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Working with Scalar for Digital Projects

This is a short introductory guide to using the Scalar publishing platform.

How to Upload Media

If you are on the Dashboard screen, click Return to Book. Then, using the toolbar on the upper right hand corner, hover over the Import icon [it is a down arrow] to Files and URLs and select the desired upload method.

When linking out to media files, always be aware of link rot which is the fact that some items may become permanently unavailable. Some websites are more prone to link rot than others.

The Importer asks for three fields:

  • The title of the item – each title must be unique
  • The description – optional. This is not so much a caption, as it is alternative text (alt-text), the description which makes visual content accessible to those with visual impairments
  • The media file URL – the actual link to the media content itself

Below the importer, the user can make several adjustments to the media object. Before saving and exiting out of the upload, select the Metadata tab to add key information about the content being uploaded.

Scalar uses Dublin Core Metadata, which is a formal schema with terms that can be viewed online. Adding just a few pieces of metadata will help keep track of the content you use in the archive. The ones to look out for are source, creator, identifier, rights, and type.

Importing files from your local computer is slightly different. On the public server, they cannot exceed 2M. Click Add additional Metadata to add Dublin core metadata to media items.