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Jun 14, 2012 — Critical Sections wins Jury’s Choice Award at ELO 2012 Media Art Show

May 03, 2012 — The Knotted Line is the first project to use Scalar to drive a custom interface

Mar 02, 2012 — Scalar-based complement to Matthew Delmont’s The Nicest Kids in Town launches

Oct 03, 2011 — Compatible Data Initiative Highlights Workflows between Archives, Linked Data, and Authors

Sep 21, 2011 — Vectors’ team developing Scalar

Feb 03, 2011 — Vectors publishes Critical Code Studies 2010 Conference Proceedings

Jan 15, 2011 — Call for Proposals: NEH Summer 2011 Vectors-CTS Summer Institute on Digital Approaches to American Studies

Aug 01, 2010 — ThoughtMesh: “A Tool for a Healthy Commons”

May 20, 2010 — Launch: Precision Targets

Apr 16, 2010 — Job Announcement: Mukurtu Project Developer II

Feb 15, 2010 — “Forging the Future” Mesh launches, includes book

Feb 13, 2010 — CFP - Broadening the Digital Humanites: The Vectors-IML/UC-HRI Summer Institute

Feb 09, 2010 — Erik Loyer and Craig Dietrich present at USC

Feb 08, 2010 — Revised academic criteria = most downloaded Leonardo article

Sep 21, 2009 — Summer 2009 Institute fellows featured in gallery installation on collaboration

May 19, 2009 — Dynamic Backend Generator (DBG): A Scholarly Middleware Tool

Apr 17, 2009 — Leonardo publishes UMaine's "New Criteria for New Media"

Apr 17, 2009 — ThoughtMesh announces affiliation with Carnegie-Mellon

Feb 10, 2009 — ThoughtMesh launches "peer review" feature

Feb 08, 2009 — CFP Announced for Vectors-IML Summer 2009 NEH Institute

Sep 30, 2008 — ThoughtMesh featured at Harvard's Berkman Center

Jun 17, 2008 — Poets and Pundits Pounce on ThoughtMesh

May 30, 2008 — ThoughtMesh featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Apr 07, 2008 — Blue Velvet to be exhibited at Electronic Literature Organization conference

Jan 30, 2008 — Public Secrets selected for transmediale ‘08

Jan 30, 2008 — Vectors’ Fellow Kim Christen featured on BBC’s Digital Planet

Apr 10, 2007 — Public Secrets Wins Webby Honoree Award

Feb 15, 2007 — Vectors to be featured in The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival

Aug 02, 2006 — Cast-offs from the Golden Age to be featured on Electrofringe

Jun 26, 2006 — VectorSpace gains new multi-issue functionality.

May 08, 2006 — Vectors Fellow wins ACLS Fellowship

Feb 15, 2006 — Vectors selected as Cool Pick

Aug 26, 2005 — Vectors featured at Teaching with Technology

Jun 01, 2005 — Kate Hayles’ Narrating Bits at

May 17, 2005 — What would you do with a mobile Internet?

Feb 26, 2005 — Vectors launches at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles!

Feb 21, 2005 — Vectors featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education

The newly-launched Vectors’ project, The Roaring ‘Twenties, by Emily Thompson and Scott Mahoy began receiving extensive press before it even officially went live.  The StudioX Blog and the Paleofuture section of Gizmodo both included write-ups of the piece, followed by a feature on the City Room blog of The New York Times.  Emily Rueb observes in the Times that “voyeurs and the curious can search the vast network of content by date, keyword or by location on a zoomable Google map overlaid with a black and white map from 1933,” while Matt Novak of Paleofuture comments, “[The project]helps transport those of us here in the 21st century to a version of New York City that was experiencing incredible change. Alcohol was illegal, women had just gotten the vote, and cars were flooding the streets. And in a way, you can hear it all bubbling up through the sounds of pneumatic drills, deliverymen, and sirens blaring throughout the city.”  Meanwhile, Bowery Boogie warns “that it’s a time suck.”

— Vectors Journal, October 25th, 2013, 0 Comments »

We are pleased to announce the launch of Freedom’s Ring, a Scalar-based, interactive experience of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Produced by the King Institute at Stanford for the 50th anniversary of King’s Speech, Freedom’s Ring allows viewers to compare the written and spoken speech, explore multimedia images, listen to movement activists, and uncover historical context.

Freedom’s Ring is a custom-designed website which pulls its content from Scalar via the open API, enabling the interface to be tailored to the content at hand. The project contains an interactive transcript that highlights differences between the way King’s speech was delivered and how it was originally written. To capture these differences, Scalar was used to annotate every phrase of the speech, following King’s own cadences. Each annotation contains both the spoken and written versions of the phrase (if they differ), plus markup that distinguishes the two for display. Key words in the transcript are linked to questions illuminating the context of the speech, and each question is a Scalar path containing short explications of related topics, with extensive use of video and images to shed additional light on the subject matter.

— Vectors Journal, August 27th, 2013, 0 Comments »

We are pleased to announce that Scalar, an affiliated project from the Vectors’ team, has received an Editors’ Choice award from!  The in-depth review praises the platform for its flexibility, connectivity and originality.  The author, William Fenton, notes, “Before it even became available, Scalar had the Digital Humanities community abuzz. A product of USC’s Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, Scalar (Free) was heralded as a groundbreaking publishing platform that would empower users to chart non-linear paths though a pastiche of Web-born content and media—all without onerous technical expertise. After using the open beta for nearly a month, I am happy to report that Scalar achieves, and perhaps surpasses, the scuttlebutt.”  The review concludes “compare Scalar to its kin, and you will soon see that it does not have any: Scalar stands apart in its novelty, accessibility, and capability, and for these reasons—and many more—it receives PCMag’s Editors’ Choice award.” Hearty congratulations to the development team and all the Scalar early adopters!

— Vectors Journal, June 6th, 2013, 0 Comments »

We are thrilled to announce a new open-access, born-digital publication authored in Scalar, D|N|A: Seven Interactive Essays on Nonlinear Storytelling.  Edited by Matt Soar and Monika Gagnon, Database|Narrative|Archive brings together seven ‘essays’ by nine thinkers and artists within the Scalar platform to explore the emergent medium of nonlinear digital storytelling.  In their introduction, the editors observe that “analyses and hyperlinks to dozens of mediaworks make this Scalar-produced media-rich collection unique, aggregating some of the most recent crowdsourced and interactive mediaworks that are here made available to readers to explore, such as Katerina Cizek’s Highrise Project (ongoing), David Dufresne and Philippe Brault’s Prison Valley (2011), with references to older experimental films such as Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929) and Perry Bard’s participatory remake, Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake (ongoing), as well as references to the work of Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, and Michael Figgis’s Timecode (2000).”  We encourage you to engage the work, comment upon it, and share it with your networks.  Vectors‘ author Sharon Daniel has a piece in the collection.

— Vectors Journal, April 30th, 2013, 0 Comments »