About Scalar

Scalar is an authoring and publishing platform, supported by USC Libraries, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, and the School of Cinematic Arts, and used by faculty and students in college and university courses worldwide to create born-digital, media-rich research projects and exhibitions.

As an authoring and publishing platform, Scalar gives authors the tools to assemble media from multiple sources, to juxtapose that media with their own writing in creative ways, and to craft works that take advantage of the unique capabilities of digital writing, including nested, recursive, and non-linear formats. The platform also supports collaborative authoring and reader commentary. Scalar is free to use and open source.

Ahmanson Lab staff support the design and development of Scalar projects across USC. See past Scalar projects on which the Lab has collaborated.

The Lab offers programmatic support for faculty who wish to use Scalar in their courses. Faculty can apply here.

The Lab also offers an annual Summer Scalar Institute designed for librarians (and others) who wish to support the use of Scalar on thier own campuses.