March 28, 2013 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Radcliffe Gym

Annotations Workshop

March 28, 2013 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Radcliffe Gym

In the current digital paradigm for research, teaching, and learning, there is an enormous and growing need to create, search, and discover relevant digital resources. Scholarly annotations and citations have the potential to form a seamless web of access to related resources, scholarship, researchers, and objects for learning and study. With academic work across all disciplines now requiring detailed engagement with all forms of media (including images, video, and audio), interoperable annotation tools for easily citing, searching, discovering, and cross-referencing relevant resources is paramount in building a pillar of collective knowledge. For the past year, Harvard has been working on a campus-wide initiative to develop a federated framework for multi-media annotations. The encouraging feedback we’ve received — and requests to bring this initiative to several institutions in the US and abroad — inspired this workshop.

Preliminary Program

8:30-9:00 Check in, coffee and breakfast

9:00:9:15 Welcome – David Weinberger

9:15-9:45 Introduction – Phil Desenne

9:45-10:45 Platforms (20 mins each)

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:20 Tools for Teaching and Learning (20 mins. each)

12:20-2:00 Lunch and Hands-on/interactive demo sessions

  • Shared Canvas (Rob Sanderson)
  • Domeo Annotation Tool (Paolo Ciccarese)
  • CITE (Neel Smith)
  • Annotation tools for teaching and learning (Phil Desenne)
  • Mediathread (Jonah Bossewitch, Mark Philipson, Adrienne Garber)
  • Matterhorn (Andy Wasklewicz, Tobias Wunden)
  • Critiqueˆit (Ashley Bradford)
  • Highbrow (Reinhard Engels)
  • Annotation Studio (Jamie Folsom, Filip Goc)
  • Filtered Push (Robert Morris)
  • Tag Team (Andrea Bernard)
  • NB PDF Annotation Tool (Sacha Zyto)
  • Open Review (Erik Bauch)
  • 3D Labeling and Annotation Proof of Concept (Pepe Lopez)

2:00-2:40 Standards

  • Open Annotation (OA) Data Model – Paolo Ciccarese
  • Highbrow and the Use of the OA standard – Reinhard Engels

2:45-4:25 Lightning Talks (with a 15 minute break in the middle)

  • Annotating in Astronomy – Chris Erdmann (Presenter), Alberto Accomazzi
  • Transcription for Improved Research, Teaching and Learning at Harvard – Amy Benson (Presenter), Robin McElheny, Susan Pyzynski
  • Filtered Push Project for the Distributed Annotation of Distributed Biodiversity Data – Robert A. Morris
  • Annotator – Arthur Barrett
  • Tag Team – Andrea Bernard (Presenter), Peter Suber
  • The Connected Scholar – Kimberly Hall
  • Harvard Geospatial Library – Bonnie Burns
  • Prototype Note-Taking System for Researchers – David Weinberger
  • Hypothes.is & Annotate it – Samuel Klein
  • Annotation Studio I – Jamie Folsom
  • Annotation Studio II – Filip Goc
  • Open Review – Erik Bauch
  • ChinaX – Wen Yu
  • 3D Labeling and Annotation Proof of Concept – Pepe Lopez
  • H2O Project and Annotations – Dustin Lewis
  • metaLAB – Sneha Khullar

4:30-5:00 Discussion / Q&A – Tim Clark (Moderator)

Organizing Committee and Sponsors


Harvard: Harvard Library, HUIT, Office of the Provost, Radcliffe Institute, Office for Scholarly Communication, MIND Informatics

Organizers, Program Committee:

  • Amy Benson, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University
  • Andrea Goethals, Harvard Library
  • Paolo Ciccarese, Harvard Medical School, MIND Informatics at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Marty Schreiner, Head of Maps, Media, Data and Government Information in the Harvard College Library
  • Phil Desenne, Academic Technology Services, Harvard University Information Technology
  • Gosia Stergios, Office of the Senior Associate Provost for the Harvard Library
  • Judson Harward, Arts & Humanities Research Computing, Harvard University Information Technology
  • Tom Dodson, Office for Scholarly Communication