Re: W3C Open Annotation Community Group's use of Linked Data

Hi Jeanne et. al.

I think this would be very interesting to the eGov IG from a number of perspectives.  Primarily, collaboration between Governments is likely to have either very large or very small interoperability challenges, without much in-between.  Everyone likes low hanging fruit, and the Private Sector swears by it, especially when the Gold Standard proprietary low hanging fruit is in short supply.  Public Sector priorities are not always so convenient.

If I were writing the Annotation Specification it would include a built in redaction mechanism for Personally Identifiable Information and systemic local government positioning.  Nonetheless, this annotation system is much closer to tracking what I call Intellectual Currency - an instance of Intellectual Property.  The idea that Intellectual Property awaits discovery, and that only Big Data can discover it does not work for me.


 From: Robert Sanderson <>
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2012 10:21 AM
Subject: W3C Open Annotation Community Group's use of Linked Data
Dear all,

We would like to invite you to participate in the Open Annotation
Community Group, in particular to discuss the use of RDF and Linked
Data.  We have run into some interesting issues which we would love to
discuss in more detail.

Open Annotation is a RDF / Linked Data specification which describes
an interoperable framework for annotating resources, such as to
provide comments or reviews, bookmark or tag a resource or provide a
link between related resources. Open Annotations have sufficient
richness of expression to satisfy the complex requirements of
scholarly and scientific use cases,  while remaining simple enough to
also allow for the most common use  cases, such as attaching a piece
of text to a single web resource.

The current draft specification is the result of merging two previous
efforts, the Open Annotation Collaboration and the Annotation
Ontology, capitalizing on the cumulative experience gained in building
both experiments and production level applications.  We are looking to
engage with other communities to ensure the broadest possible coverage
of requirements.

The core specification is available at:

And the W3C community group:

We are in the process of arranging a face to face meeting in
September, likely in Chicago.  There may be (limited) travel funding
available to continue the discussions from the list in person.

Many thanks, and we look forwards to engaging with this topic in the
Community Group!

Rob Sanderson, Paolo Ciccarese
Open Annotation Co-Chairs

Received on Friday, 13 July 2012 19:36:36 UTC