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Towards Annotopia—Enabling the Semantic Interoperability of Web-Based Annotations
School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia
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Received: 21 June 2012; in revised form: 7 August 2012 / Accepted: 24 August 2012 / Published: 30 August 2012
Abstract: This paper describes the results of a collaborative effort that has reconciled the Open Annotation Collaboration (OAC) ontology and the Annotation Ontology (AO) to produce a merged data model [the Open Annotation (OA) data model] to describe Web-based annotations—and hence facilitate the discovery, sharing and re-use of such annotations. Using a number of case studies that include digital scholarly editing, 3D museum artifacts and sensor data streams, we evaluate the OA model’s capabilities. We also describe our implementation of an online annotation server that supports the storage, search and retrieval of OA-compliant annotations across multiple applications and disciplines. Finally we discuss outstanding problem issues associated with the OA ontology, and the impact that certain design decisions have had on the efficient storage, indexing, search and retrieval of complex structured annotations.
Keywords: annotation; interoperability; semantic web; ontology
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Hunter, J.; Gerber, A. Towards Annotopia—Enabling the Semantic Interoperability of Web-Based Annotations. Future Internet 2012, 4, 788-806.
Hunter J, Gerber A. Towards Annotopia—Enabling the Semantic Interoperability of Web-Based Annotations. Future Internet. 2012; 4(3):788-806.
Hunter, Jane; Gerber, Anna. 2012. "Towards Annotopia—Enabling the Semantic Interoperability of Web-Based Annotations." Future Internet 4, no. 3: 788-806.