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2017 SSP 39th Annual Meeting

Concurrent 3F: Web Annotations…

Concurrent 3F: Web Annotations: Enabling Universal Discourse around Scholarship

Scholarly communication on the Web has moved from simple publication of static content to engagement with scholars in an interactive and participatory environment. Scholars are seeking research tools and feedback in an ongoing, collaborative process. This session will discuss outcomes from two technically focused communities approach to fulfilling that need. The Annotating All Knowledge project (https://hypothes.is/annotating-all-knowledge/), a coalition made up of many of the worlds key scholarly publishers, platforms, libraries, and technology organizations, is an innovative initiative that is enabling rich and respectful discussion via web-based annotations. IIIF, the International Image Interoperablity Framework (http://iiif.io/), is a community of over 600 international cultural heritage organizations, national libraries, research institutions, museums, technology firms and aggregators that is using standards to provide dynamic access to image-based content for both the results and objects of scholarship, also built around the notion of annotation. After a discussion of the use cases that brought the communities together and a demo of the free, open-source, standards-based technologies these projects are using to create a dynamic, interoperable context for scholarship, the speakers will engage with the attendees to learn how the scholarly community would like to see these projects evolve to improve the ability for scholars to communicate about and interact with their digital content.

Moderator: Bill Kasdorf, Apex CoVantage, Content Solutions


Karen Estlund, Penn State University Libraries
Karen Estlund is the Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies for Penn State Libraries where she provides leadership and advocacy for information technology, digital initiatives, cataloging and metadata services, publishing and curation services, and coordinates collaborations with the Penn State University Press. Prior to Penn State, Karen served as the head of the Digital Scholarship Center at the University of Oregon, where she supported the publication of digital editions the Oregon Petrarch Open Book project, Archaeology and Landscape in the Mongolian Altai, and We Are the Face of Oaxaca and oversaw the librarys journal publishing and repository programs. Karen was a founding journal editorial board member of an open access, open peer review multi-modal journal, Ada: a Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology. Karen serves on the coordinating committee for IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) and co-chairs the IIIF newspaper community group.
Dan Whaley, Hypothes.is
Dan Whaley is the Founder and President of Hypothesis, a non-profit bringing an open source, standards based annotation solution to the Web. He also helped organize the Annotating All Knowledge coalition, and is a participant in the W3C Web Annotation Working Group. In 1994, Dan launched the online travel industry as the coder and entrepreneur who founded Internet Travel Network (ITN, later renamed GetThere). The first airline reservation made over the web was booked via a server in his living room in 1995. GetThere was purchased in 2000 by Sabre, Inc. and today processes over $10B of travel a year.
Bill Kasdorf, Apex CoVantage, Content Solutions
Bill Kasdorf is VP and Principal Consultant of Apex Content Solutions. Past President of SSP, he is a recipient of SSPs Distinguished Service Award, the IDEAlliance/DEER Luminaire Award, and the BISG Industry Champion Award. Bill serves on the Steering Committee of the W3C Publishing Business Group and the W3Cs EPUB 3 Community Group and Digital Publishing Interest Group; the International Press Telecommunications Council; is Chair of the BISG Content Structure Committee; and is an active member of ABC, the Accessible Books Consortium, the EDUPUB Alliance, the IDEAlliance Tech Council, and the SSP Organizational Collaboration Committee. Bill has spoken at many industry events, such as SSP, STM, AAUP, DBW, OReilly TOC, NISO, BISG, IDPF, IPTC, Seybold Seminars, and the Library of Congress. In his consulting practice, Bill has served publishers such as Pearson, Wolters Kluwer, Kaplan, Sage, Harvard, Toronto, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge, ASME, and IEEE, and organizations such as the World Bank, the British Library, OCLC, and the European Union.