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Press regarding 3rdvoice's architecture

From: Jon Garfunkel <jgarfunk@bbn.com>
Date: Wed, 09 Jun 1999 13:23:43 -0400
Message-Id: <3.0.3.32.19990609132343.00a8a2e4@manitoba.bbn.com>
To: <www-annotation@w3.org>
Got some private email from someone who was inspired by the recent flurry
of commentary to get back on the w3-annotations list-- great! I've also
recently invited some groups to this list: www.zephyrdocs.com (an officer
of which sent some job postings to a list I'm on), www.webdialog.com (the
PI's of which had a poster at www8).

Just wanted to pass along something hot off the press: Steven Johnson,
Editor-In-Chief of FEED, has written his latest column about the evolution
of Net-based communities, including the new "communities" as designated by
ThirdVoice. Johnson is excited by the prospect (he's not the only reporter
who hasn't familiarized himself with the archives/papers related to
www-annnotations), but is highly skeptical of ThirdVoice's monolithic
approach of having the 3V root server handle all annotations (an opinion I
share).

Feed's "The Loop" discussion board is among the better web/discussion
interfaces among popular webzines (compare. Slate, Slashdot, etc.
www-collaberation, anyone?) I anticipate a good discussion about the
cultural aspects of annotations usage.

I'm not sure if that type of discussion will occupy our time here. I think
we're still in the (albeit slow) process of considering where w3 should be
wrt/ annotations.

I suppose I'm a standards fundamentalist: I'm repulsed by seeing
ill-conceived technologies (like 3V) presume to be the best solution.

I am working on web pages to describe my possible role in w3-annotations
activities, as well as one defining some terms and summarizing the
differences between various annotations software. I may even put these into
XML.

See the FEED article at:

http://www.feedmag.com/column/interface/ci223_master.html?alert


Jon

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