedia materials from a variety of sources, write text, and then to construct narratives using a wide variety of layouts and designs.
  • Multimedia can be uploaded directly to a Scalar site, but Scalar also includes interfaces for searching and pulling resources from popular online archives, including Critical Commons, the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Omeka websites.
  • Content is added to ‘Paths’ to assemble displays of material either in more conventional layouts that replicate familiar print structures or in ways that take advantage of the unique capabilities of digital writing, including nested, networked, and non-linear formats.
  • Scala supports the annotation of video, audio, images, source code, and text. Annotations of audio and video can have start and end times associated with them so that when the media is played, the corresponding annotations are highlighted. Images can be annotated by drawing a box around a portion of an image and entering a comment.

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Posted by November 5, 2021