Web Platforms and Publishing


"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 is designed to accommodate "small to moderate amounts of structured content" that "need a lightweight platform that encourages improvisation with your data model". Combining standardization with flexible structure, Scalar is a web authoring tool that integrates and balances a variety of media sources.


Omeka "is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions". Designed for non-It specialists, Omeka makes launching an online exhibition as quick and "easy as launching a blog". Omeka's unique software "falls at a crossroads of Web Content Management, Collections Management, and Archival Digital Collections Systems".


ScholarPress is a WordPress plugin that enables you to manage a class using a WordPress page. The ScholarPress features facilitates the addition and editing of a class schedules, the creation of the bibliography, managing assignments, and completing general course tasks. ScholarPress was designed for university courses but is easily customizable to other types of classroom environments. Recently, ScholarPress was awarded a a Digital Humanities Start-Up grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Drupal is a free, open source web publishing package that facilitates the easy organization, management, and publication of content online. Drupal is written in PHP and is used as the back-end framework for website ranging from personal blogs to corporate and governmental webpages. The basic Drupal system- known as Drupal core - includes account registration and maintenance, menu management, RSS feeds, taxonomy, page layout customization, and system administration.


CommentPress is a WordPress plugin or software extension that promotes the social lives of social texts in social contexts. CommentPress was created as a rebellion against the "ill-fitting metaphors from the realm of print" that have been haplessly prescribed to digital texts and failure to acknowledge that "the fact that texts take on different values and assume different properties when placed in the digital environment".


Tumblr is a web publishing platform that allows users to effortlessly "post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be" . Founded in 2007, Tumblr was modelled after tumblelogs or short-form blogs. Users operate a rolling blog page that can be categorized as either open or private. Open Tumblr pages are searchable, followable, and rebloggable (a Tumblr user can repost your content on their own blog page) by the Tumblr community.


WordPress is popular online publishing platform that operates both a rich, subscription site developer - WordPress.org - and an open source, free site developer - WordPress.com. WordPress began as a blogging system but has"evolved to be used as full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins and widgets and themes, WordPress is limited only by your imagination".