All posts by Angelica Vergel


Tags for your Media

Using Tags in Scalar helps identify  relationships between content posted, whether a page or media, and works non-linearly (unlike Paths). This will help us see the commonalities between everyone’s final projects and tie in those relationships. We need to think of cohesive keywords we can use as Tags.

Please tag your media which will be beneficial to tie in those commonalities. Also, make sure you identify what type of media you used (photo, sound, video). Use the following tags:

  • Photo
  • Sound
  • Video
  • Media Studies
  • The New School
  • The New School Archives
  • Course Catalogs
  • Center for Understanding Media
  • John Culkin
  • Deirdre Boyle
  • Peter Haratonik
  • Kit Laybourne
  • Melissa Friedling
  • Oral History

Also note, some of these tags to do not exist in our project yet, so if it doesn’t create a new Page and nest your Media under this Tag Page.

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 12.45.14 AM

Scalar tutorial

Since we will be using Scalar as the platform to create our online exhibits, I introduced some of the basic functions of Scalar during lab today.

The main components of a Scalar project includes: Pages, Media, Paths, Tags, and Annotations. Pages holds your text (like creating a Post in WordPress) but Pages also holds Media, Paths, Tags, and Annotations. Each of these components has its own URL. Media can be embedded from  importing files from their affiliated archives (Internet Archive, Critical Commons, and more), other archives (which they refer to Prezi, Soundcloud, Vimeo, and Youtube), internet files, local media files. Paths are an order series of Pages. This is how you want your reader to experience the exhibit. Once more content is created in our overall Scalar project for we can intersecting paths between everyone’s exhibits. Tags are nonlinear markers/categorization, which will be useful to create Visualizations of the overall Scalar project to tie in and connect the main themes in each Page/everyone’s projects. Annotations is the ability to comment the media objects imported/embedded: video, images, audio, and text. Paths, Tags, and Annotations help create relationships that will connect the archival issues in everyone’s project.

We each signed up for Scalar accounts and I added everyone to my book project: “TNS Media Archives Test.” We added Pages and some Media and I created one Path to connect all the Pages we made:

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 1.16.24 AM


Visualization of Media and their relationship:

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 1.16.44 AM


Media cannot be directly imported from TNS Digital Archives since it is not an affiliated archives and also because it will look like this:
Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 12.56.20 AM
We will have to upload our own photos through Media, such as this one. This is what we will have to do for the photos you take from the Archives. Georgia asked if we can hyperlink to another URL on the photos we do upload. We can use html to do that function. The html code is: <a href=”URL”><img src=”URL IMAGE”/></a> This can be done when adding new content, a Page, and using HTML instead of Visual in the body where you plugin your text.

Adding Citation/Metadata
When creating a new page or media/editing  page or media: Click on “Metadata” on the bottom of the page

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 9.49.07 PM


Then Click on “Add Additional Metadata.” This popup are terms used in Dublin Core [DCTERMS] & Artstor [Art]. For the purpose of the class its only necessary to include “source” under DCTERMS which Liza pointed out to us refers to the location of the original archival material found in TNS Archives. Please include this citation in whatever media/document/photo you will be using in your project. The Archives have asked if you are using an unprocessed media studies resources, please use this format under “source”:

[identification of item -- you can determine this, or take it from the
folder title], [date], School of Media Studies records, NS020501, [Box
Number], The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New
School, New York, NY.

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 9.49.22 PM

I will be going more in depth with Scalar and its customization later in the semester and updating this post. If you have any questions please email me! Please review Scalar User’s Guide and this basic guided tour of Scalar:

There are upcoming webinars starting this Thursday for the next couple of weeks if you are interested:
Introduction to Scalar: April 10, 10am-12pm (PST)
Intermediate Scalar: April 24, 10am-12pm (PST)
Advanced Scalar: May 8, 10am-12pm (PST)

To register, you can do that here.  If you want to watch past webinars you can view them here.

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 9.41.27 PM

Platforms Overview


Omeka used by the digital humanities and are smaller projects (“the WordPress of digital archiving platforms”). If you don’t have your own server you can use and the basic free plan includes 500 MB of storage space. Omeka uses Dublin Core as their metadata standards, however through there are somewhere between 4-6 metadata standards which through plugins (such as VRA Core 4). You can search for Plugins (such as Neatline). If you want to try out Omeka, you can try it out in their Sandbox demo.


Heroes and Villains (an site)

100 Years: The Rockefeller Foundation

Battersea Arts Centre Digital Archive

Digital Dos Passos

Building an archive in

Building exhibits in


Scalar is used mostly for publishing e-books and digital born scholarship. I think this is the most promising platform. You can create paths and tags that work nonlinearly throughout your project. You can import files from their affiliated archives (Internet Archive, Critical Commons, and more), other archives (which they refer to Prezi, Soundcloud, Vimeo, and Youtube), internet files, local media files, and other Scalar books.

It is also possible to host Scalar to your ownserver!!! From their Github: “If you are technically inclined and decide to host your own version of Scalar, you’re free to customize and modify it in any way, but it’s up to you to download, install and troubleshoot updates as they become available.” However keep in mind, “the version of Scalar that is hosted on our servers guarantees that you are working on the most up-to-date version of the software.”


Performing Archive: Curtis + “the vanishing race”

Virtual Asian American Art Museum Project Pilot Lab

Scalar User’s Guide

Scalar Platform – Guided Tour :


Things to note about the differences between WordPress: Using storage space is 500MB; is 3000MB (or ~ 3GB) however, you cannot upload audio files unless you have a space upgrade. relies on your own server and is more flexible in customizing your site. There are tons of WordPress tutorials online that you can search for. ***If anyone finds a good online exhibit that is hosted through WordPress, please feel free to share it with the class.***

Another resources that were mentioned in class today:

Harvard’s Wiki on Collection and Exhibition Platforms 

Viewshare –  “a free platform created by the Library of Congress for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow users to experience your digital collections.”

Timeline JS – “is an open-source tool that enables you to build visually-rich interactive timelines and is available in 40 languages.”

 Mediathread - “connects to a variety of image and video collections (such as YouTube, Flickr, library databases, and course libraries), enabling users to lift items out of these collections and into an analysis environment. In Mediathread, items can then be clipped, annotated, organized, and embedded into essays and other written analysis.”


Angelica reports: Open-Source Digital Archiving Platforms Workshop

This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to attend the “Open Source Digital Archiving: Omeka, CollectiveAccess, and Beyond” workshop hosted at Eyebeam, and led by Hadassah Damien.  The participates in the workshop came from several professional fields and interests. Some of us were students, artists, others worked in major museums, or nonprofits with the common interest in understanding open-soured digital archiving software. The first half of the workshop we talked about the differences between Omeka and CollectiveAccess, but most importantly which platform is better for your need. “Why + Who = What” : Why are you collecting, Who will use the resource you’re collecting/who is producing or managing the platform will determine which platform will be best for you.

As we saw when Seth & Julia from CollectiveAccess visited the class, CollectiveAccess are being used by G.L.A.M institutions (galleries, libraries, archives, museums) which tend to larger projects. Omeka is being used by the digital humanities and are smaller projects compared to those using CollectiveAccess. Some of the Omeka examples we saw were:

Heroes and Villians

The Rockefeller Foundation

The Fist is Still Raised

Hadassah explained Omeka as the WordPress of the digital archiving software world. If you don’t have you’re own server, Omeka has a .net (much like WP’s .com) however it is limiting compared to having your own server. Omeka defaults its metadata standards to Dublin Core, but there are plugins that allow you to change the standards. One of the questions asked is whether the possibility of an “item” belonging to several “collections”, and sadly it cannot. And unlike CollectiveAccess, there is no option to have an “entity” in Omeka, unless you type up a html coding. Although you have more flexibility and choices with CollectiveAccess, it is harder and longer to build.

We spent the second half of the workshop playing with both platforms, which was useful to see the possibilities and differences with these platforms. If you are interested in testing out the platforms, both have a “sandbox” (testing environment).

CollectiveAccess’s Sandbox

Omeka’s Sandbox 

I’m going to be go though some of the suggested platforms Shannon recommended, but if you have any recommendations or already have in mind which platform you want to use please let me know!


SMS Student and Alumni Networking Event

Tuesday, March 11th – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

If you are interested in a career in media, the best way to start is to network!  The School of Media Studies and The Office of Career Development invite you to attend the Student + Alumni Networking Social, featuring an alumni panel.  Professionals in the media field will provide insider’s tips on the best way to network and make connections.  Learn tips and advice from professionals working in film, television, advertising, graphic design and more! Light refreshments will be served.

(Moderator) Brian McCormick, Faculty at The New School 

On Panel:

Tanya Toft, PhD Fellow at Institute of Arts and Cultural Studies, Copenhagen University
Tanisha Christie, Independent Producer, Filmmaker, Performer, and Educator

Roseann Vanessa Warren, Founder and Editorial Director at Muphoric Sounds
Maya Mumma, Filmmaker 
Kwame Opam, Writer at The Verge
Robert Minell, Transmedia Content and Technology Manager at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

At Tables:
Barry Salmon, Faculty at The New School
Sandra Reitman, Manager of Education Operations at Media Bistro
Kate Mammolito, Communications Manager at Community Healthcare Network

Adrian Hopkins, Brand Strategist at Bureau Blank
Kara Masi, Digital Producer/Content Manager at Big Spaceship
Susan Barry, Co-Founder at Saturday Afternoon Pictures
Melissa Kelly, Producer at Great City Post/Outer Borough Pictures
Carolina Correa, Video Editor at Nickelodeon
Deepthi Welaratna, Founder at Thicket:  A Laboratory for Creative Problem Solvers
Katie McGowan, Interim Director of Operations at StoryCorps

Flora White, Producer at Jane Street Entertainment

Original poster from The American Race Crisis lecture series at the New School. Courtesy of The New School Archives and Special Collections

VOICES OF CRISIS: The American Race Crisis Lectures, The New School, 1964

Original poster from The American Race Crisis lecture series at the New School. Courtesy of The New School Archives and Special Collections

Original poster from The American Race Crisis lecture series at the New School. Courtesy of The New School Archives and Special Collections


Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

February 12 – March 6, 2014

Opening reception to be held in galleries immediately following the February 12 event.

In 1964, The American Race Crisis lectures brought to The New School leading figures from the civil rights movement. Speakers included Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, James Farmer, Ossie Davis, Louis Lomax, and John Killens, among others. Now, fifty years later, VOICES OF CRISIS tells the story of the American Race Crisis lecture series, featuring exclusive audio, from the series. Through photographs, documents, transcripts, and audio recordings, including a question and answer with Martin Luther King, Jr., the exhibition sheds light on the behind-the-scenes context of these historic lectures.

Related programs:

VOICES OF CRISIS: Reliving the American Race Crisis
Wednesday, February 12, 6:30 p.m.
The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street
(formerly known as Tishman Auditorium)

C.T. Vivian, one of the most respected members of the civil rights movement and recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, joins Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, in an open-ended conversation about the struggle for racial equality over the last fifty years. With James Tillman, student at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music performing Sam Cooke’s, “A Change is Gonna Come.”

Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.
Langston Hughes Auditorium, Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York City

Following his controversial comments about President Kennedy’s assassination, Malcolm X was disinvited from The American Race Crisis lecture series. Join a conversation led by Zaheer Ali, researcher for the late Dr. Manning Marable and former project manager of Columbia’s Malcolm X Project, exploring the role of muslim leaders in the struggle for equality, the impact of X’s teachings, and the influence of the Muslim voice over the last fifty years. With a musical performance led by Alex Claffy, a student at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and a special performance by Abiodun Oyewole, founding member of The Last Poets.

VOICES OF CRISIS: The Crisis Continues
Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
63 Fifth Avenue (at 13th Street)

How have activists from the civil rights era passed the torch to those fighting for justice and equality today? Join Harry Belafonte, actor and longtime activist; Phillip Agnew, director of the Dream Defenders; and Raquel Cepeda, journalist and filmmaker, in conversation with Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library. The evening will be kicked off by a performance led by Joe Harley, an alumnus of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

VOICES OF CRISIS  is an extension of New School alumnus Miles Kohrman’s senior thesis.

All events co-curated by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library; and The New School. Dominque Howse, Event Design and Programming; Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf and Ladi’Sasha Jones, Schomburg Center, Event Co-Curators.

Exhibition: Miles Kohrman, Curator. Abigail Muir, Exhibition Designer. Produced by the New School Archives & Special Collections. Presented by the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center.


Open Source Digital Archiving: Omeka, Collective Access, and Beyond

Event Type: workshop
Start Date: 11 Mar 2014
Hours: 6:30PM-10:00PM
Cost: $20 for the first part; $50 for both
Venue: Eyebeam 540 W 21st Street

[via Eyebeam] Creating and managing digital archives, catalogs, and collections is a growing concern as organizations seek to manage files and records, metadata-gather, and enable complex searches of their cultural production, ephemera, archives and/or born-digital assets.

This one-evening, two-part workshop goes in-depth on two popular and well-supported open-source digital archiving and collections management softwares that address these issues. We’ll look at Omeka, used primarily in academic and digital humanities projects; and CollectiveAccess, used primarily in GLAM [Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums] projects.

The first half of the workshop will orient you to who uses and how these softwares are implemented, what to expect and consider in a cataloging software project; and includes an overview of features, metadata schemas, and problems to look out for.
The second half dives deeper into a hands-on comparison of these two programs, and participants will have an opportunity to build [and break!] from web interfaces and command-line access.


Hadassah Damien is a technologist, catalog software developer, and digital communications specialist at Openflows. As a community organizer who also implements technology to help activists succeed, and a multimedia artist who also builds digital archives, her work intersects functionality with agility, practicality, and the democratic politics of open-source cultures. She has collaborated on digital collection sites for John Jay library, The Interference Archive, and more. She holds an MA in American Studies, and a Certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Openflows Community Technology Lab is a NYC-based worker cooperative committed to bringing collaborative and cutting edge open source software [FLOSS] solutions to non-profit organizations, NGOs, libraries, progressive community organizations, and more. Since 2003 we have specialized in planning, configuration, and customization of FLOSS for large and small organizations worldwide.


Bring your own laptop.

The first half of the workshop is geared to participants of all technical backgrounds.

The second half is geared to those comfortable with some web-building. If you are ok using WordPress, you’ll be ok at this section. Please bring a computer or be comfortable using a station at Eyebeam, as we will be learning by using. If you bring your own machine, ensure you have a command-line tool, an HTML editor [try TextWrangler if you don't have one], and a few images to load into the systems to test it out.


Part 1 – 6:30PM-8:00PM – Theory, digital catalog/archive project overview

Part 2 – 8:30-10:00PM – Hands-on learning, technical interfacing, back-end

Register here.