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Annotation – Practices and Tools in a Digital Environment


Annotation tools can be of tremendous value to students and to scholars. Such support for collaboration can add tremendous value to the information that’s being accessed by those user populations. What is the current state of the art?  This event will bring together input from content and platform providers as well as those who are actively seeking to use those tools, whether in the library or the classroom.

Confirmed Speakers

Kent Anderson, CEO, Redlink; Heather Staines, Director of Partnerships, Hypothesis; Robert Sanderson, Information Architect, J. Paul Getty Trust 

Event Sessions

Annotation in the Spectrum of Engagement


Annotation is a maturing technology with many manifestations. Often a standalone function, others have taken a more ambitious approach by baking annotations into more comprehensive engagement platforms and experiences. This presentation will provide an overview of annotation use-cases in popular media, the ways annotation can be knitted into specific commenting, highlighting, note-taking, and collaboration environments, the roles and use-cases thought to generate engagement, and specific scholarly use-cases and how annotation fits into these. The presentation will also review the results of initial pilots of one of these broader engagement platforms across 60 journals, showing how an integrated approach improves many of the key variables editors, authors, and publishers care about. 

Open Annotation: Creating the workflow ecosystem of the future


Heather Staines

Director of Community Engagement & Senior Consultant
Delta Think

Now that the W3C has approved annotation as a web standard, the foundation is in place for a new annotation ecosystem. You can annotate any document (html, PDF, EPUB) across the web; make private, public, or private collaboration group annotations that will appear on content hosted across multiple platforms, including PubMed Central and aggregator sites. Annotation technology is useful across the entire research life cycle: manuscript creation, submission, peer review, post-publication updated and discussion, education, entity linking, and collaboration. Create unique persistent web addresses for any entity. Search and explore public annotations made by others. Publishers and platforms can embed open source annotation for free to increase visibility of annotations on their content. We’ll share what we’ve learned from our experience with more than 100,000 annotators working across more than 200,000 documents.

Overview of the W3C Web Annotation Standard


Annotating, the act of creating associations between distinct pieces of information, is a pervasive activity online in many guises. Web citizens make comments about online resources using either tools built in to the hosting website, external web services, or the functionality of an annotation client. Comments about shared photos or videos, reviews of products, or even social network mentions of web resources could all be considered as annotations. In addition, there are a plethora of "sticky note" systems and stand-alone multimedia annotation systems. The Web Annotation Data Model provides an extensible, interoperable framework for expressing annotations such that they can easily be shared between platforms, with sufficient richness of expression to satisfy complex requirements while remaining simple enough to also allow for the most common use cases, such as attaching a piece of text to a single web resource.  This presentation will cover an overview of the standard, including its history and adoption, plus a high level walk through of the model itself.


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