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

On 06 Feb 2014, at 10:32 , Bailer, Werner <> wrote:

> Hi Ivan,
> I'm not sure when Annotation WG is planned to start, but it is true that Media Annotation WG might be closed within the next months (after the API has become REC). 
> So I agree that it could not be listed a liaison. Nonetheless, the results should be considered in the work of Annotation WG.

Sure, but that is something that the Working Group will have to decide when the time comes; I do not believe it should be part of the charter... That is still a few month away:-)




> Best regards,
> Werner
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Ivan Herman []
>> Sent: Donnerstag, 06. Februar 2014 10:14
>> To: w3c_ac
>> Cc:; W3C Public Annotation List; Florian Stegmaier
>> Subject: Re: Work in Progress on a new Annotation Working Group Charter
>> (Advance Notice)
>> Werner,
>> 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...
>> Sincerely
>> Ivan
>> 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:
>>>>> nt
>>>>> 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
>>> ----
>>> Ivan Herman, W3C
>>> Digital Publishing Activity Lead
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>> Ivan Herman, W3C
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