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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:

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Visualization of Media and their relationship:

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Media cannot be directly imported from TNS Digital Archives since it is not an affiliated archives and also because it will look like this:
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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

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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.

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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.

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