Curious about Scalar? Sign up for a free webinar!

Following up on their recent Beta release, the Scalar development team is offering free online webinars to help new users and the curious learn the platform more easily. The “Intro” webinars will cover the basics of Scalar: fundamental concepts, a review of existing Scalar books, and a hands-on introduction to the main Scalar features such as paths, importing media and annotations. A series of intermediate workshops (dates TBA) will delve into more advanced topics including how to effectively use visualizations, annotating with media and an intro to creating custom appearances in Scalar.

Dates and times for Intro webinars:

  • Friday, June 14, 10am-12pm PST
  • Thursday, July 11th, 10am-12pm PST
  • Thursday, August 1st, 10am-12pm PST
  • Thursday, August 15th, 10am-12pm PST

Spaces are limited, so sign up now!  To register for the online webinars, email micha cárdenas, mmcarden at usc dot edu.

Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.

Scalar Platform — Trailer from IML @ USC on Vimeo.

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USC Digital Studies Symposium fall line-up

Fall 2010
All presentations will be held in the Fanny Brice Theatre, SCA 110, unless otherwise noted. For more information about location, please click here.

8/31, 7:00 pm James Frost
geometric informatics: capturing visual information

9/7, 7:00 pm Sue Huang
experiential and mobile art

9/14, 7:00 pm Peter Brinson | Kurosh ValaNejad
intersections of history and interactive games

9/21, 7:00 pm Sean Donahue
media design and design research

9/28, 7:00 pm Pia Tikka | Mauri Kaipainen
database cinema, neuroimaging and embodiment

10/12, 7:00 pm Peter Samis
digital engagement : empowering public education

10/19, 7:00 pm Craig Dietrich | Darren Butler | Ricky Smith | Ronan Hallowell | Jake de Grazia
The Network of Ecology: Panel Discussion

11/2, 7:00 pm Dan Goods
visual strategy : communicating science through art

11/9, 7:00 pm Natalie Bookchin
new notions of documentary practice and research

11/16, 7:00 pm Anne Bray
urban screens: creating and transforming mobile environments

11/23, 7:00 pm Rachel Mayeri
intersections of art, science, and society

11/30, 7:00 pm Doreen Nelson
design-based learning: empowering student creation

For more information on the Digital Studies Symposium and the Institute for Multimedia Literacy at USC, click here.

Conference at USC on Critical Code Studies (announcement and call for submissions)

Announcing a 1-Day conference on Critical Code Studies at the University of Southern California

Critical Code Studies @ USC
July 23, 2010
Hosted by The Center for Transformative Scholarship & The Institute for Multimedia Literacy
Keynote: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Brown University

As digital humanitarians continue to turn their attention to the software and hardware that shape culture, the interpretation of source code offers a rich set of symbols and processes for exploration.

Critical Code Studies names the practice of explicating the extra-functional significance of source code. Rather than one specific approach or theories, CCS names a growing set of methodologies that help unpack the symbols that make up software. While still in its initial state, this nascent area of study has been growing rapidly over the course of 2010.

Following the massively successful Critical Code Study Working Group, we will be gathering at USC for a one-day conference to present readings of code. We are currently exploring the innovative publication of conference proceedings through Vectors and others partnerships.

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics, will present a keynote address. During the Working Group, she presented a powerful chapter from her monograph, Programmed Visions: Software, DNA, Race (forthcoming MIT, 2010).

Please submit a 250-word abstract to markcmarino at gmail dot com by June 1, 2010 (Subject: “CCS @ USC 2010”). Presenters will be notified by June 15.

Visit Critical Code Studies Working Group at:

2010 IML Showcase (USC)

On May 6th, 2010, the IML will host its annual Showcase event. Our faculty and students have worked very hard this year on a variety of projects and initiatives; this is our opportunity to share our experiences with our colleagues, friends, and community.

The 2010 Showcase celebrates the efforts of the third cohort of students to complete the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program. These students have completed four years of IML coursework, learning the theory, creation, and integration of academic digital media. To receive their Honors designation, each student has individually created an honors thesis project, a media-rich exploration of their diverse studies at USC. Their work is a testament to their creativity and research abilities, reflecting the academic rigor and innovative thinking needed to imagine scholarly production as it is transformed through media tools and networks.

This year’s showcase also presents projects from other IML courses and cross-campus collaborations. Projects include explorations of social media relevance, animated information visualization, 3-D virtual theatre, computational cinema, user-enhanced musical history, interactive documentaries, and much more.

The opening of the showcase will be May 6th from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Afterwards, the showcase will remain open to the public until Thursday, May 13th.

We hope to see you there!

For abstracts about this year’s senior projects and more information, please view the event announcement on the IML website.