Workshop Details

Annotation is a well-established set of practices that supports digital humanities scholarship. Over the course of this half-day workshop we will examine the potential of the Open Annotation Data Model (recently released by the Open Annotation Community Group) for digital humanities scholarship.

Participants will discover ways that this specification can help encourage the extension of existing tools and the development of new more robust, interoperable web-based annotation tools and services that can better meet the needs of the digital humanities scholarly community.

Workshop Place & Time

  • Location: Nebraska Union and Jackie Gaughan Multi-cultural Center, 14th & R Streets, 2nd Floor
  • Times: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Date: 15 July 2013

Workshop Agenda

8:00 AM Welcome, Introduction & Overview (Cole)
8:15 AM Implementer Presentations
  • Introduction to the OA Specification & Ontology (Cole)
  • OA & the Collaborative Authoring and Management of Electronic Scholarly Editions (Hunter)
  • OA & the Shelly Godwin Archive (Smith)
9:15 AM Discussion:
  • Issue Feedback from Audience
  • Use Cases from Audience
10:00 AM [break]
10:15 AM Participant Presentations
  • Context for Digitized Photo Collections (Miller)
  • Text Position Selectors (Laiacona)
10:45 AM Implementations & Developer Resources
  • Video Annotations (Smith)
  • LoreStore & Annotator (Cole)
11:15 AM Discussion:
  • What's needed now?
  • Next steps?
11:45 AM Wrap-up (All)


We are asking each workshop registrant to submit a brief (1 to 2 page) summary describing their work with specific annotation applications, annotation-related research requirements or annotation use cases and giving their initial reaction to the Open Annotation data model. Submissions will be published to the Workshop Website as they are recieved, see Digital Annotation Use Case Summaries section below. A selection of submittors will be chosen to give brief presentations of their summaries during the course of the workshop.

Digital Annotation Use Case Summaries

Participant summaries should be submitted to

Useful DH Links

Additional information about the workshop and the Digitial Humanities Conference can be found on DH 2013's website.

Registration for the Using OA Workshop is through DH 2013's general registraiton.

About the W3C Open Annotation Community Group

The Open Annotation Community Group was founded to work towards a common, RDF-based, specification for annotating digital resources. The effort began by working towards a reconciliation of two proposals that emerged in 2010 and 2011: the Annotation Ontology and the Open Annotation Model. The editors of these proposals closely collaborated to devise a common draft specification that addressed requirements and use cases that were identified in the course of their respective efforts. Throughout 2012 members of the community group experimented with the draft specification and provided public feedback resulting in the Open Annotation Data Model Specification published on 05 February 2013.

Learn more.

Workshop Leaders

  • Timothy W. Cole, Mathematics and Digital Content Access Librarian and Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois
  • Jane Hunter, Professorial Research Fellow & Leader of the eResearch Lab, School of ITEE, The University of Queensland
  • James Smith, Software Architect at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (at the University of Maryland)