[annotator-dev] Google Summer of Code
adam.hyde at sourcefabric.org
Wed Mar 7 08:16:21 UTC 2012
Big +1 on how to manage annotations with changing text.
On 6 Mar 2012 22:42, "Nick Stenning" <nick at whiteink.com> wrote:
I'm potentially acting as a mentor for OKF's GSoC application, and
would appreciate any feedback on the project outlines I've come up
with for Annotator, as well as suggestions for different ones. There's
not really any harm in having too many ideas, as potential applicants
can just pick and choose the one they like the look of.
Projects should be achievable in 12 or so weeks. Please find my two
# Solving the problem of changing content for web annotation systems
The hardest problem for online annotation is that annotating content
you don't control inevitably leads to broken references when that
content changes. Numerous solutions have been proposed, from the
heuristic (find the nearest phrase which looks like the original
annotated text) to the bulletproof but heavyweight (save a full copy
of the page along with each annotation).
The student would review the available options (e.g. Memento
[http://www.mementoweb.org/], Wayback machine, natural language) and
extend the Annotator to provide support for viewing annotations on
previous versions of a document.
+ Familiarity with HTTP, ReST, and RPC patterns on the web.
+ Experience with CoffeeScript, Python.
+ Use of/experience with semantic annotation technologies (Project
Xanadu, Open Annotation).
- Difficulty level: High
# Unification of Annotator and the Open Annotation Collaboration
The first versions of Annotator were built before the OAC spec was
formalised, but it seems we've converged on a data model that has some
reassuring similarities to the OAC's output.
The student would focus on understanding the relevance of the OAC's
work to the future of Annotator, and on making Annotator the world's
first reference implementation of the OAC specification. This would
include work on AnnotateIt, an annotation-as-a-service platform, to
make annotations themselves annotatable, as per the OAC spec.
+ Experience with CoffeeScript, Python
- Difficulty level: Low-Medium
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