Network Ecologies

Project Overview: 

The Network Ecologies digital Scalar publication is the culmination of a five-year, multi-format, interdisciplinary venture to curate a dynamic scholarly digital publication that combines the viability and esteem of a traditional scholarly print publication with the affordances of the digitally-networked medium.


We set out to create a 'networked publication' and we believe we've done just that. We have content ranging from text-based essays to a visual art 3D scanning documentary project that was created specifically for our publication. You'll find transmedia essays on art, technics, data visualization, book-making, theory, mentorship, architecture, network engineering, gaming, and capitalism. You'll find tweets, videos, text, and tools. You’ll even find a garden gnome or two lurking throughout.
Grounded by way of ‘Coordinates,’ the publication is organized into four sections: Positions, Tools, Provocations, and Exhibitions. Though distinctly named, the sections deliberately merge (or network) into and out of each other. Positions loosely take the form of the 'traditional' essay but each also includes dynamic elements and interlinking annotations that allows readers to slip into other sections of the publication. Provocations began as blog posts during the first stage of the Network Ecologies project and are here represented in their various forms as notes, translations, arguments, and interviews. Our Tools section now only features one, but we hope in the future will feature many innovative textual networking and digital/digital humanities tools. In Exhibitions you’ll find the Network Ecologies: Arts in the Edge exhibit as well as a video gallery of the Network Ecologies Symposium.
We’ve activated as a referential overlay that opens the published content to public comment and collaboration, and we encourage users to extend the network we’ve started here by joining the conversation in the margins. With, you can comment at the line, paragraph, and individual word levels and anyone with a account (which is painless to establish) can contribute. Please see Scalar's helpful introduction and how-to for its feature for more on how to use this powerful add-on. The book is also already annotated by the authors themselves as several chose to submit reflections, critiques, and intertextual comments that we've included as interlinking annotations. You'll find too, as I hint above, points of linkage that I've designed into the pages that allow readers to slip, either deliberately or accidentally, into companion articles and media content throughout the book. If you are new to Scalar, you may find the navigation buttons top left useful: the far left (the ≡ button) displays a navigable Table of Contents and the compass icon gives you several options for (re)viewing the content as data visualizations.
The goal of this project was for each of us to bring our own research—developed and delivered in our own unique disciplinary vernaculars—together to converge around a shared concept. The assumption is that through transdisiplinary co-mingling and collaboration, both our individual research projects and the Network Ecologies publication, as a living research hub, can gain new dimension. We hope that by putting diverse minds in dialogue with each other, we can facilitate a more robust understanding of the network by way of merging and (re)mixing multidisciplinary understandings.
Network Ecologies
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