Exploring and Placing Resources
Manifold expands scholarly works in many ways. Importantly, Manifold makes available and portable a collection of relevant resources that support an author’s textual materials. Research and data collected by the author (in a host of different file formats) can be served alongside the text to augment and enhance the richness of an author’s argument.
In this section we will discuss
When supplemental resources have been added to a project, they can be accessed and engaged with from the following areas within a project:
- Project Homepage
- Project Resource Library
- Resource Previewer
- Resource Page
- Resource Viewers and Players
Each are described in detail in the following sections.
In the Resource blade of the project homepage, readers can see a preview of the library of resources that have been loaded to a project.
When a reader clicks on an individual resource, they will be taken to the resource page, where all the contextual and metadata information is provided alongside the resource.
Project Resource Library
The full library of a project’s resources can be accessed from the Resource blade on the homepage by clicking on
View All Project Resources, or from a resource’s detail page using the
Back to Project Resources link at the bottom.
Depending on the resource type, the library allows you to preview, view directly, or download individual resources. Users can also search through the library by title or sort through them by type or tag.
The resource previewer is a modal that overlays the screen with a preview of a resource along with associated descriptive information. The previewer is opened when a reader clicks on a resource that has been placed onto a text, indicated by a cube marker in the text and a thumbnail in the margins, or when the
View button is clicked in the Project Resources Library. If the resource in question is a media file that can be run or interacted with in the browser, an appropriate player will be provided to engage with the content. See the Resource Players section for more.
A Resource Page is where a resource is displayed in full: descriptive and accessibility information are provided alongside associated metadata; if possible, the content is rendered or made available in a player; and options to download and share the resource are provided if the publisher has the necessary permission to do so. Resources, like text, are also available for discussion on the platform. Here on the Resource Page, a reader can comment and discuss the resource publicly (comments to Resources cannot be made private).
Resource Pages can be accessed by clicking
View Resource from a listing in the Activity blade on a project’s homepage (and the associated All Activity Page accessible from the same blade), by clicking on a resource in the Resource blade, by clicking on a resource tile from the Resource Library, or by clicking
Visit Resource Page from the previewer modal.
Resource Viewers and Players
Some resources can be played or engaged with directly in the Manifold interface. Players appear in both the previewer modal and on the resource page for the following resource types.
The image viewer displays a static image and allows a reader to zoom in for greater detail.
The video player allows readers to play, pause, scrub forward and backward through a file—by dragging the progress bar forward and backward—as well as adjust volume settings and explode the view to full screen.
The audio player allows readers to play, pause, scrub forward and backward through a file—by dragging the progress bar forward and backward—as well as adjust volume settings. Readers can also click on the equalizer to skip forward and backward to a specific time in a track.
The interactive viewer is an iFrame that serves as a portal from Manifold to the host of the content in question. Whatever functionality is present on the host site will be possible in the viewer.
Placing Resources in Texts
If you’re logged in with an account that has backend access and permissions to adjust the project in question, when you highlight a passage of text in the reader, the second option available in the menu that appears is Resource. This function allows you to associate any resource (or resource collection) that have already been loaded into the project’s resource library with specific passages of text. This does not embed the resource into the text so much as lay them upon it.
When you click
Resource, a drawer will open from the right allowing you to select from any resource file that’s already been uploaded to that project. When you select your resource (or collection) a gray cube will be placed at the end of your cursor selection and a thumbnail of the resource will appear in the left margin. When you hover over either they will turn a shade of green, and when clicked a modal will overlay the text previewing the resource or allowing you to interact with it, if it’s of a kind playable in the browser.