Tool: Scalar

What Is Scalar?

Scalar is a free and open-source authoring and publishing platform that allows users to integrate multiple media types into born-digital scholarly works. Built by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, Scalar allows users to create publications that would be the length of an essay, article, or even a book. Scalar’s flexible content management structure means that it allows users to adapt its features for their own needs.

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OpenCitations Enhances Citation Data with COCI

OpenCitations has been working toward enhancing citations to make citation data more easily discoverable and retrievable. In July, OpenCitations released COCI, the OpenCitations Index of Crossref open DOI-to-DOI references. The initial release of COCI created first-class data entities out of citation information in order to index Crossref and to make this information machine-readable. The July release also included the OpenCitations Corpus (OCC), a repository of downloadable bibliographic and citation data. OpenCitations has been building upon the data model that they created, and released the newest version of COCI this week: they have extended the data model, and the index now contains almost 450 million citation links between DOIs from Crossref reference data.

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Documenting DH: Rob Howard

Written by Heather Wacha

Documenting DH is a project from the Digital Humanities Research Network (DHRN).  It consists of a series of audio interviews with various humanities scholars and students around the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Each interviewee is given a chance to talk about how they view data, work with data, manage data, or teach data to others.  Our final guest, Rob Howard, Professor of Communication, Religious Studies, and Folklore in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin and Director of the Undergraduate Digital Studies Certificate, talks about his digital scholarship and how using big data alongside traditional approaches helps him understand and present his data more fairly.  To hear all the interviews, you can go to the Digital Humanities Research Network website.

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Link Roundup November 2018

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In this series, members of the RDS team share links to research data-related stories, resources, and news that caught their eye each month. Feel free to share your favorite stories with us on Twitter @UWMadRschSvcs!


Cameron Cook

Learn how CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, uses GitLab in this case study.

The annual report from figshare, The State of Open Data, has been released for 2018.

Clare Michaud

Taguette is a free and open-source tool for qualitative research that allows users to annotate and code documents, organize the documents that they’ve uploaded, and export the results of their analyses.

This Twitter thread from the Library Research Data Services Team at Columbia University compares the re-usability and share-ability of the same data when stored as different file types: one as a .csv, one for LibreOffice, one for vim, and one for Excel.