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Scalar & Third Party Platforms

A new section, just added to our User’s Guide, covers third party plugins and platforms which we recommend for use within, or as an supplement to, Scalar projects. Included for recommendation are various text annotators, interactive map plugins and software for building timelines. You’ll also find step-by-step instructions for embedding, via a simple iframe, any third-party platform or plugin into your Scalar project.

Check it out here.

Scalar books are faster and safer than ever

We’re happy to announce that The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture has secured a long-term server environment in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. The Dornsife Division of Information Technology has designed for us a redundant server cluster with a dedicated high speed port on the USC network. This virtual two-server configuration will seamlessly “failover” from the primary to a secondary server in the rare event that the former fails. Comparable to the state-of-the-art “enterprise” servers worldwide, our new configuration will perform daily back-ups of all Scalar content locally, and in addition, to the Disaster Recovery Center at Arizona State University in Phoenix.

In addition to these multiple failsafes behind the scenes, Scalar authors and readers should now experience faster load-times and an overall increase in performance, especially as we fine-tune and optimize the new configuration.

We’d like to thank everyone for their patience, once again, as we migrated Scalar to the new servers. We’re excited to see it finished and to know that YOUR content is safer than ever.

The ANVC Team

Server Migration Complete!

We’re happy to report that the migration of Scalar to a new state-of-the-art server environment is complete today. Users should feel free to author and edit once again. Thanks to all who put off working on their Scalar books earlier today while we finished the migration. We apologize for the inconvenience but are also delighted that the new server configuration is now complete!

Scalar: Scheduled Server Migration

ANVC will be moving forward with the final phase of our server migration this Friday (August 1st), between roughly 9:00 A.M and 12:00 P.M. (PST). During this time, all Scalar books will be available to browse and read. However, we are asking authors to refrain from editing or managing their content during this time as changes will not be saved. We will post a separate alert on Scalar during the server migration and then a final alert when it’s safe for authors to edit again. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Scalar Webinars: Announcing Our Fall Schedule

The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture will be offering a series of free online webinars this fall.

Our “Introduction to Scalar” webinars will cover basic features of the platform: a review of existing Scalar books and a hands-on introduction to paths, tags, annotations and importing media. Our “Intermediate Scalar” webinars will delve into more advanced topics including the effective use of visualizations, annotating with media and a primer on customizing appearances in Scalar.

Our fall schedule will include six dates:

Introduction to Scalar: August 21, 10am-12pm (PST)
Intermediate Scalar: September 11, 10am-12pm (PST)
Introduction to Scalar: September 25, 4pm-6pm (PST)
Intermediate Scalar: October 9, 4pm-6pm (PST)
Introduction to Scalar: October 30, 10am-12pm (PST)
Intermediate Scalar: November 20, 10am-12pm (PST)

Hurry, spaces are limited!

Register here.

Scalar Workshops

Simpson Center Scalar Workshop

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The ANVC team recently headed up to the University of Washington for a two-day Scalar workshop with faculty and graduate students at the Simpson Center for the Humanities.

The Simpsons Center has been incredibly generous in its support of students and faculty constructing born-digital research projects, and in particular, of projects designed to be either partially or fully realized in Scalar. Once in Seattle, we encountered eight such projects, each with a very clear sense of what is to be gained by presenting their argument, evidence, or research in the multimodal, media-rich formats afforded by Scalar. The two-day workshop included individual design meetings between the principals of all eight projects and a subset of our creative and editorial staff. The workshop also included both introductory and intermediate Scalar seminars and continuous hands-on Scalar lab time.

Let us know if you’d like Scalar to come to your college or university!

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The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture was created with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.