Multimodal Literacy Poster Session

Scholarly Communication Librarian Darren Chase presented the poster Eyes Without a Face: Research, Annotation and Sharing in a Multimodal Literacy Frame at the FORCE11 FORCE 2016 Conference.  FORCE11 is a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that work to facilitate the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing.

Effective digital research and scholarship requires tools for annotating, sharing and referencing myriad objects and content on the web and within digital collections.   The poster offers definitions of multimodal literacy, and the scholarly primitives, and spotlights selected resources that support digital scholarship.

Multimodal literacy explores the design of discourse deployed across various modalities (visual, aural, somatic) as well as their interaction and integration in constructing coherence.

The scholarly primitives are basic functions common to scholarly activity across disciplines, over time, and independent of theoretical orientation: discovering, annotating, comparing, referring, sampling, illustrating, and representing.

Spotlight Resources leverages annotation to enable sentence-level critique or note-taking on top of digital content.

Soundcloud is a social sound platform where members discover, create, share and annotate sounds.

Vialogues provides a space for users to hold meaningful and dynamic time-stamped discussions about videos.


Blanke, T. & Hedges, M. (2013). Scholarly primitives: Building institutional infrastructure for humanities e-Science, Future Generation Computer Systems, 29(2).

O’Halloran, K. L. & Lim, F. V. (2011). Dimensioner af Multimodal Literacy. Viden om Læsning. Number 10, September 2011, pp. 14-21. Nationalt Videncenter for Laesning: Denmark.


Darren Chase

Head of Scholarly Communication at Stony Brook University Libraries
Darren is the SBU Libraries head of Scholarly Communication, and library liaison to: the Sustainability Studies Programs; the Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning; and the Department of Theatre Arts.
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