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Scalar for Historians

John Randolph, Author

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Why Would Historians Want to Use It?

Since the invention of the Web and even more so with the rise of mobile technologies, historians have been seeking platforms for their work that could take advantage of the possibilities (and reach the audiences) created by digital technology. 

Scalar provides a new venue for such experiments in digital scholarship, with several advantages. 

It's relatively easy to use; it doesn't involve registering with or giving your data to a for-profit company; it integrates media, annotations, tags, and other hypermedia into text in a thoughtful way; it forces us (in an equally thoughtful manner) to be conscious about how we use these possibilities.  

Scalar is also integrated with discussions about scholarly use and copyright, and asks us to be quite thoughtful and careful about how we source and archive the materials we use in our work. And it's free! 

For all these reasons and others, we're exploring it as a research and teaching platform at the University of Illinois.
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