The topic of web annotation continues to grow in interest and importance.
Here’s how the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) describes the topic:
Web annotations are an attempt to recreate and extend that functionality as a new layer of interactivity and linking on top of the Web. It will allow anyone to annotate anything anywhere, be it a web page, an ebook, a video, an image, an audio stream, or data in raw or visualized form. Web annotations can be linked, shared between services, tracked back to their origins, searched and discovered, and stored wherever the author wishes; the vision is for a decentralized and open annotation infrastructure.
A Few Examples
In recent weeks and months a WC3 Web Annotation working group got underway, Hypothes.is, a company that has been working in this area for several years (and one we’ve mentioned several times on infoDOCKET) formally launched a web annotation extension for Chrome, the Mellon Foundation awarded $750,000 in research funding, and The Journal of Electronic Publishing began offering annotation for each article in the publication.
Today, Hypothes.is posted a 15 minute video (embedded below) where several experts share some of their perspectives (Why the interest in the topic? Biggest Challenges, Future Plans, etc.) on the topic of web annotation.
The video was recorded at the recent W3C TPAC 2014 Conference in Santa Clara, CA.
The Video Features Comments From (in order of appearance):
- Fred Hirsch, Nokia
- Tim Berners-Lee, W3C and Inventor of WWW
- Wendy Setzler, W3C Policy Council
- Doug Scherpers, W3C Developers Relations Lead
- Nick Stenning, Hypothes.is
- Rob Sanderson, Stanford University Library