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Re: Web annotations for physical texts

From: Benjamin Young <byoung@bigbluehat.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 21:16:17 +0000
To: Graham Klyne <gklyne@googlemail.com>, "sgharms@stevengharms.com" <sgharms@stevengharms.com>
CC: "public-openannotation@w3.org" <public-openannotation@w3.org>
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Glad to hear this is being explored! And thank you both for adding your thoughts here. Steven, special thanks to you for kicking this off (and great post, btw!). :)

One option for books is to use URN's for the targets:

Of the ones registered there you'll find `isbn` and `issn` among several others.

The next steps (for physical things) is how you refine that target--into what Web Annotation Data Model calls a SpecificResource:

Essentially, those are a target.source (the URN above), and some sort of "selector" (or locator). That's where the invention and exploration probably need the most work. :) Usually, for print, that's some combination of page number, line number, and/or exact quote (or text range, etc).

I'd be very curious to see this explored more, and hope that I and others here can help in that in some way. :)

Thanks for sharing your hopes here!




From: Graham Klyne <gklyne@googlemail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 5:04 PM
To: sgharms@stevengharms.com
Cc: public-openannotation@w3.org
Subject: Re: Web annotations for physical texts

I'm currently doing some linked data work using Web Annotations applied to physical places, and I'm not seeing any real problems with this (just a need to be clear what a URI is referring to).  I'm actually finding them to be quite a powerful tool for capturing contextualised descriptions in linked data (with a modest additions).


On Wed, 10 Oct 2018, 21:46 Steven Harms, <sgharms@stevengharms.com<mailto:sgharms@stevengharms.com>> wrote:

I am interested in creating annotations on physical books [1<https://stevengharms.com/research/semweb-topic/problem_statement/>].

As the name "web annotations" suggests, the default target of the Web Annotation Working Group would be, of course, to annotation IRI-referable targets with IRI-identifiable Annotations.

1. Is there a model whereby we could point to a physical resource in a URI / IRI format (and thus join the existing Web Annotation universe, *or*
2. Is there a framework that might support referring to physical books that I've simply not found
3. Or should I plan to use JSON-LD to create "forge my own path?"

I hope to post an example of what #3 might look like, but I'd like to double check my understanding before engaging in in such an effort, tabula rasa.



[1]: https://stevengharms.com/research/semweb-topic/problem_statement/

Steven G. Harms
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