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Scalar: Overview

Guide to using Scalar at Penn

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The choice of whether to use Scalar can be complex and depends on your course goals, learning objectives, and other factors.  To learn more about Scalar email us or contact your librarian.

Beyond Scalar!

Not sure if Scalar will work for your project? Consider Omeka, a web publishing platform designed for building digital exhibits. Learn more here.

How Can I Use Scalar?

Author a Digital Research Paper

  • The Scalar digital publishing platform expands on the print book with the ability to embed a variety of media and include detailed interactive annotations inline!

Collaborate on a Course Project

  • Scalar is ideal for collaborating on a collective argument or examination of a topic.
  • Instructors! - Create a "course journal". Each year that you teach a course, students can produce an issue of course journal that examines the topics taught that year.

Supplement a Thesis or Dissertation

  • Use Scalar as an appendix or supplement to a physical published work.
  • Scalar includes reader and commentator roles to easily add your committee to your project!

Embed Interactive Storytelling Elements

Penn Scalar Projects Showcase

Open Archaeology - Scalar Research Journal

Open Archaeology - A Scalar Research Journal

The goal of the Open Archaeology project is to serve as an interface between the public and the professional archaeology community.  We approach this goal by leveraging new digital technologies to make archaeological data and practice accessible to anyone.  We are also continuously experimenting with new innovations in digital technology to improve the quantity and accuracy of the data we collect and share.


We hope that you will join us in this collaboration.  Please consider volunteering to participate in field or digital work.

Against the Current - A Scalar Course Project

Against the Current - A Scalar Course Project

This anthology was created by the members of Tajah Ebram’s Junior Research Seminar, "Radical Black Feminisms: Writing the Carceral State", at the University of Pennsylvania. The experience of this course was largely defined by the autobiographies of Angela Davis and Assata Shakur as well as anthologies like the New York Panther 21’s Look For Me in the Whirlwind (1971) and Revolutionary Mothering: Love On The Front Lines (2016). As a class, we studied these anthologies in depth to understand the power of the anthologizing form. Most importantly, these writers - majority identifying as radicalized black women, gave us blueprints for converting our lived experience and critical interpretations into an inclusive praxis, one that acknowledges the experiences and oppression of different intersecting identities. The works we studied in class were valuable frameworks as we took to producing our own critical and creative research works as actionable modes of reflection, response and extensions of these readings. Our class anthology collects the voices of our peers in the contemporary movement towards social progress in today's climate of mass incarceration, anti-black violence and violence against women and gender nonconforming people.

A Monument to Climate Change - A Scalar Course Project

A Monument to Climate Change - A Scalar Course Project

This project takes Lenape teachings, embodied by the statue of Teedyuscung, and considers how they are related to scientific understandings of the environment.  Although Indigenous and scientific knowledge systems are quite different, the class discovered interesting intersections where the two systems speak eloquently to one another. The course project was created using Scalar.