[MM] comments on "Image Annotation on the SW" revision 1.18


here are some comments on the version as of 17th October 15:12 version

Overall, a very worthwhile document. My comments are mainly at the
detail level.

IP issue?

I have sent a member confidential message concerning Intellectual
Property issues to

please note, that some readers of a public list may prefer not to see
any details of intellectual property issues, and that such discussion
should not (IMO) take place on this list.

Other issues that are not at detail level

There should be one references section not two.
All references in this document are informative. I suggest the
references section should have the title "References"

There are many links in this document to other resources. This is good,
however there are the following issues:
- what are the license terms of ontologies, software and tools linked
- if they are redistributable, should we make a copy of them to avoid
later problems of stale links
- to what extent are the links an endorsement of these approaches. I
think overall it's OK, but maybe we should add some sort of disclaimer.

I think there is a deeper issue to do with how some sections of this
document are a snapshot today of currently interesting web resources, a
bit like a portal, except that this document will not be maintained, and
this list will date.



suggest change "however, will be addressed in a future document"
to "are not addressed in this document"

The current text is a hope, suggested replacement is a fact,

1. Introduction

suggest change:

"not based on Semantic Web technology, either because it predates the
Semantic Web or for other reasons."


"not based on Semantic Web technology often because it predates the
Semantic Web."

1.2 Semantic Web Basics
Suggest adding

5. The Semantic Web is a World Wide system, and addresses some
issues concerning internationalization, for example, the use of
language tags to make the natural language used in metadata explicit,
and to permit metadata in multiple languages simultaneously.

Use case: Management of Personal Digital Photo Collections

(A number of english errors, text here is copy, paste and corrected)

Suggested text:
Advances in digital technologies (cameras, computers, storage,
communication etc) have caused a huge increase of digital multimedia
information captured stored and distributed by personal users over the
web. Digital formats now provide the most cheap, safe and easy way to
broadly capture, store and deliver multimedia content. Many personal
users have thousands of photos (from vacations, parties, traveling,
conferences, everyday life etc), usually stored in several resolutions
on the hard disk of their computers in a simple directory structure
without any metadata. Ideally, the user wants to easily access this
content, view it, create presentations, use it in his homepage, deliver
it over the Internet to other people, make part of it accessible for
other people or even sell part of it to image banks etc. Too often,
however, the only way for this content to be accessed is by browsing the
directories, the name of which usually provides the date and describes
with one or two words the original event captured by the specific
photos. Obviously, this access becomes more and more difficult since the
number of photos increases everyday and the content will quickly become
practically unaccessible.

Use case: Media Production Services

Suggest replace

"make use of the Semantic Web technologies"
"make use of Semantic Web technologies"

Hope this is helpful


Received on Wednesday, 19 October 2005 14:24:27 UTC