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Towards Decentralized Annotations in Digital Books and on the Web

by Tom De Nies, Ruben Verborgh, Miel Vander Sande, Ben De Meester, Hajar Ghaem Sigarchian, Anastasia Dimou, Wesley De Neve, Erik Mannens, and Rik Van de Walle

In recent years, the concept of machine-interpretable annotations – for example using RDFa – has been gaining support in the Web community. Websites are increasingly adding these annotations to their content, in order to increase their discoverability and visibility to external agents and services. This paper highlights two problems with current annotations and offers potential solutions. The first problem is that annotations largely remain centralized: the party responsible for publishing the content is also in control of the annotations. This limits the available annotation sources; for instance, note, comments, and links offered by third parties can only appear with the explicit approval of the content publisher. The second problem is that digital books have not undergone the same evolution yet, and the vast amount of useful information contained within them remains siloed and unaccessible for machines.

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Published in 2014 in Proceedings of the W3C Workshop on Annotations.

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@inproceedings{denies_annotations_2014,
  title = {Towards Decentralized Annotations in Digital Books and on the {Web}},
  author = {De Nies, Tom and Verborgh, Ruben and Vander Sande, Miel and De Meester, Ben and Ghaem Sigarchian, Hajar and Dimou, Anastasia and De Neve, Wesley and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  year = 2014,
  month = apr,
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the W3C Workshop on Annotations},
  url = {http://www.w3.org/2014/04/annotation/submissions/2014.04-W3CAnnotations-Towards_Decentralized_Annotations_in_Digital_Books_and_on_the_Web.pdf},
}

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T. De Nies, R. Verborgh, M. Vander Sande, B. De Meester, H. Ghaem Sigarchian, A. Dimou, W. De Neve, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle, “Towards Decentralized Annotations in Digital Books and on the Web,” in Proceedings of the W3C Workshop on Annotations, 2014.
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Tom De Nies et al. 2014. Towards Decentralized Annotations in Digital Books and on the Web. In Proceedings of the W3C Workshop on Annotations.
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De Nies, T., Verborgh, R., Vander Sande, M., De Meester, B., Ghaem Sigarchian, H., Dimou, A., De Neve, W., Mannens, E., Van de Walle, R.: Towards Decentralized Annotations in Digital Books and on the Web. In: Proceedings of the W3C Workshop on Annotations (2014).
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De Nies, T., Verborgh, R., Vander Sande, M., De Meester, B., Ghaem Sigarchian, H., Dimou, A., … Van de Walle, R. (2014). Towards Decentralized Annotations in Digital Books and on the Web. In Proceedings of the W3C Workshop on Annotations.
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De Nies, Tom et al. “Towards Decentralized Annotations in Digital Books and on the Web.” Proceedings of the W3C Workshop on Annotations. 2014. Print.

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