Presenter: Dan Whaley (Hypothes.is, USA)
This August the W3C chartered the Web Annotation Working Group, based around an RDF data model called Open Annotation, which is rapidly being integrated into new open source tools and software libraries and adopted by a diverse cross-section of scholars, scientists, educators and others. The potential is to create a new layer over the web as we know it, enabling a rich set of interactive capabilities that until now have not been possible. This talk will provide an overview of the history behind annotation as an essential idea of the web, demonstrate some of the ways its being used and suggest plans for further development.
What the #%*&!
is the Semantic
“The Semantic Web is a collaborative
movement led by international standards
body the World Wide Web Consortium
By encouraging the inclusion of semantic
content in web pages, the Semantic Web
aims at converting the current web,
dominated by unstructured and semi-
structured documents into a ‘web of data’.”
How can we give
every user a voice on
(and maintain high signal vs noise!)
What are the basic
building blocks we
Trailblazing - What a Memex machine might look like
Transclusion - Project Xanadu, Imagined 1960, Shipped June 2014
Tim Berners-Lee http://www.w3.org/History/1989/proposal.htm
also be able
links, as well
as nodes, ...
(Est. August 19, 2014)
Why will this succeed... now?
(or, why won’t we just fail miserably?)
Annotation is all around us.
... “Although the screen-view PDF cannot be
printed, it can be annotated — which the
publisher says will provide a way for
scientists to collaborate by sharing their
comments on manuscripts.”
Organizations building standards-
@dwhly + @tilgovi
A non-profit project to
moderated annotation of
the world’s knowledge.
Digital annotations are addressable
It’s like the web.
• Open source
• (Hopefully) backwards
• Image & video annotation
• Moderation, voting, flexible
• Automated spam detection
• Copy-editing features (resolve)
• Semantic tagging & external
• Offline functionality
What are the powerful,
• User-driven linking
• Robust, precise anchors
• Media-rich bodies
• Semantic tags
• Machine-generated annotations
• Support for a wide range of
document and media formats
• Interoperable data format with
a set of quality open-source libs