The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture

Happy Day of DH from Digital Humanities at Claremont Colleges

Craig Dietrich introduces DHarmony to Claremont Colleges Faculty, Staff, and Students.

Happy Day of DH Everyone!

We’re here at the Claremont Colleges for the DHarmony event hosted by the Digital Humanities at Claremont Colleges. Craig Dietrich, Scalar’s own Info Design Director, and the Director of the Digital Humanities Studio at the Claremont Colleges, Ashley Sanders, Digital Scholarship Coordinator for the Claremont Colleges Library, and Daniel Chamberlin, Director, Center for Digital Liberal Arts at Occidental College, will be introducing many eager faculty, staff, and students here to tools and methodologies in DH. What a fitting way to celebrate Day of DH!

Duke University Press and NYU’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Collaborate on Scalar Projects


Duke University Press has just announced the launch of two new Scalar works published in collaboration with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University.

Dancing with the Zapatistas, edited by Diana Taylor and Lorie Novak, explores the history, culture and life of Zapatistas through essays, photo essays, interviews, as well as spoken word and theatrical performances. The work offers insights into the workings of the Zapatista Council on Good Government; the murals in the Caracoles; the Escuelita; Subcomandante Marcos; and Zapatista music and celebrations.

What is Performance Studies?, edited by Diana Taylor and Marcos Steuernagel, seeks to explore the depths of the field by posing the title’s question to thirty leading scholars from seven different countries throughout the Americas and then documenting their answers. The book features video interviews, transcribed, translated, and subtitled into English, Spanish, and Portuguese, accompanied by short essays.

See more from Duke University Press, here.

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication


Today’s a great day for digital research and scholarship in the humanities. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation today announced a new joint fellowship opportunity to support high-quality “born digital” research in the humanities. Co-sponsored by the NEH Office of Digital Humanities, NEH Division of Research, and the Mellon Foundation’s Scholarly Communications Program, this new set of fellowships -the NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication– are intended to encourage scholars engaged in humanities research that will lead to a digital publication. Eligible projects must be conceived as digital; the nature of the research and the topics addressed must demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. “Successful projects,” according to Brett Bobley, Director of the NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities, “will likely incorporate visual, audio, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways that could not be included in traditionally published books.” In other words, the NEH and Mellon are looking for projects exactly like those conceived, composed and constructed in Scalar!

Application guidelines for NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication are available at The application deadline for the initial cycle is April 28, so time is limited!

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication are designed for individual researchers and scholars and support continuous full-time work for a period of six to twelve months. Successful applicants receive a stipend of $4,200 per month, with a maximum stipend of $50,400 for a twelve-month period.

Great thanks to our friends at the NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities and the Mellon Foundation for making this possible.

Scalar 2 is Here!


We’re excited to announce the official launch of our new reader interface, Scalar 2! 

The new interface has been completely rebuilt to give your books greater visual impact while making them easier to read, navigate, and edit. Among our new features: an interactive main menu; more robust visualizations; new ways to add media to pages; a new page editor and many more page layouts. For a full list of new features, see the section Scalar 2: What’s New? in our User’s Guide.

Interactive Table of Contents

An interactive table of contents now allows readers to browse the overall structure of a book without ever leaving the current page. Accessed from the top left corner of the header, readers can click on an item’s right arrow to reveal its related content (paths, tags, comments, or annotations). It’s a great way to “walk” through a book’s paths and sub-paths to get a better sense of their contents.

New Page Layouts

To increase the readability and versatility of Scalar books, we’ve added a number of new layout options to the new interface, including image headers, splash pages, media galleries, maps, and other features. The new Google Map layout, for instance, plots the current page plus any geotagged content it contains or tags on a map embedded at the top of the page. A new “Structured Media Gallery” view organizes media from multiple paths into groups of thumbnails which display their media when clicked.

Image Header Layout Structured Media Gallery Layout Google Map Layout

For a full list of new page layout options, see Selecting a Page’s Default Layout in our updated User’s Guide.

Optimized for Mobile Devices

Scalar’s new interface has been optimized for reading on tablets and smartphones. Media on smaller screens is now scaled to full width in a compact layout that’s easy to scroll through. What’s more, tablet and mobile readers can now take advantage of the new interactive table of contents to browse the structure of a book while remaining on the current page. Finally, the updated, streamlined page editor now brings Scalar authoring to mobile platforms as well.


Scalar Webinars: Announcing Our Spring Schedule

The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture will offer another series of free online webinars this spring.

All webinars will feature our new interface, Scalar 2. 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 spring schedule will include four dates:

Introduction to Scalar: February 18, 10am-12pm (PST)
Intermediate Scalar: March 10, 10am-12pm (PST)
Introduction to Scalar: March 31, 4pm-6pm (PST)
Intermediate Scalar: April 21, 4pm-6pm (PST)

Hurry, spaces are limited!

Register here.

Annotating All Knowledge

Screenshot from’ intro video featuring Vannevar Bush’s Memex, or memory index.

The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture is proud to announce our latest venture with Last fall we integrated the plugin as a fully supported annotation sidebar within the Scalar reader interface. This sidebar acts as a review layer atop each page in a Scalar book, allowing authors, readers and editors to comment on and participate in threaded conversations regarding granular textual elements on those pages (see here). In July of this year we were awarded funding from the NEH to develop copyediting and peer-review functionality within Scalar, by in part, leveraging these very features of the plugin (see here).

Today announced a coalition of over 40 scholarly publishers, platforms, and technology partners that share the goal of building an open conversation layer over all knowledge. The Alliance, and with it Scalar, will be an integral part of that coalition.

The members of this coalition represent some of the world’s largest and most important scholarly publishers and knowledge platforms — essential services such as JSTOR, PLOS, HathiTrust, arXiv, HighWire Press and Wiley. Together we realize that a robust and interoperable conversation layer can transform scholarship, enabling personal note taking, peer review, copy editing, post publication discussion, journal clubs, classroom uses, automated classification, deep linking, and much more. We understand that this layer must evolve as an open, interoperable, and shared capability aligned with the motivations and interests of scholars and researchers.

We’re excited to be a part of this effort! For more details on the coalition and a full list of its members, see here.

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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.