Re: Work in Progress on a new Annotation Working Group Charter (Advance Notice)


the information I got was that there is very little chance that the Media Annotation WG would still be alive by the time this Annotation WG would start. This means that, as I said, listing it as an external liaison seems unnecessary, unfortunately...



On 05 Feb 2014, at 11:01 , Ivan Herman <> wrote:

> Werner,
> thanks for the comment. And yes, that WG might be very relevant for this new group. However... we have to check whether the group will still be active when the this new group will be starting. The related group's section lists active groups only...
> Thanks
> Ivan
> On 05 Feb 2014, at 09:08 , w3c_ac <> wrote:
>> Dear Ivan and Doug,
>> We expect this work to be a very relevant and useful initiative.
>> In the list of related W3C groups, we suggest to add the Media Annotation WG [1], which has been working on a basic metadata set for media content on the web [2], and a related API [3]. The metadata set has also been formalized as an OWL ontology, and the API proposes a JSON representation of the metadata. Thus we think that there is potential overlap with the work to be addressed by the Annotation WG.
>> Best regards,
>> Werner
>> [1]
>> [2]
>> [3]
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>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Coralie Mercier []
>>> Sent: Dienstag, 04. Februar 2014 12:04
>>> To:
>>> Cc:
>>> Subject: Work in Progress on a new Annotation Working Group Charter (Advance
>>> Notice)
>>> Dear Advisory Committee Representative,
>>> This is an advance notice that the Team has started work on a charter for a
>>> Working Group supporting annotations in Web pages, in digital books and
>>> magazines, and other types of media on the Web.
>>> Annotating, i.e., the act of creating associations between distinct pieces of
>>> information, is a widespread activity online in many guises but currently
>>> lacks a structured approach. Web citizens make comments about online resources
>>> using either tools built into the hosting web site, external web services, or
>>> the functionality of an annotation client.
>>> Readers of ebooks use the tools provided by reading systems to add and share
>>> their thoughts or highlight portions of texts. Comments about photos on
>>> Flickr, videos on YouTube, audio tracks on SoundCloud, people's posts on
>>> Facebook, or mentions of resources on Twitter could all be considered to be
>>> annotations associated with the resource being discussed.
>>> The possibility of annotation is essential for many application areas. For
>>> example, it is standard practice for students to mark up their printed
>>> textbooks when familiarizing themselves with new materials; the ability to do
>>> the same with electronic materials (e.g., books, journal articles, or
>>> infographics) is crucial for the advancement of e-learning. Submissions of
>>> manuscripts for publication by trade publishers or scientific journals undergo
>>> review cycles involving authors and editors or peer reviewers; although the
>>> end result of this publishing process usually involves Web formats (HTML, XML,
>>> etc.), the lack of proper annotation facilities for the Web platform makes
>>> this process unnecessarily complex and time consuming. Communities developing
>>> specifications jointly, and published, eventually, on the Web, need to
>>> annotate the documents they produce to improve the efficiency of their
>>> communication.
>>> There is a large number of closed and proprietary web-based “sticky note”
>>> and annotation systems offering annotation facilities on the Web or as part of
>>> ebook reading systems. The primary complaint about these is that the user-
>>> created annotations cannot be shared, reused in another environment, archived,
>>> and so on, due to a proprietary nature of the environments where they were
>>> created. The goal of this Working Group is to provide an open approach for
>>> annotation, making it possible for browsers, reading systems, JavaScript
>>> libraries, and other tools, to develop an annotation ecosystem where users
>>> have access to their annotations from various environments, can share those
>>> annotations, can archive them, and use them how they wish.
>>> The mission of the Annotation Working Group, which we may propose to add to
>>> the Digital Publishing Activity, is to define a generic data model for
>>> annotations, and define the basic infrastructural elements to make it
>>> deployable in browsers and reading systems.
>>> A draft charter is available (this is not a formal review, just an  early
>>> draft):
>>> The goal of this draft is to provide a framework for a public discussion on
>>> the creation of an annotation working group at w3c. We also anticipate getting
>>> community perspectives on the scope of this proposed charter at a Workshop on
>>> Annotation that W3C plans to organize in April, co-located with the I Annotate
>>> conference in San Francisco. The current plan is to finalize the charter soon
>>> after that event. Once the charter is finalized, it will be reviewed by the
>>> director and W3M and then sent to you for formal approval.
>>> We welcome your comments and questions as well as general expressions of
>>> interest and support on <>, copied to <public-
>>>> (this is a public mailing list). You may also send comments
>>> directly to Ivan Herman <> or Doug Schepers <>.
>>> This announcement follows section 6.2.2 of the Process Document:
>>> For Tim Berners-Lee, Director,
>>> Ralph Swick, Information and Knowledge Domain Lead, Ivan Herman, Digital
>>> Publishing Activity Lead; Coralie Mercier, W3C Communications
>>> --
>>> Coralie Mercier  -  W3C Communications Team  -
>>> +336 4322 0001
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