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Scalar for Historians

John Randolph, Author
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What is Scalar?

Scalar is an online authoring tool, that allows you to create digital presentations (books, articles, projects) that combine text, media, annotations, tags and hyperlinks in a compelling and thoughtful way. 

Designed by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture and currently hosted by USC, Scalar is one of the first authoring environments designed by scholars for producing 'born digital' scholarship. Scalar requires no advanced technical knowledge to use, and its interface resembles that of common blogging platforms such as WordPress. But unlike most blogs—which follow a strict top-down, newest to oldest order—Scalar both allows and asks authors to make choices about the order in which information is presented.   As an author, you can create linear sequences called 'paths'–like the one you're on now–that direct readers to pages in sequence.  In addition, Scalar offers numerous tagging and annotating tools, that allow both authors and readers to move among categories of objects (web pages, media files, comments, annotations) at will.
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