Re: Use Cases

Hi Rob,

I hope I am not late with my suggestions to the use cases list, which
is just an reinterpretation of our approach to use semantic linkage
technique within research
information systems in OA terms.

An annotating activity as a "creating association between distinct
pieces of information" has some important specifics when it is used by
scientists for making research. Some new use cases can be suggested to
the list at

2.1. A scientist wishes to annotate a scientific relationship that on
his/her opinion (as a fact or hypothesis) exists between a pair of
research artifacts. The artifact here is some part (fragment, segment,
etc.) or a whole research publication.

2.2. A scientist wishes to annotate that some research artifacts were
used by him to produce a new scientific knowledge published in some
materials. And to specify within the annotation which motivations he
had to use each artifact, how it was used, how it impacted on his/her

Note: This case is a demand on the advanced citation technique which
should replace a traditional one for using within digital research

2.3. A scientist wishes to annotate his tries and fails to use some
research artifacts in his/her research which outputs were published in
some materials.

Note: It is also a part of advanced citation technique.

2.4. A scientist wishes to receive immediate notifications: (1) when
other scientists annotated his/her research outputs (e.g. because they
used it in they research), including data about a character of the
using; (2) when other scientists changed materials which were
annotated by the scientist (since there is a need to check and may be
revise made annotations).

2.5. A scientist wishes to have an ability to react on cases of
annotating (using) his/her research outputs, e.g. to help/assist with
proper using of the outputs, or to protest against wrong using, etc.

2.6. A scientist wishes to have a statistical "portrait" (on some
date) of how a research artifact, a publication, a set of
artifacts/publications of one author/group/organization was annotated
(used) by the scientific community. Or how a
scientist/group/organization annotated (used) research outputs of
other scientists in their work.

3. Requirements/suggestions

Additionally to the list at

3.1. Annotation Model

3.1.1. Identity of a pair of related publications/artifacts: Source
Resource and Target Resource.

3.1.2. Identity of an annotation as a pair of outgoing and ingoing
linkages between the Source Resource and Target Resource.

3.2. Services

3.2.1. Central repository of annotations and API to get already
existed annotations for the specified resource (both outgoing and
ingoing types).

3.2.2. Managing of taxonomy of the scientific relationship classes and
related semantic vocabularies. Central repository of semantic
vocabularies submitted to be used for annotating of research

3.2.3. Notifications of authors of: (1) annotations, and (2) resources
linked by the annotations.

3.2.4. Collecting statistics about annotations, its semantic and
linked resources. Processing of statistics about ingoing/outgoing
annotations and its scientific relationship taxonomy to build/update
the "usage portraits" for each research artifact, publication, author
and organization.

Is it relevant for OA ?

Best wishes,

2014-02-25 2:52 GMT+04:00 Robert Sanderson <>:
> Dear all,
> The W3C Digital Publishing Interest Group is going to publish a working
> draft of a Note on Annotation use cases in the near future.  I have put a
> pre-working draft (whatever that means :) ) of the text up at:
> Any comments, corrections, additions, etc are very welcome!
> Thanks,
> Rob
> P.S. Bob, unfortunately data annotation directly isn't in scope of the IG
> work, but I've included it under the embedded resource use case to try and
> promote the discussion.

Received on Monday, 10 March 2014 10:23:47 UTC