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Defining Annotations: a visual (re)interpretation

Mary B. Ruvane

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


A variety of research has focused on annotations and methods for incorporating `them` into digital formats. Absent from most is a clear definition of what is meant by the term `annotation` and the characteristics they embody. In the digital world it is often perceived as a synonym for metadata, but in the analog world it may refer to a reader`s scribbled notes in the margins. These are both types of annotation, but at opposing ends of the scale; one formal the other informal. Marshall`s seven dimensions of annotation are (re)presented here in a new visual format to encourage further dialog and clarification (figure 1).

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