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Jeff Boruszak

on 22 October 2012

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The Who's Who of the ANVC The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture From the website: SCALAR So What Exactly is Scalar? Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required. So it's a blog? NO! A Publishing Platform for Writing with Media Jeffrey Boruszak 10/22/12 The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture seeks to enrich the intellectual potential of our fields to inform understandings of an expanding array of visual practices as they are reshaped within digital culture, while also creating scholarly contexts for the use of digital media in film, media and visual studies. By working with humanities centers, scholarly societies, and key library, archive, and university press partners, we are investigating and developing sustainable platforms for publishing interactive and rich media scholarship. Created by support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment of the Humanities http://scalar.usc.edu/about/ Run out of the University of Southern California http://scalar.usc.edu/people/ Tara McPherson, Lead PI, ANVC, Associate Professor, School of Cinematic Arts, USC
Erik Loyer, Co-PI, Creative Director, Vectors and ANVC
Craig Dietrich, Co-PI, Information Design Director, Vectors and ANVC, Assistant Professor of Cinema Practice, School of Cinematic Arts, USC
Steve F. Anderson, Co-PI, Critical Commons, Editor, Vectors, Archive Liaison, ANVC
Phil Ethington, Co-PI, Professor, USC Dornsife College, Archive Liaison, ANVC Current Grant PIs: Tara McPherson, Lead PI, ANVC, Associate Professor, School of Cinematic Arts, USC
Wendy Chun, Co-PI, ANVC, Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University
Brian Goldfarb, Co-PI, ANVC, Associate Professor of Communication, UCSD
Nicholas Mirzoeff, Co-PI, ANVC, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, NYU, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
Joan Saab, Co-PI, ANVC, Associate Professor of Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies, Director, Visual and Cultural Studies Program, University of Rochester Original Grant PIs: Erik Loyer, Creative Director, Vectors and ANVC
Craig Dietrich, Information Design Director, Vectors and ANVC
Tara McPherson, Executive Director, PI, ANVC; Editor, Vectors
Steve F. Anderson, PI Critical Commons, Editor, Vectors, Archive Liaison, ANVC
Jillian O’Connor, Project Manager, ANVC
Micha Cardenas, Developer and Instuctor, USC Graduate Student and Artist
Alexei Taylor, Designer and Instructor, Hemispheric Institute, NYU
John Bell, Programmer, ANVC, Assistant Professor, Innovative Communication Design, University of Maine
Additional support by Marcela Fuentes
Website development by Won J. You
Scalar logo designed by Alex Louie USC Core Development Team: Further Partnerships include Vectors, as well as the Scholarly Communications Institute From the website: If that seems to complex, then think of it like this: Scalar is a way to publish media-infused books online. Rather than being tied to text-only representations, Scalar is a platform that allows an author to integrate audio/video capabilities, metadata/tags, and even create individual paths through a single work, removing the temporal restraints of the typical book. So how is it different? Blogs are still temporal. They organize themselves by date and move chronologically. They can reference other posts but not integrate them. Even with #hashtags, a blog limits you to following topics in the order they appeared by date. Scalar allows you to create the ways a reader will move around in a work. So is it just for scholars? No! That's the beauty of Scalar. It's meant to be for everyone! Any person would be able to publish a work, and it has a high degree of usability, taking tools that would have required technical know-how to pull off on Word Press, and putting them at the fingertips of everyone. So What Can I Do With Scalar? 1. Easily incorporate media into your work
2. Annotate the media
3. Access public domain media through partnerships with the Internet Archive, Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library, the Critical Commons, and the Shoah Foundation Institute
4. Create "paths" through the work to individualize reader experiences
5. Allow comments and discussion on the work
6. Allow multiple authors for a single work (Die Monograph, die!)
7. Create visualizations of your work Visualizations? Yup! We'll play with these shortly, but for now here are some examples: http://scalar.usc.edu/nehvectors/mirzoeff/index Documentation and Accessibility Scalar is open source/open API, so you can do anything you imagine with it. BUT! It hasn't launched yet. So access/source code isn't yet available. Likewise, individual authors have created documentation on how to read Scalar, but official how-to guides are not publicly available yet.
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