Annotation Resources

Below a list of resources regarding annotations (and their management) of textual and media documents.

OAC (Open Annotation Collaboration) [Generic Annotation Specification]

Link: Open Annotation Collaboration/
Summary: “The overarching goals of this project (consisting of multiple phases) are:
(1) To facilitate the emergence of a Web and Resource-centric interoperable annotation environment that allows leveraging annotations across the boundaries of annotation clients, annotation servers, and content collections. To this end, interoperability specifications will be devised.
(2) To demonstrate through implementations an interoperable annotation environment enabled by the interoperability specifications in settings characterized by a variety of annotation client/server environments, content collections, and scholarly use cases.
(3) To seed widespread adoption by deploying robust, production-quality applications conformant with the interoperable annotation environment in ubiquitous and specialized services, tools, and content used by scholars — e.g.: Zotero, AXE, LORE, Co-Annotea, Pliny; JSTOR, AustLit, MONK.”
Downloadable: OAC Beta Data Model Guide

yuma.min.js (Yuma Minimal Javascript Implementation) [Image Annotations]

Link: yuma.min.js
Summary: “yuma.min.js is based on the YUMA Universal Media Annotator, a proof-of-concept for social semantic annotation. YUMA was developed under the leadership of the Austrian Institute of Technology. yuma.min.js picks out YUMA’s best parts, packs them into a light user interface, and rolls everything into a toolbox that’s flexible, configurable, and easy to re-use. Ultimately, we want you to be able to build your own, customized annotation tool with yuma.min.js with as little effort as possible – from small & simple to rich & complex.”
Downloadable: yuma.min.js 0.2 Release

Commentpress [Wordpress Annotations]

Link: CommentPress
Summary: “Commentpress is an open source theme and plugin for the WordPress blogging engine that allows readers to comment paragraph by paragraph in the margins of a text. Annotate, gloss, workshop, debate: with Commentpress you can do all of these things on a finer-grained level, turning a document into a conversation. It can be applied to a fixed document (paper/essay/book etc.) or to a running blog.”
Downloadable: WordPress Plugin

Highlighter [Webpage Annotations]

Link: Highlighter
Summary: “Highlighter is a web application that creates a dynamic relationship between publishers and readers. With Highlighter, readers can share, save, and comment on words, sentences, paragraphs and even images. All of this data is passed back to the publisher in the form of powerful analytics.”
Downloadable: WordPress Plugin

Diigo [Webpage Annotations]

Link: Diigo
Summary: “Diigo aims to dramatically improve your online productivity. Building upon the strengths of award-winning Diigo V4, widely regarded as one of the best and most popular social bookmarking, web annotation, collaborative research services, Diigo V5.0 has added additional data types (screenshots, pictures, notes, etc) and platform support, such as Chrome, Android, iPad, iPhone, etc. With Version 5.0, Diigo moves one step further towards its vision of providing the best cloud-based personal information management (PIM) service that enables users to collect, highlight, access and share a variety of information, on a variety of devices.”
Downloadable: Android Client (Powernote)

Blogs and Other Resources Related to Annotations

Most notable and rich are Eddie Tejeda’s and Peter Meyer’s blogs.

Other Lists of Annotation Tools & Clients

Containing some old stuff, too … only partially worth a look.

Web Page Clients
Link: Web Page Clients
Summary: “List of Web Annotation Clients”
Image Clients
Link: Image Annotation Clients
Summary: “List of Web Annotation Clients”
Image/Text/Web Clients
Link: Annotation and Notetaking Tools
Summary: “List of Annotation and Notetaking Tools”
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