Thanks for posting here. I'm hoping you can answer a very basic question 
about openannotation: can you explain why annotations are not just more 
relationships in the linked data sphere? Essentially, I don't understand 
why annotations have a standard of their own, and not just a place in an 
ontology. What is special about annotations that RDF could not or would 
not provide, natively?

Thanks. I realize that this may be a big question, and am willing to be 
directed elsewhere. I have looked at the w3c documentation.


On 2/14/13 7:52 AM, Jacob Jett wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm new to this list.
> I'm the project coordinator for the Open Annotation Collaboration
> research project based at the University of Illinois at
> Urbana-Champaign. This project has been working in collaboration with
> similar projects such as the Harvard-based Annotation Ontology project
> to develop an RDF-based data model for digital annotation tools
> supporting interoperable annotations. The 1.0 production ready version
> of this specification, Open Annotation 1.0, has just been published.
> We are announcing three public meetings introducing the Open
> Annotation Data Model Community Specification. These day-long public
> rollouts, carried out in concert with the Annotation Ontology and the
> Open Annotation Community Group
> (, and made possible by
> generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will inform
> digital humanities and sciences computing developers, curators of
> digital collections and scholars using digital content about the W3C
> Open Annotation Community Group’s work.
> Participants will learn about the data model's core features and
> advanced modules through tutorials, a showcase of existing
> implementations, Q&A sessions with community implementers and live
> demonstrations. Topics will include:
> •       The Open Annotation Data Model,
> •       The W3C Open Annotation Community Group,
> •       Existing implementations,
> •       Developer tools & resources.
> Rollout times and places:
> •       U.S. West Coast Rollout – 09 April 2013 at Stanford University
> (RSVP -
> •       U.S. East Coast Rollout – 06 May 2013 at the University of
> Maryland (RSVP -
> •       U.K. Rollout – 24 June 2013 at the University of Manchester
> (RSVP -
> There is no registration fee but RSVP (online) is required. RSVP for a
> rollout near you using one of the links above or by visiting:
> You can learn further information about the W3C Open Annotation
> Community Group and the Open Annotation Collaboration by visiting:
> Regards,
> Jacob
> _____________________________________________________
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