Open Annotation U.S. West Coast Rollout Project Showcase

  • AustESE - Scholary Editions

    The AustESE project aims to develop an online workbench that integrates a set of interoperable services to support the production of electronic scholarly editions. The AustESE workbench includes a collaborative annotation and tagging service that enables scholars to create and reply to scholarly commentary attached to texts, textual variants and images; captures the annotations as stand-off markup that is discoverable, shareable, and re-usable (using the Open Annoation data model); provides search, browse and visualisation interfaces for annotations; and enables both manual and automated migration of annotations between transcriptions and facsimiles.

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  • Digital Manuscript Interoperability and Shared Canvas

    The Shared Canvas data model can be used to describe the interrelationships of images, texts and other resources using Open Annotations to facilitate the interoperability of repositories of medieval manuscripts or other culturally important handwritten documents. The model is designed from a set of requirements derived from the real world use cases of some of the largest digitized medieval content holders, and instantiations of the model are intended as the input to collection-independent page turning and scholarly research environments.

    Find out more about Shared Cavas through their papers & presentations.

  • Filtered Push

    After three decades of standards development and computerization of natural history collections many millions of vouchered specimen records are available in global electronic networks. Vast numbers of specimen records remain only accessible on paper. Available records are highly variable in quality and rich in three decades worth of data capture and migration errors. Far more seriously, specimen data is being brought to the desktops of the researchers and specialists best able to correct and clean those data, without an easy means for the return of those researchers' corrections to those specimen collections. It is this very annotation by specialists that keeps natural history collections vital.

    We are designing and implementing a network, which we term Filtered Push, to connect remote sites where annotations can be generated with the authoritative databases of the collections holding the vouchers to which those annotations apply. The name reflects function; Push, as annotations can be pushed from remote corners of the network back to authoritative data sets, Filtered, as the curators of these data sets can filter and reject annotations of their data.

  • is building a distributed, open source platform for the collaborative evaluation of information. It will enable embedded critique of text and other media combined with a sophisticated yet easy-to-use model of community peer-review. It will work as an overlay on top of any stable content, including news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation and regulations, software code and more without requiring participation of the underlying site. It is based on a new draft standard for annotating digital documents currently being developed by the Open Annotation Collaboration, a W3C initiative. is also hosting the conference directly following the Open Annotation rollout. There are still openings for the conference's hackathon event on Friday 12-April. The hackathon is being held at Fort Mason in San Francisco - Sign-up now to help build prototypes of "collusions" between various annotation efforts and demonstrate desired functionality.

  • Open Annotation Compliant Plugin for Fedora

    Brown University Library's Center for Digital Scholarship collaborates with scholars in many disciplines on projects involving annotation, categorization, and descriptions. Over the years, the variety of technical approaches to annotation in scholarly projects became burdensome, and CDS staff began to look for a new approach that would offer both flexibility and standardization in the creation and deployment of annotation tools. Because annotation is a kind of authorship, there is a keen interest in saving and reusing annotations as first-class works of scholarship. To that end, CDS has built a Fedora plugin for creating, querying, and managing Open Annotations stored as objects in Fedora repositories.

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  • Old Maps and Open Data Networks

    Old maps are a record of the past, exposing features people might want to tell stories about. Maphub is a Web application that enables them to do so by creating annotations on digitized high-resolution historical maps. By semantically tagging regions on the map, users create associations between their annotations and resources in open Web-based data networks. These associations are leveraged to enable multilingual search and to generate overlays of historical maps on modern mapping applications. Contributed annotations are shared on the Web following the W3C Open Annotation specification. Preliminary studies show general user satisfaction with our approach.

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