• Annotation: U Store It

    Author(s):
    Angus Grieve-Smith (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    2018 MLA Convention, Computer Studies in Language and Literature, LLC 19th-Century French, LSL Language Change, LSL Linguistics and Literature
    Subject(s):
    French, Digital archives, Digital humanities, Theater
    Item Type:
    Presentation
    Meeting Title:
    The Digital Future of Literary Archives
    Meeting Org.:
    Modern Language Association/Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing
    Meeting Loc.:
    New York
    Meeting Date:
    January 6, 2018
    Tag(s):
    Annotation
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6RN8J
    Abstract:
    Document annotation is almost as old as writing. The designers of the World Wide Web envisioned a system that would allow people to publicly annotate any document. The advent of cloud computing has finally made this feasible: distributed annotation systems like Hypothes.is allow users to save annotations privately, or share them with the public. The annotations can be simple blobs of text, or reusable, filterable tags. This can help people engage much more with archives. But can we trust the annotation server - or the cloud host that it uses - to keep our data? If the service is “free,” what warranty do we have that the annotations will remain available to the public - or the annotators, or the owners of the archive? What if we want more structured annotations, such as key-value pairs? Suppose we want to share our annotations with a group, but not make them public yet – or ever? If the underlying document changes, can the annotation adjust? Can we track changes in annotations the way we track changes in any other document? Fortunately, there is technology that can answer some of these needs. The World Wide Web Consortium’s new annotation standard, API servers like the Django REST framework, encryption, and version control systems like Git can be combined to provide solutions. I will discuss some ways that these could be applied to literary archives.
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    Last Updated:
    2 years ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial
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