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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!

Scalar: Scheduled Server Migration

ANVC will be moving forward with the final phase of our server migration this Friday (July 11th), 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 might be lost. 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 but are also delighted that the new server configuration will soon be complete!

ANVC is Hiring.

ANVC is looking for a front-end developer to join the Scalar team on a part-time basis. Responsibilities will include the production, modification, and maintenance of Scalar’s user interface. This will involve working closely with the Creative Director to turn design concepts expressed in wireframes or other means into working semantic cross-browser and cross-platform code via HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

See our full announcement for more details.

Scalar: Scheduled Server Migration

The ANVC team will be moving Scalar to a new state-of-the-art server environment on Tuesday, June 3rd between, roughly, 9am and noon (PDT). 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 might be lost. We will post a separate alert -both here and 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.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Collections Now Available in Scalar

Scalar authors now have access to nearly 400,000 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The collection, released by the Met earlier this month, is part of their Open Access for Scholarly Content program. Images from the program are intended for students, educators, researchers, and creators of non-commercial content. Among the 394,323 images: works of Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso among many others, as well as photographs of ancient European tapestries and pieces from the museum’s Egyptian, Islamic and Asian holdings.

This collection is fully searchable within Scalar, and both images and their associated metadata can be imported directly into a Scalar book. Similar to the behavior of all imported media in Scalar books, images from this Met collection, once imported, remain on the museum’s servers but are displayed in Scalar books next to their metadata (e.g. title and source). Locating the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection in Scalar’s author interface is easy; it can now be found listed under “Other archives” when importing media.

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The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture

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